Add a little bit of health into your grilled cheese with this kale, caramelized onion and brie version.
kale, caramelized onion and brie grilled cheese

Bandwidth is kind of like that little black dress you have in your closet that’s a size too small andΒ just.barely zippers but not so much that you can actually comfortably inhale in it, but you still keep it anyway because someday (that elusive someday!!!) it will fit again.

Except, only on opposite day.


And unless you are my hosting company who, yesterday, when I called to complain about my site being down because its bandwidth was exceeded, accused me of getting “too much traffic” and seemed pretty incredulous when I agreed to pay five dollars Β more each month for more imaginary space rather than have my site be down until November 1st.

What can I say, I live on the edge sometimes.


I mean, I may be totally off my rocker here, but…shouldn’t this be a cause for celebration?

And, because I am most certainly not above rewarding myself with food. Cheese party? Grilled cheese party?

We’re doing this.


Did you guys know that October is American Cheese Month? And if so, why did I not get the memo?!

American Cheese is so much more than that weird synthetic orange-yellow stuff your mom used to serve you. It actually refers to any cheese made in America, which is SO.MUCH.CHEESE.

As I’m sure you guys are aware by now, Whole Foods Market is totally into celebrating local producers of all things edible and they are highlighting five cheeses this month that were crafted by their very own Certified Cheese Professionals (aka CCPs aka howdoIgetthatjob?!?) and American cheesemakers, and are currently being sold in stores nationwide.

I was given the chance to create a cheese plate with three of these five cheeses and I also totally grilled cheese one of them up. To show you how versatile it is. And because brie.grilled.cheese.yes.

I shouldn’t really call it brie, though, because it was actually the Mt Tam cheese by Cowgirl Creamery, which is kind of brie-like in all of its triple cream glory. And it melts kind of perfectly into this kale caramelized onion sandwich. I’m just saying, if you’re not into eating cheese plain (re: The.Boy), then this is for sure the way to go.

I also got to try the Asiago Fresca from SAXON Creamery, which was almost Parmesan-y in flavor but with a more meltable, elastic texture; and the Bonne Bouche from Vermont Creamery with its geotrichum rind (no idea what that means but apparently it’s super cool) and smoky flavor from being ripened in ash (sounds weird, but makes for one fabulous goat cheese). The two that I did not get to sink my teeth into this go-around (but that you can bet I’ll be seeking out imminently) were the Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove Chevre and Gran Queso from EMMI Roth USA.

Now that I’ve made you jealous (and hungry) with all this cheese talk, I should let you know that Whole Foods has been so gracious to allow me to give away a $50 gift card to one of you guys so that you can make the cheese plate of YOUR dreams!! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite cheese is. Winner will be announced next Wednesday, November 6th! Good luck!

Disclaimer: While I received cheese and a gift card from Whole Foods to develop recipes and create this post, my thoughts and opinions are my own!


One year ago…Broccoli and Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Goat Cheese, Autumn Ratatouille

Four years ago…Spicy Chicken Coconut Curry

Kale, Caramelized Onion and Brie Grilled Cheese
Add a little bit of health into your grilled cheese with this kale, caramelized onion and brie version.
Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions, cut into ½-inch thick slices
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 8 slices bread
  • 4 oz brie
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add in the onion slices, a pinch of pepper, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 10 minutes, or until the onion is tender and browned, stirring frequently. Add in the kale leaves and stir until wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the red wine vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the brie evenly among half of the bread slices. Top with the kale/onion mixture and the remaining bread. Heat in the oven until brie is melted, about 5 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich


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146 Responses to Kale, Caramelized Onion and Brie Grilled Cheese #giveaway

  1. Love grown up grilled cheese sandwiches! They’re one of my favorite, easy dinners to make for the hubs and me.
    And my fav cheese? This may be the hardest questions I’ve been asked all week, geeez. πŸ™‚ I’d have to say brie…or manchego…or honestly, good ol’ classic cheddar!

  2. dana says:

    Brie, goat, and feta!

  3. Trisha says:

    This has all.the.things. Yum! And the kale totally counteracts all the cheese I will consume when making these, right?

