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Today was an exciting day.

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And no, I did not flip any cakes upside down. Sorry, I know you were hoping for that! I got a package from Jose! Well, actually my Grandma sent me the package, Jose just delivered it.

Wait. It is weird that I know my UPS guys name? Here is the thing, since he’s here every day we have learned his name. I’ve also learned that he really likes these cookies and this fudge.

What? Well he is really nice and I have a lot of sweets lying around.

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So yeah, Jose is here pretty much everyday between 10:00am and 11:00am. Why is he here so much you ask? Red. He gets SO many boxes sent to him.

It. Is. Insane.

Burton, if by some odd chance you are reading this, listen up. That kid does not need any more stuff! Our house is over-flowing with snowboards, coats, goggles, helmets, gloves, snow pants and hats. Seriously, we could clothe a small army. No joke. It is ridiculous.

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Today however, I got the box. Oh, and it was a good one…

All over the box were the words Sur La Table. That is ALWAYS good.

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My grandma is awesome. After talking with me on the phone one day, she decided to completely change her plans for the day. She headed over the The Gardens Mall in Jupiter, Florida (maybe the best mall) and parked her car right outside the giant Sur-La-Table. She then proceeded to scour the store, high and low, for little goodies she could send me. And no it is not my birthday.

One, I NEVER get things and two, if I would want anyone to send me something it would be my grandma. We are kind of like two peas in a pod. We are alike in so many ways and well, let’s be honest she has amazing taste. The woman knows how to shop, and shop well. Whether it’s clothes, furniture, or kitchen stuff, you can guarantee she’s going to pick something good.

Expect to see some super cute yellow dish towels that just scream spring and some new little spoons and forks in the near future! Seriously, it has been way too long since my grandma and I have been together and shopped up some trouble. This gift was an awesome surprise, but it made me miss our little adventures even more!

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Finally, about this grilled cheese that probably has you guys yelling at your computer screen “shut about you stupid box!”.  This sandwich is cheesy and crispy, a grilled cheese lovers dream. And my gosh, it’s the perfect way to use up your leftover St. Patrick’s Day corned beef that I am guessing a whole lot of you are planning on making. I actually used pastrami just because my family prefers a spicier meat, but corned beef is also delicious and just as good! Oh and, the beer caramelized onion’s, they are so good.

Plus, it is just oozing with cheese. Nothing beats melty cheese!

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Pastrami and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 642 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more if needed
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup dark beer
  • 2 ounces deli-shaved pastrami or deli-sliced corned beef or leftover corned beef cut into strips
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Jarlsberg cheese about 6 ounces
  • 4 slices pumpernickel or dark rye bread


  • Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over low heat. Add the onion and sprinkle with the sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Cook on low heat stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 20-25 minutes (to speed the process up you can cover the pan). Add the beer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the onions are extremely tender and the liquid is slightly syrupy, about 8 more minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan add the pastrami and lightly crisp the meat until just warmed through. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Lightly butter the outsides of all four pieces of bread. On the inside of the bread, divide half of the cheese between 2 of the bread slices. Top each piece of bread with equal amounts of hot pastrami, and onions. Top with the remaining cheese and then place remaining 2 pieces of bread on top of the cheese (buttered side facing out).
  • Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches and cook, pressing occasionally with a spatula until the bread is toasted and the cheese melts, about 4 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan if needed.
  • *Adapted from Food Network Magazine March 2013
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Lastly, my final suggestion…make this now! Don’t deprive yourself till Sunday. That’s just mean.


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  1. Omg this is soooo good used honey instead ; otherwise followed the recipe to the T; delicious 😋 thanks love ❤️

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Happy Sunday!! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe, thanks a lot for making it and your review! xT

  2. I’m making homemade pastrami tonight! When it’s done tomorrow I’ll make these sandwiches with it! <3

  3. 5 stars
    Made this recipe I must say absolutely delicious,complements to you.The onions are incredible combo with everything else.thank you.

  4. I’ve decided to make this a second time. First time was for the 2017 Eclipse! What a successful party sandwich! Second time will be the following Sunday for my sweet niece who is making a long day trip to visit me! Yes, it’s messy to eat, which is just fine, since the sandwich is so wonderful! I decided on more mustard for the second time, since I wanted to taste it more. I’m using turkey pastrami because our other sandwiches are ham and beef. I’m using Provolone slices, but I cannot imagine that any white cheese would not be great.

    1. Ah so fun for the eclipse! Hope they’re just as good the second time! They sound like they will be amazing!

  5. That sandwich is bonkers! I’m seriously drooling over my keyboard right now, lol… oh, and can we trade Grandmas? Love your post, so glad I found it (on Tidy Mom ;))

  6. These look amazing, just like all your other creations! I love your food photography – makes me envious 🙂

    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  7. now that looks like one mighty tasty and perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Stopping by from Tempt my Tummy blog hop. Have a great day.