Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Coconut Chutney


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I joined the CIC: Crazy Ingredient Challenge  a couple of months ago and finally made something for it! Each month, a group of bloggers, led by Jutta of Hungry Little Girl, come together to create unique recipes using two specific ingredients. This month’s challenge was Tomato and Coconut.

There were so many ideas, but I finally settled on these Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Coconut Chutney. I got the idea from my previously made Braaibroodjie, a South African grilled sandwich with cheese, tomato, red onion, and chutney. Instead of the usual Peach or Mango Chutney, I made a simple tomato coconut chutney. The resulting sandwich was wonderful. We all loved it. I would have never thought to try tomato and coconut with my grilled cheese sandwich.

grilled cheese with tomato coconut chutney

Use your favorite loaf bread as the base for the sandwich. I made mine with a Pretzel Bread. So good. This made me want to use Pretzel Bread for all my future grilled cheese.

When chopping the green chilies, remove the seeds for less heat. If you want a more spicy chutney, keep the seeds and maybe toss in an extra chili.

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Grilled Cheese with Tomato Coconut Chutney

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

4 sandwiches

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Coconut Chutney


8 slices bread

2-4 tablespoons butter, softened

8 ounces Cheddar cheese

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Tomato Coconut Chutney:

1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

2 green chilies, stems removed (seeded if desired) and chopped

1/4 coconut

salt to taste

In a medium skillet, drizzle ghee or oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until softened. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the tomato and chili. Once tomato is softened, remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Remove the pulp from the coconut and place in food processor. Process until well grated. Add the tomato mixture to the food processor with the coconut. Process until smooth, adding salt to taste.

Place skillet or grill over medium low heat.

Spread softened butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place buttered side down on work surface. On half of all the slices, spread a layer of tomato coconut chutney. On the other slices, sprinkle 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese. Cover the cheese with red onion slices and remaining cheese. Top each sandwich with the other slice of bread, chutney side down.

Grill the sandwiches until bread is golden and cheese is melted, about 2 minutes per side.

Serve immediately.

Tomato Coconut Chutney adapted from Happy Tails Vegan

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Comments: 12

  1. lk529 20 September, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply

    Seriously, love it! I will be trying this (sans coconut – maybe parsnips??)

  2. Lori Hart 20 September, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    Seriously, my mouth is watering. These look delicious! Love your contribution to the challenge.

  3. Ashley L. 20 September, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply

    This sounds awesome!

  4. Jutta Lenihan 20 September, 2013 at 9:21 am Reply

    Wow, I am in love with this! I really need to have this for lunch THIS weekend, I can’t wait!

  5. Jenni @ Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food 20 September, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    This looks amazing! I love grilled cheese and to add the chutney? Brilliant!

  6. Kelster 20 September, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    I’ll definitely be making this tomato coconut chutney!

  7. Sarah 20 September, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

    I am impressed you used an actual coconut! And putting your chutney inside your grilled cheese is so smart! I’ll try this for sure!

  8. kristascookin 20 September, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Looks great! I made a tomato soup and dipped a grilled cheese into it you just took out the middle man and went right to the good stuff! Love it!!! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  9. Marlys @Thisand That 20 September, 2013 at 4:53 pm Reply

    This sounds wonderful, and I love your presentation of everything together. The last time I had a real coconut.. my husband climbed the tree at his home and cut me down one.

  10. Kalyan 21 September, 2013 at 12:03 am Reply

    Just mouthwatering….looks easy and delicious!

  11. Anonymous 21 September, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply

    Im falling in love with your meal.
    Love it

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