    I am a lover of all cheeses, but I guess my favorite is pecorino!

  4. Grown-up grilled cheese is always fantastic. And this one looks awesome!

    My favorite cheese is probably either straight up gorgonzola, or Cambozola.

  5. This is all dressed up and makes me want a grilled cheese sandwich!! Brie is just delicious.

  6. patsy says:

    I love this grown-up grilled cheese! I wish I had gotten the memo on October being cheese month, too… I would’ve celebrated every day!

  7. Yes, please. Let’s celebrate with MANY grilled cheeses:-)

  8. Brie makes the world go ’round. This looks awesome!

  9. Jen E says:

    Favorite cheese is probably Bleu…though Brie is right up there, followed by Raclette and Gouda. Can I just say I like them all! And that sandwich looks amazing…but I could easily snarf down that platter with apple slices and crackers as well. YUM!!!!

  10. bellini says:

    Healthy grilled cheese…I feel a little less guilty just thinking about it.

  11. Faith says:

    I am SUCH a sucker for cheese! My favorite is a three-cheese blend I picked up on an impulse one day at Whole Foods. It was a goat/cow/sheep cheese trio (all blended into one single round) and my GOSH I have never tasted anything so creamy or perfect before in my whole life!
    My runner up would be a blueberry vanilla Chevre that Sam’s Club once sold but recently discontinued. HOW RUDE.

  12. Megan says:

    That grilled cheese is mouthwatering! And congrats on all the traffic. Picking a favorite cheese is sooo difficult. Lately I have been loving really nutty goudas, like the Beemster.

  13. gloria says:

    This sounds delicious Joanne!:)

  14. Kat says:

    Totally depends on my mood, but it’s a toss-up between Beemster (which is a fantastic nutty aged gouda) and gorgonzola dolce.

  15. Abby says:

    I love Monterey Jack cheese or pepper jack cheese! It delicious when it has a kick.

  16. Simone says:

    I love all cheese… but especially goat, manchego, and gruyere!!

  17. Monica says:

    Yum…I love fontina cheese in a sandwich…also love mozzarella, parmesan, brie, cheddar…

  18. SallyBR says:

    Just saying hello, I cannot participate of the giveaway, because Whole Foods is too far from our town, and I doubt we would have a chance to go in the near future (we were in Kansas City just last week)

    Anyway, great post, and congrats on exceeding your bandwidth. Better that than the waist on your skinny jeans. πŸ˜‰

  19. Katherine says:

    There’s a dairy farm not too far from me – Lovetree Farmstead – and they make fantastic cave-aged goat cheese. That is my favorite!

  20. barbara n says:

    I love, love, love all cheese but especially Wensleydale with Cranberries which I can only find at the holidays!

  21. Katie K says:

    Delish! My favorite cheese is aged gouda. Amazing!

  22. Katie says:

    Tough to pick a favorite, but I think I have to go with goat cheese!

  23. i didnt even know this was cheese month because I celebrate cheese all year long πŸ˜› I am into goat and feta lately.

  24. Liz says:

    Yum! Sharp cheddar cheese and wine is my favorite!

  25. Marcia says:

    You had me at caramelized onions…
    Asking me to pick a favorite cheese is like asking a mom which of her kids is her favorite. I love them all! But I guess goat cheese takes the first place!

  26. Yummmmmm I had no idea it was cheese month, maybe that is why I’m so obsessed with it lately! LOL! I love brie, goat cheese, parmesan, sooooo many. I have only tried one cheese I didn’t like because it tasted like dirty socks smell, LOL! I love the grilled cheese you made with the kale and caramelized onions, MmmmmM!

  27. Danielle says:

    Cheese is the main thing that keeps me from being completely vegan! I just love it too much to give it up. I truly love just about all varieties but I especially love goat cheese! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. This would certainly help my monthly food budget!

  28. Nice job on this sandwich, Joanne. Sure wish I had one of these here, now!!

  29. Courtney says:

    Goat and Brie!

