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Comfort Heaven: Pear And Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There are few things that come to mind that bring up the thought “Comfort Foods”, like that of gooey melted cheese.
Text And Photo By Alisha Randell

I have really been in the mood to play around with some of the Classics and what is more classic than toasted or grilled cheese sandwiches. Or fruit and cheese pairings for that matter.

This is an incredibly easy sandwich to put together that is sure to delight your family or guests.

4.7 from 3 reviews

Pear and Gouda Grilled Cheese
 
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For our not so classic grilled cheese we are going to add a fresh cherry balsamic glaze to bring out a fresh burst of Spring.
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Recipe Type: Main Course
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup (118.5 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tsp (ml) fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup (75 g) fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • For the sandwich:
  • 8 slices ciabatta bread
  • 16 slices gouda cheese
  • 2 oz aged gouda cheese, shaved
  • 1-2 fresh firm ripened pears, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbs (120 gr) butter, melted
  • Pinch of finishing salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by bringing balsamic , lemon juice and cherries to a boil. Then reduce to a low heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until reduced by at least half.
  2. Slice pears thinly and set aside.
  3. Once your glaze had reduced allow to cool slightly, then brush one side of bread with glaze, alternating slices.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to melted butter. Brush melted butter onto one side of bread and place buttered side down on a grill or frying pan.
  5. Add one layer of gouda, pear, agged gouda the additional gouda. Making sure that the cheese will melt onto both slices of bread.
  6. Top with the second slice of bread with the glazed portion facing the cheese. Brush outer side with additional butter.
  7. Grill on low heat until lightly golden and cheese begins to melt.
Notes
This can be served warm or at room temperature and makes for a great appitizer as well as a main dish served along side fresh fruit, soup or salad.
Alisha Randell

Alisha Randell

Alisha Randell is a former Executive Chef turned Private Chef and Culinary Instructor. She is the Co-Creator/Author of The Ardent Epicure blog “An Ode to the Pleasures of Food”. Growing up with a dad as a culinary guide, whom was as well an executive chef, food and seeing food as an art form has been a lifelong passion and exploration.

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Originally Published: May 20, 2011

15 Responses to Comfort Heaven: Pear And Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  1. Sarah Kenney

    Sarah Reply

    May 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Wonderful article! Isn’t this fun?!

  2. Truffle Shuffle Reply

    May 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

    This was sooooo good. You have no idea. The best grilled cheese I have ever had, hands down. All other grilled cheeses should aspire to be half this good.

  3. Bonnie Rodriguez

    sweetlife Reply

    May 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

    A goregous grilled cheese! I love the glaze, great recipe Alisha!

    sweetlife

  4. Tamara Novakoviç

    Tamara Reply

    May 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    This is such a great stuff :) I think gorgonzola cheese or some other similar cheese would also go well with pears

    • Alisha Randell

      Alisha Randell Reply

      May 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Oh gorgonzola, yes! Will have to try that too :)

  5. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Nancy Lopez-McHugh Reply

    May 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Now this is a gourmet grilled cheese! I love,love, the sweet- tart- creamy flavors in this sandwich. You’re just awesome Alisha :)

    • Alisha Randell

      Alisha Randell Reply

      June 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you my friend :) You are as well… Kindred Spirits :)

  6. Laura Bednarski

    laura Reply

    July 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Thanks Alisha that sounds like a great sandwich.

  7. Chris Reply

    August 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Wonderful take on one of may favorites. I will be using this as a new finger food for parties. Kudos!

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