Satisfying sandwiches: French onion grilled cheese

Jeff Mauro, host of "The Sandwich King," proves that you can turn any meal into a sandwich and any sandwich into a delicious meal. Here are two recipes for delicious eats:

French onion grilled cheese sandwiches
Servings:

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • For caramelized onions

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 3 large yellow onions, in 1/4-inch slices from root to tip
    • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
    • 1/4 cup dry sherry
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • For sandwich

    • 8 slices gruyere cheese
    • 8 slices sourdough bread
    • Salted butter, softened

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Jamon jibarito
Servings:

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

    • 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying
    • 2 green plantains, cut in half and then halved lengthwise
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Granulated garlic, for seasoning
    • 4 slices American cheese
    • 1 pound good-quality boiled ham, thinly sliced
    • 1 beefsteak tomato, thinly sliced
    • 4 vibrant leaves iceberg lettuce
    • Garlic mayo, recipe follows
  • For garlica mayo:

    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 clove garlic, minced or run through a press
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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