  30. Aggie says:

    Amazing. That is all πŸ™‚

  31. Lynn says:

    Cheese is my most favorite thing in the world and this sandwich looks marvelous!

  32. Cori says:

    I just found this great cheese that’s cheddar with scallions and stuff mixed in…I think it’s called Cotewald? SO good.

  33. Tracy says:

    I’m a bread and cheese nut, so sometimes my favorite is a good, sharp Cheddar. On a Triscuit. With some grapes. Sometimes all I want is goat cheese with jam on a cracker. Or provolone. Or Parmesan. Mozzarella. Jarlsberg. Gruyere. Manchego. Queso fresco…. And that mouth-watering sandwich will help me use up the piles of kale I collected when I put my garden to bed for the winter.

  34. Kim says:

    I love any and all cheese! My favorite is probably shredded cheddar.:)

  35. I have never met a cheese I didn’t liked! My very favorite is Cypress Grove Chevre’s Midnight Moon, an aged goat cheese. With fig preserves!

  36. Mt Tam sounds delicious in this! I love stuffing some greens into melty sandwiches. I don’t know if I could pick one favorite cheese, but Humboldt Fog is very high on my list!

  37. Kristen says:

    I am all about the stinky cheeses. Even better if they are stinky/pungent/strong flavored and have nature’s own flavor crystals! Epoises may be my ultimate cheese of choice, but the Rogue River people make some awesome blue’s, and the Mt. Tam Red Hawk is amazing as well. I love cheese πŸ™‚

  38. Fave has to be burrata or ricotta.

  39. kim says:

    my fav cheese is fresh mozzarella!!

  40. ali says:

    love all cheeses….. have to say goat and sharp cheddar and blue and……….

  41. Lisa says:


    My favorite cheese is smoked Gouda. Hands down, favorite. A close second is goat cheese.

  42. Jenna B FL says:

    Holy Heaven Joanne! This recipe looks and sounds amazing. Unique artisan grilled cheeses are by far my favorite. I may just have to stop by whole foods this evening and pick up everything to make this πŸ™‚

    I would also have to say that while I love all types of cheese, some of my favorites are the soft ones.
    Brie, Camembert, and can’t forget ever wonderful Goat Cheese.

    -Jenna B. Miami, Florida

  43. In all honesty, I never met a cheese I didn’t like. And this cheese plate would make me endlessly happy! Hmmm…my current fave is Weissbier by Castello.

  44. Karen says:

    That looks SO good. I wouldn’t say no to *any* kind of cheese, but today Feta might be my fave.

  45. I’m sure the cheese is good too but that BREAD looks amazing!

  46. Too much traffic is a good problem to have…although, if people can’t access your site because your host is a douche, then that pretty much negates having to much traffic. In other news, did someone say caramelized onion and brie? Because I think I might have passed out for a minute there.

  47. kelsey says:

    50.00 on cheese? DREAMY COME TRUE! Fave cheese is super creamy goat but I also have a soft spot for some good ole parm.

  48. Emily L says:

    I’ve been loving goat cheese lately…so tasty sprinkled on top of salad greens!
    I really like Humboldt Fog too! I always spend way too much time in the cheese section at Whole Foods…

  49. Kaitlin M says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever found a cheese I DIDN’T like! If I have to choose I’d say my favorite is sharp cheddar.

  50. Great flavor combo Joanne and that bread looks like it has the best crust ever.

  51. Didn’t know October is the cheese month…cheese should be celebrated every day!
    The sandwiches look droolworthy!

  52. EEEE! Ok so I love cheese (esp brie) but my fave is probs. Parmigiano Reggiano!

  53. I lurve caramelized onions and pairing them with kale – gurrrl – you are a grilled-cheese maven!
    Unfortunately, cheese is not my friend – I can only tolerate it in small quantities, thats why I like feta – a little feta goes a long, long way!

