Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Rich meaty short ribs combined with creamy, smooth taleggio cheese make this the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich. This, my friends, is the ultimate comfort food.

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich | The Suburban Soapbox

I’ve been struggling to write this post for almost a week.  I wanted to share this amazing sandwich with all of you so you could use up your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. 😉  I wanted to share it immediately but, life.  Sometimes it throws you a wicked curve ball.  One that can leave you reeling for days.  One that will leave an immediate mark on your heart.

Meet Sookie!

Our sweet Sookie was diagnosed with a debilitating bone disease.  She had been in pain for half her short life and the disease was already in its advanced stages.  We had to let her go and it was the hardest decision ever.  I’ve never, in my life, had to make this choice and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.  The only silver lining is knowing she’s no longer in pain and that she may actually be able to catch a squirrel in doggie heaven.  She used to stare them down and I know, if she could run, she would have scared the nuts off them.  I miss her so much.


So, I’ve been a little MIA here at The Soapbox.  I’ve been drowning my sorrows in food and wine.  And when I catch myself being happy…singing, whistling, smiling…I feel so much guilt.  I know it will get better with time but she was the best puppy ever.  No lie.

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich | The Suburban Soapbox

This sandwich can lift anyone’s spirits.  It can.  It did.  It will turn that frown upside down.  Bonus…you can make it using your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs.  Anytime I have a stupendous recipe awaiting me using a previously stupendous recipe it makes me want to jump for joy.  Super time save and we’re not wasting any goodness here.  It’s all in.

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich | The Suburban Soapbox

You only need one short rib here so make sure to hide one when you make the Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs.  Just wrap it up and stash it away.  Somewhere safe so nobody ever finds it.  Quick “caramelized” onions and creamy cheese make this sandwich so sinfully delicious.  I used Taleggio, a semi-soft Italian cheese similar to brie but with a more mild flavor.  It melts beautifully and blends well with the beef and onion mixture.  I also smeared some KerryGold Garlic & Herb butter on the inside of the bread because….OMG.  It just belongs there.  That’s it.  Grill that bugger and take a bite.  This, my friends, is the human version of The Rainbow Bridge.

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The most AMAZING Grilled Cheese Sandwich.....EVER MADE!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 580 kcal


  • 1 vidalia onion sliced very thin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons KerryGold Garlic & Herb butter
  • 4 1/2 inch thick slices crusty bread
  • 1 braised beef short rib shredded
  • 6 ounces taleggio cheese
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter softened


  • In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onions to the pan. All the onions to cook down and begin to brown stirring occasionally. Once the onions start to turn golden, add the sugar and turn down the heat. Continue to cook the onions, stirring every few minutes, until they are a deep, caramelized color. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Lay four slices of crusty bread on a cutting board and spread each slide with the garlic & herb butter, Divide the onion, short ribs and cheese even between two slices and top each half with the remaining slice of bread. Spread the butter evenly on the outside of the sandwiches.
  • Heat a clean skillet over med-low heat and add the sandwiches to the pan. Grill the sandwich until the cheese begins to melt and the bread is golden brown and crispy. Carefully turn the sandwiches and grill on the opposite side until golden brown and crisp.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 580kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 17gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 1245mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2360IUVitamin C: 7.9mgCalcium: 492mgIron: 0.6mg
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9 comments on “Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. So drool worthy, I have got to make that!!

  2. I’ve been through this with my first dog, Pérola. So sorry. It gets better. 🙂
    And super yummy sandwich.

  3. Oh god this grilled cheese sandwich looks delicious. Wish I had one to devour right now!

  4. With all these flavors, I bet it tastes amazing!!

  5. The sandwich sounds perfect for a cool fall evening, thanks for sharing. I am so sorry that you had to say goodbye to sweet Sookie. We also had to make that choice in January and I know how quiet and empty the house can feel even if it is teeming with human littles. Grieving is a painful but important process … be kind to yourself … its OK to hurt but at the same time be present in a good moment and smile … if grieving teaches anything, its that every moment comes just once and are there to be enjoyed.

  6. What a great combination of ingredients. Love vidalias too. Thinking of you and Sookie. She looks so sweet.

  7. My heart goes out to you; loosing a pet is so hard. I am very sorry!!!
    Your sandwich sounds absolutely amazing ….

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your pup. That is one incredibly sweet face and of course, it is never an easy decision to make. The appropriate reaction is absolutely drowning your sorrows in food. I know I would and I absolutely encourage it. It might make it a little easier to bear when you have a sandwich like this. It looks amazing! I hope that things start to get a little easier for you soon. Thinking of you!

  9. Your slow cooker short rib link is dead – can you re-post that recipe? Would love to be able to try this sandwich.

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