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Green Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

Loreto July 22, 2016

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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!

Green Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

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.

Green Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

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.

Green Apple Gouda 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.

Enjoy!

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.

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Green Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Green Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  1. With a butter knife spread butter on both sides of the bread slices..
  2. Take some of the shaved Gouda and place on bread enough to cover bread to edges.
  3. Place apple slices onto Gouda.
  4. Layer some more of the Gouda on top of the apple.
  5. Top with another slice of the buttered bread.
  6. Heat up a skillet to medium heat.
  7. Place sandwich onto skillet and cover with lid for about 5 minutes.
  8. Take of lid and grill till edges start to crisp and color go to a nice golden brown.
  9. You may have to adjust heat as not to burn them, keep a close eye on the grilled cheese.
  10. Turn over and cook other side till the same crispiness and color.
  11. Take off heat place on cutting board.
  12. Cut into wedges or desired shape.
  13. Ready to serve.
  14. Enjoy!

Notes

You can use whatever cheese and bread you have as well as a different apple or even a different fruit like pear. Be creative!

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18 Comments

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    Reply Ginni @Spicy Eggplant July 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Oooh love green apples and cheese – now I must make a grilled version of my favourite. Thanks for the recipe – beautiful and inspiring as always!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 23, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Hello, that’s what I love most about blogging, inspiring people to make great creative dishes. Okay well it is not the only thing eating all this wonderful food has its perks too, lol. Love to hear your feed back after you have tried this one. Thanks for the great comment.
      Have a lovely weekend Ginni!
      Loreto

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    Reply Marie-Pierre July 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I’ve got to try this! Seems out of that world! Thanks

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 23, 2016 at 6:26 am

      Hello Marie
      It was out of this world. One was just not enough, all that great gouda melted and the apple texture and taste, yum yum yum……
      Thanks for the nice comment.
      Loreto

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    Reply Colleen July 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I love the apple and grilled cheese combo. I posted one quite a while ago only with bacon and cheddar as well as the apple. Delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 23, 2016 at 6:24 am

      Hi Colleen, oh that sounds so good the bacon, cheddar, and apple, going to check it out on your blog,and give it a try.
      Have a lovely day, and thank you for taking the time to comment, Nicoletta and I so appreciate it!
      Loreto

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    Reply Hilary July 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I loved grilled cheese, and I often feel it doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Thank you for giving it the attention it deserves 🙂 and I will have to try the green apple addition next time !

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 23, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Hi Hillary, yes it is funny how sometimes a simple yet delicious thing slips through the cracks, but thanks to us food bloggers we can bring it to center stage. Grilled cheese is one of my favorites to/ What’s not to love cripsy crunchy bread melted cheese, yum, gonna have to make another one. Thanks for the comment.
      Have a great day.
      Loreto

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    Reply Sean July 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Mmm, a wonderful combination! I have a similar sandwich on my site, but I’m really interested in using gouda with it. I used a very sharp cheddar because I LOVE cheddar with apples, but I’m picturing the gouda and thinking it sounds really tempting. Delicious looking sandwiches in any case!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 23, 2016 at 6:19 am

      Hi Sean, I am a big fan of sharp cheddar also. There is a vendor at one of the farmers markets here that has an amazing aged cheddar. I could imagine that in a grilled cheese with some pear or apple or even a grilled peach. The creativity is endless. Thank you again for your wonderful comments.
      Have a great weekend.
      Loreto

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    Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen July 23, 2016 at 2:43 am

    You are so right – tomato soup + grilled cheese are a match made in heaven – I love adding basil pesto to my grilled cheese as well. The granny smith addition is something I need to try as well! 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 23, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Hi Claudia, that’s a great idea basil pesto and grilled cheese, sounds scrumptious. Thats what I love about the food blogging world, plenty of inspirations and great people. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Loreto

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop July 25, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I never would have thought about apples with my grilled cheese! I need to give it a try. I think it sounds marvelous!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Hi Kathy, thank you. It was so delicious want to try some different combinations of cheese and fruit.Wouls love to hear how you made out with this one.
      Cheers and have a great week.
      Loreto

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    Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker July 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Half the fun of being a kid is the freedom of our imaginations, right? 😉 The other half is having fun moments like this and eating delicious foods that we’ll alway think back fondly on. <3 Loreto, I'm just drooling over this most glorious stack of grilled cheese awesomeness! I'm thinking about trying this sweet/savory combo with vegan cheese. How good would that be? 😉 As usual, you two astound me with your amazing photography. Have a wonderful week + thank you for sharing this! xo

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Hi Demeter, thank you so much for your wise and caring words. I agree on all counts. The use of vegan cheese would be excellent. I have used it in Mac and Cheese recipes and it was so good. Let me know how it works for you in a grilled cheese. You tooo have a wonderful week.
      Cheers
      Loreto

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    Reply Pusdienas August 1, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I didnt think that it can get any better, but once I made these, I realized that it actually can. Well for a moment. 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 1, 2016 at 6:38 am

      Thank you for the comment. Love grilled cheese sandwiches and always looking to elevate them in any way.

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