  54. I am beside myself with envy- God bless Whole Foods and their generosity in letting you pick all that awesome cheese!! I’m such a cheese glutton- no way in the world would I be able to choose my favorite. But some? I’d have to say Cabot Clothbound Cheddar; a barely set, fresh goat cheese with rosemary; and Maytag Blue Cheese (also bc I heart dishwasher companies that also make cheese, because so random)

  55. I’m making this…but on the cornbread I made this weekend. Yeah I know, amaZING!

  56. My server is down so often and I don’t really get that much traffic sigh I hate bandwith! But I wouldn’t hate this sandwich, darn, it looks amazing! So cheesy, I love it!

  57. Kate says:

    I think I’ve said this before, but burrata is my favorite cheese in the world!

  58. Mouthwatering! This grilled cheese looks incredible, Joanne. My fave has gotta be fresh mozzarella!

  59. Beth says:

    Yes, I’m both jealous and hungry! My favourite kind of cheese – how could I pick just one? Let’s say today it’s St. Agur, but tomorrow it could very easily be Ossau-Iraty. Love, love, love.

  60. Mt. Tam triple cream is the bees knees!!!! Easily one of my most favorite cheeses!

  61. Caitlin says:

    My favorite cheese is definitely pecorino romana πŸ™‚

  62. Pam says:

    I went through similar problems with the hosting company I used when I switched to WordPress. They shut my blog down several times daily. I finally switched to Liquid Web and have had ABSOLUTELY no problems.

    This sandwich is screaming my name. I love everything about it! YYUUMM!

  63. Rosie says:

    My favorite cheese is Brie. I had just recently tried one on sale at Whole Foods, the brand was Notre Dame, very low priced! I love sampling new cheeses at Whole Foods. One of my treats is to explore a basket they keep with small pieces – I’m learning so much. They’re cheese department is out o this world, and I love following Cathy Strange, their main cheese buyer, who goes all over the world and into the cheese caves looking for the best products. LUV!

  64. Susan says:

    That Mt. Tam cheese is to die for but it is pricey out here! Also I detected a snooty tone from your hosting company, shouldn’t they be happy for you and the fact that they now have gotten you pay more each month? Geez (and yeah)!

  65. Maria says:

    Mmm, this is reminiscent of your “kalegg” bowl, now a famous dish in our kitchen.

    I’m a big fan of aged gouda. The crunchier and older, the better.

  66. Leanna says:

    My favorite cheese is the free kind. I love cheese, pretty much any kind.

    A cheese plate is among my favorite things. Nothing makes a party better.

  67. Congrats on the extra traffic! Brie is my most favorite cheese especially when it’s grilled.

  68. sippitysup says:

    I predict you will love Humboldt Fog, find it! GREG

  69. Our favorite cheeses are goat cheese and creamy truffle cheeses. Would love to try the Asiago Fresca cheese some day. BTW, we love this sandwich! Genius!

  70. I can live on grilled cheese and for most of my childhood I did. I love the use of kale in these sandwiches, perfect to use up some of our harvest!

  71. Debra Lee says:

    I love grilled pimento cheese sandwiches! Blue Cheese is my favorite though!

  72. @700words says:

    That looks absolutely amazing Joanne x

  73. debbie says:

    My favorite cheese is muenster. The sandwich looks really good but I have to tell you that the bread is calling to me…did u make that bread? God it looks soooo good!!!!

  74. P says:

    I love brie! I used to eat it all the time in middle school as an after school snack on top of crackers. I think a reunion with brie cheese in the form of a grilled cheese sandwich is certainly in order πŸ™‚

  75. Simply Life says:

    cheese really does make just about everything taste better!

  76. emily says:

    my favorite cheese is FETA. oh my goodness i love it. i haven’t tried that many though and i’d love to pick some cheese up from the fancy section without burning a hole in my pocket. maybe i’ll try some burrata or some fancy tallegio!!!

  77. Brenna says:

    I will now be making a cheese plate later, thanks!!! My favorite cheese is goat!

  78. Mimi says:

    Fresh mozzarella, definitely!

  79. Christina says:

    Triple cream cheese. Done and done πŸ™‚

  80. Kelly D says:

    My favorite cheese is mozzarella.

  81. Kristin says:

    All I can say is, you are in for a treat. Humbolt Fog is my all time favorite cheese. I did a big happy dance when my tiny little deli here in remote Alaska started to carry it at my request!

