Caramelized Cheese & Maple Raisin Onions on Pumpernickel

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The grilled cheese festival continues! Today’s vegetarian-friendly sandwich features a Norwegian cheese called Gjetost Ski Queen. This cheese is not your standard fare, it’s caramelized during the production process, making it sweet and decadent and yeah, OK, a little bit fudgy even.


Probably hard to imagine that but if you’re the adventurous type, I obviously think you should give it a go! The maple raisin onions add another level of flavour and texture and the whole thing is packaged up between some savoury slices of pumpernickel.

This sandwich is part of Menu 5, “Say Cheese” from my Make it a Meal Series.  Earlier I posted some cheezy battered oven fries and a bacon buttered sandwich for the carnivores. I’ve also got a vegan-friendly hot chili grilled cheeze, and soon I’ll be posting dessert in the form of tangerine dreamsicles. Of course you don’t have to make the entire meal, you can just make the sandwich if you like and it’s really versatile enough to be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Maple Raisin Onions

The quantity here obviously depends on the size of the onion that you are using. You only need about 2 tablespoons onion per sandwich, so you may have leftovers. It’s good as a condiment on sandwiches, or mixed into eggs! 


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Slice the onion into long thin strips.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Add the onions and raisins and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes until they are brown and caramelized. Stir in the maple syrup.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and prepare the sandwiches.


Per Sandwich


  • 2 slices pumpernickel bread
  • butter
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3rd cup grated Ski Queen Gjetost cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of the maple raisin onions


  1. Heat a heavy pan.
  2. Butter one side of the pumpernickel and place it butter side down in the pan. Top with the grated cheese and onions. Butter the second slice of bread and place it butter side up. Grill each side for about 2 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bread is toasted and crunchy.

Ski Queen Gjetost Cheese

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Read about what’s behind the Make it a Meal concept here, and take a look at some of the other menus in the series: Chili Night, Thai One On, Don’t Fritter it Away, and Peas & Love. They’re all plant-based menus with vegetarian and omni-friendly options!

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