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Caramelized Cheese & Maple Raisin Onions On Pumpernickel

This 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. Paired with Maple Raisin Onions (recipe included) and pumpernickel bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner, dinner, lunch, side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gjetost cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, norweigan cheese
Servings: 1 sandwich
Author: Sylvia Eastman


Maple Raisin Onions

  • 1 cup sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  • 2 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Gjetost cheese {or more, to taste}
  • 2 tablespoons maple raisin onions


To make the Maple Raisin Onions

  • 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.
    Turn the heat down low and prepare the sandwiches. 

To make the Sandwiches

  • Heat a heavy pan.
    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.


Maple Raisin Onions

This recipe will make about a cup of onions. You only need about 2 tablespoons per sandwich. It's a great condiment on other sandwiches as well. It will keep for about 3-5 days, in a sealed container in the fridge.