  82. TJ says:

    My favorite cheese is aged pecorino.

  83. Carrie Ann says:

    Beechers Flagship cheese

  84. My favourite cheese is…. cashew cheese!! πŸ™‚ Although I recently went to a vegan cheese party and want to make my own cheeses!

  85. such a sophisticated grilled cheese sandwich!! and oh my gosh, it is so hard to choose a cheese! i love aged cheddars and pecorino and a good quality goat cheese and taleggio and burratta and gorgonzola and the list could go on and on!

  86. I’d say too much traffic is definitely a cause for celebration! And I am totally into new uses for kale at the moment, so whilst cheese and I are not firm friends, kale and caramelized onion in grilled sandwich form sounds like a brilliant idea.

  87. Fiona says:

    Any cheese really … but if forced to choose it would be gruyere for cooking and any blue cheese for eating.

  88. jacquie says:

    my favorite is a nice sharp aged cheddar.

  89. Monet says:

    I love any and all raw milk cheeses. And I’m so happy to hear about all these “good” things in this post. You can’t be upset about too much traffic here! Love and hugs, sweet friend!

  90. Johanna GGG says:

    that cheese on toast sounds amazing to me – no wonder your traffic is skyrocketing (I’ve never thought about bandwidth but surely if we all breathed in and held our breathe we should fit)

  91. Elena says:

    My favorite cheese is Gouda

  92. I am a cheese addict! And awesome that you need more space in our other world πŸ™‚

  93. Veronica says:

    Congrats on getting so much traffic you had to increase your bandwidth! Now that’s a GOOD problem to have. πŸ™‚ Cheese is definitely in order, and this sandwich is perfect.

  94. Gaby says:

    Goat cheese or brie! Though I’ve never had a bad meal that included boring old colby jack yum

  95. Kristen M says:

    My favorite cheeses are sharp cheddar or fruity goat cheese (with honey, cranberries, etc)

  96. ramblingtart says:

    This sandwich is wickedly amazing, luv. πŸ™‚ My favorite cheese is Cambazola. πŸ™‚

  97. What a fantastic looking sandwich Joanne! You certainly can’t go wrong with brie and crusty bread. Delicious!

  98. Love brie, goat cheese, and blue cheese (too hard to choose one). And this grilled cheese looks amazing- any sandwich with melted cheese is good in my books

  99. Christine says:

    Loved this post and cheese. My absolute favorite is Leyden cheese. LOVE IT! It has cumin seeds embedded in it. Truly heaven on a pumpernickel or another black bread with a bit of butter. Pure nirvana. Every time I indulge, I am in The Netherlands and surrounded with so many memories!!

  100. Pat says:

    My favorite cheese is havarti with dill – its such a delicious snack with veggies!

  101. Hotly Spiced says:

    I am having the exact same issues with my host at the moment – barating me for having too much traffic and taking up too much space on HER site! I did try to visit you yesterday but got the cold shoulder and felt very sorry for you! I’m glad you’re back up and running xx

  102. Go you, such a nice reason for needing more bandwidth! I’m assuming that international entries aren’t available, but OH DAMN this makes me want to go to America and load up on local cheese.

  103. meredith says:

    I love mac and cheese! Its my favorite comfort food, especially on a fall/winter day!

  104. elizabeth e says:

    one, this looks amazing! two, i like all the cheeses. but if i had to choose, i think i’d go with cheddar. love a good english cheddar, white cheddar, smoky cheddar — all the cheddars!

  105. Manchego is probably my favorite cheese but that Bonne Bouche sounds very good.
    Your grilled cheese with Brie looks great!

  106. Love the intro to this. Funny how we pay for space, right?

    This is my kind of sandwich. Looks delish!

  107. Chris says:

    See what happens when you get too popular? πŸ™‚

    That bread looks perfect for using for soup and half sandwich, because it’s so crusty and hearty.

  108. Michelle says:

    Parmigiano-Reggiano. I just can’t get enough of it’s sharp, salty bite. Quality is everything with parm, a big block imported from Italy is a totally different ball game than that grated plastic tub you get the pasta aisle, and so worth a little extra.

