Nor’wester Grilled Cheese and Mushroom Sandwich

We have so many amazing foods here the Pacific Northwest, I thought it would be fun to create a grilled cheese sandwich from some of the local ingredients.

What you need:

  • 1 Large sweet, walla walla onion
  • ½ pound fresh morels (or reconstituted dried)
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 Tablespoons of butter (the real stuff)
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 12 ounces of extra sharp Tillamook cheddar
  • 8 medium slices of camagnolo or rustic sourdough bread (Grand Central right out of the PNW is great or follow the link and make it yourself- it’s easy!)


How to Do it:

Slice the onion into thick slices. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Sauté the onions until they are soft and lightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Clean the morels and cut them into small piece. Melt 4 Tablespoons of butter in the skillet and crush the garlic into the hot butter. Cook gently for just a minute or two. Add the morels. Cook on medium, being careful not to burn the butter, until the mushrooms are browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Melt the remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter and brush one side of each slice of bread.


Turn the buttered side down. One each of four slices of the bread, add ¼ of the onions and ¼ of the morels. Slice the cheese into thick slices and place them on top of the onions and morels. Top each with a slice of bread, butter side up.

Wipe the skillet out and spay gently with cooking spray. Cook the sandwiches in the skillet on both sides until the cheese is melted and the bread is browned. You may need to turn them twice to keep the bread from burning.

Remove from the heat and serve cut in half with a good, cold Oregon beer!


Serves 4


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23 Responses to Nor’wester Grilled Cheese and Mushroom Sandwich

  1. Becky says:

    Your sandwich looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Tillamook cheddar is the BEST!

  2. Audrey says:

    Oh my this sounds fabulous! Love grilled onions and mix them with cheese and morels.

    Thanks for sharing on #TastyTuesdays.

  3. Teresa says:

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches and your looks just amazing! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty link Party. Pinned!

  4. What a great flavour combination and perfect for a snack or easy TV dinner. Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party and have a great weekend.

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  7. The sandwich looks great! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh my, that looks good. I love all varieties of grilled cheese!

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  11. Jamie says:

    I was just telling to my husband that I want to try morel mushrooms. I’ve never heard of them until we moved to the south and I guess it’s a huge thing here to go out in the woods and gather them. This recipe sounds delicious. I’m bringing back my Monday link party @ DIY Home Sweet Home (first one will be Oct. 16th) and I would love for you to stop by and link up your recipe or any new projects your working on!

    • HelenFern says:

      Oregon is known for it’s beautiful morels!! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be sure to check out your party!! Thanks.

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  14. Jenna says:

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches, this sounds so good!!

    • HelenFern says:

      Thanks Jenna! I made it for a contest (that I did not win – LOL). I wanted it to represent where I live and the delicious offerings we have in the Pacific Northwest.

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