Grilled Cheese with Green Apple, Gouda, and some beautiful crusted multi grain bread and you have the makings of an amazing grilled cheese sandwich. Sweet and savory, toasted and gooey, a perfect lunch time meal that is both delicious and nutritious, simple and easy, lets get grilling!
Grilled cheese sandwiches, what child or adult for that matter doesn't like that crusty encased melted cheese, full of flavor lunch? Well we have put our own spin on the classic, adding texture and diverse flavors, stepping the class of grilled cheese to new levels.
I remember when I was young and would run home for lunch when my mother was not working. A favorite was grilled cheese sandwiches with some cheddar cheese slices, wonder bread slices, and a bowl of creamy tomato soup. I called it the great Canadian lunch. This would be just what the doctor ordered on those cool fall days as the season would soon change to winter and this meal would be well welcomed in my stomach. Always loved buttering both sides of the bread and laying two cheese slices. My thought was that the butter would hold the cheese to the bread and as it began to melt from the heat of the pan the two cheese slices would meld together. I loved playing with that grilled cheese biting into it then watching as the strand of cheese would stretch.... and stretch till it was ready to drop and then I would quickly spiral the cheese and into my mouth it would go. Then I would laugh and say judges score Canada 10, England 9, Italy 10, then hands in the air running around the table in some bewildered fantasy of greatness, only to be ended by my mother asking me if I lost my head and I better hurry up as school was calling and lunch time was almost over. So a bit miffed but still happy to have this lunch quickly making a few dips into the tomato soup with my grilled cheese sandwich and off and running. What can I say I was a child with a wild imagination, lol.
Let's get this Green Apple, Gouda, Grilled Cheese grilling and melting!
So always wanting to develop interesting flavors and textures, we decided to add some granny smith apples to this grilled cheese. This adds such a nice sweet yet slightly tart taste to the mix, and also stays a bit crispy in between the melted cheese. Factor in the Gouda which we bought from the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market from Sylvan Star cheese, and a nice crusty grainy bread from Planet Organic, and you have a most amazing platform for grilled cheese.
My process to making this wonderful green apple, Gouda, grilled cheese, goes something like this:
I take the bread and butter both sides. I slice the Gouda into thin slices, ensuring me that it will melt nicely. I cut up the granny smith apples nice and thin, then I assemble. Bread, Gouda slices, apple, Gouda slices, and bread. Next into a nice medium heat pan. I cover it with a lid to get the cheese melting beautifully then uncover. I always wait till the bread looks nice and crispy on the edges and golden, then I turn it over and do the same for the other side. Out of the pan it goes and onto the cutting board to cut. If I was making this for the kids I always ask how they want it cut. It is amazing at the diversity of sandwich cutting, depending on a child's standards. Children have certainly evolved. This Green Apple, Gouda Grilled Cheese is absolutely delicious, from the nuttiness of the grilled golden brown multi grain bread, to the sweet and tart flavor of the apple with its slight crispiness, encased in that wonderfully rich melted gooey Gouda. A winner in my mind with its simplicity and ease. One that I think the children will love also. A great way to add in some healthy ingredients for the ones we love.
Song of the day: "Walking on the Moon", by The Police.
P.S. We were always told as children that the moon was made of cheese, lol.Print
- 4 slices multi grain bread
- 1 granny smith apple sliced in thin (organic preferred)
- 1 cup Gouda shaved (or cheese of your choice)
- 1 tbsp salted butter
- 1 table spoon olive oil.
- With a butter knife spread butter on both sides of the bread slices..
- Take some of the shaved Gouda and place on bread enough to cover bread to edges.
- Place apple slices onto Gouda.
- Layer some more of the Gouda on top of the apple.
- Top with another slice of the buttered bread.
- Heat up a skillet to medium heat.
- Place sandwich onto skillet and cover with lid for about 5 minutes.
- Take of lid and grill till edges start to crisp and color go to a nice golden brown.
- You may have to adjust heat as not to burn them, keep a close eye on the grilled cheese.
- Turn over and cook other side till the same crispiness and color.
- Take off heat place on cutting board.
- Cut into wedges or desired shape.
- Ready to serve.
You can use whatever cheese and bread you have as well as a different apple or even a different fruit like pear. Be creative!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
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When I am not cooking, I enjoy playing musical instruments, singing, writing. I have learned over the years to live in gratitude and enjoy the moment.