  109. Lilli says:

    I LOVE triple creme goat cheese. It is too good!!

  110. Mabel C. says:

    I love love love camembert!

  111. kale in grilled cheese?!? yum! my alltime favorite cheese is baby swiss with lots of holes! i don’t know why, but they make it better πŸ™‚

  112. Anita says:

    Tallegio! Try it the next time you are at Whole Foods – I have a hard time waiting for when it goes on sale – eat it at room temp – MAHVELOUS, Dahling!

  113. Kim Beaulieu says:

    This is one seriously stunning grilled cheese. A nice grown up version. Totally love the photos too.

  114. Reeni says:

    I’d do anything for one of these tasty grown-up grilled cheeses right now! I’m bummed because I don’t live anywhere near a Whole Foods! Wish I would get one.

  115. Shannon says:

    a grilled cheese party sounds like a totally fabulous idea. especially if these are getting served! yum πŸ™‚

  116. sara says:

    Awesome giveaway! My fav cheese is Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk

  117. Your sandwich looks fantastic!! I would say my favorite cheese is mozzarella.

  118. Holly B says:

    I love Brie and Smoked Gouda πŸ™‚

  119. Margot C says:

    Lately I’ve been mad for Gruyere; the nutty taste – great with an apple.

  120. Becca F says:

    I love Brie Cheese

  121. Lilli says:

    Camembert is gorgeous, however the more good cheese I try the more I fall in love with other types, blue cheese and goats cheese and also brilliant.

  122. rachel says:

    I’m a gouda girl, for sure! πŸ™‚

  123. sandra says:

    Congrats for your awesome bandwidth – every giga-watt (or whatever it breaks down into) is well deserved. Um, American “Cheese”?? I just wrote a heated email to the DOE about this very thing – about how it shouldn’t be in school lunches… but I see now, you don’t mean that orange stuff, whew, I was worried.

  124. Renae says:

    Brie is my favorite cheese! But they’re all so good it’s sometimes hard to choose!

  125. Love brie in any form, and the sandwich looks yummy.

  126. Ashley says:

    Cheese is always something to celebrate! And I love this “healthy” version of grilled cheese. Super yummy!

  127. D SCHMIDT says:

    My favorite cheese is brie, I love any form of brie!

  128. karen says:

    Any and all goat cheese!

  129. First, congrats on having “too much traffic” πŸ™‚ Ahh, to pick my favorite cheese is like choosing a favorite child – there are oh so many amazing American made cheeses that are worthy – big fan of Mt Tam and Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery but if I had to pick, Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Upland Cheese is divine – kind of alike a gruyere.

  130. Rachel says:

    This grilled cheese looks awesome! My favorite is a sharp cheddar.

  131. Katrina says:

    I love a really sharp white cheddar!

  132. Jessie C. says:

    I like Gouda cheese

  133. fave cheese? just one?! no can do! πŸ™‚ i guess I’ll say feta but really there are oh so many!

    and i love this sandwich…I’ve had it on my to-make list forever!

  134. Meredith says:

    My favorite cheese is Goat Gouda. Thank you for the chance to win!

  135. Meryl says:

    My favorite is Parmigiano Reggiano.

  136. Lou says:

    I like Gruyere and Manchego.

  137. Julie says:

    Pepperjack and med. cheddar
    thanks for the giveaway

  138. JoAn says:

    I like mozarella, basil, olive oil, and crusty bread.

  139. Congrats on having so many viewers you crashed your site! Haha, that’s def a good thing. This grilled cheese looks great. Nate requests grilled cheese every weekend so I’ll be keeping this one in mind πŸ™‚

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  142. I’m all about the cheese, cheese parties and grilled cheese sandwiches. All the time. so it’s probably a good thing we moved to Wisconsin. πŸ™‚ love love love this kale-caramelized-onion-and-brie-grilled-cheese!!! Amazing!!! and congrats on the “too much traffic” when you posted this. . I’m always so impressed with what you do here and it seems so are a lot of other people!!! hey, can I ask, which hosting company you use?

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