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'Wich of the Week: Fall Gouda-ness Grilled Cheese

'Wich of the Week: Fall Gouda-ness Grilled Cheese

When the produce bins brim with Fall bounty, I love to swap out the tomatoes on my sammies for sliced apple. Together with melted cheese, the slightly sweet, slightly tart fruit makes for a hearty autumnal meal.

Though apple and cheddar is always a safe bet, last night I whipped up a grilled ham and cheese with one of my favorite indulgences: smoked gouda. With the condiments, I created two versions: one with just sweet mustard and another with mustard and Branston Pickle relish. I actually preferred the robust, saltier sandwich with the Branston, but if you don't like (or can't find) this popular British spread, sweet mustard will do just fine. For vegetarians, just subtract the ham. To get the recipe and see how I made it,

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Fall Gouda-ness Grilled Cheese

Fall Gouda-ness Grilled Cheese

Fall Gouda-ness Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  1. 4 slices wheat or multigrain bread
  2. 2 tablespoons sweet mustard
  3. 2 tablespoons Branston Pickle relish
  4. 4 slices of deli ham
  5. 1/2 Fuji apple, cut into thin slices
  6. 8 slices of smoked gouda cheese (about 2 ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat panini press. Alternately, if you don't own a panini maker, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place a cast-iron skillet inside the oven to warm for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Spread two slices of bread with pickle relish and the other two slices with mustard.
  3. On each pickle relish-coated slice, place two slices of ham, half the apple slices, and four slices of gouda. Cover with the mustard-coated slice.
  4. Cook the sandwiches in a panini press for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is lightly browned. Or, coat a skillet with cooking oil and cook the sandwiches over medium-low heat for 5 minutes per side, until cheese is melted and bread is lightly browned, using the hot cast-iron skillet to press the sandwiches.

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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
that looks amazing. I LOVE gouda cheese!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
oooh gouda! you're talking right to my stomach here. i love this sandwich and i love that you're sharing it in a couple different versions. i think that the apple making a bit sweeter version and then adding the mustard and relish are great touches. i'm a sucker for any grilled cheese so i might have to try this when i get home. i ran out of american and cheddar the other day so i had actually made a grilled cheese with my gouda, but it was only so so since i had to microwave the sandwich rather than put it in the oven. (i was starving and impatient)
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
I want one right now!!!!
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
I want one right now!!!!
ilovemyyorkie7 ilovemyyorkie7 8 years
yum
ilovemyyorkie7 ilovemyyorkie7 8 years
yum
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
This looks delish! Can't wait to try it out on a cool night!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
That looks so good...it's about lunch time!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I'd eat it w/o the apple (allergic to them) and switch the meat to turkey.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
It's good with turkey ham also...
roxyb roxyb 8 years
Hahahaha hippiecowgirl...Gouda....hee hee! I am going to make these for football Sunday!!!
roxyb roxyb 8 years
Hahahaha hippiecowgirl...Gouda....hee hee! I am going to make these for football Sunday!!!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
That looks really gouda! I apologize. It's early and I'm easily amused right now.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
That looks really gouda!I apologize. It's early and I'm easily amused right now.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
branston pickle... *shudder* ugh.
Advah Advah 8 years
How can you do that to me, Yum? It's only 9.30am and I am STARVING at my desk!! I can give up on getting any work done before I've had a sandwich now!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
That looks soooo good ... I love Branston Pickle too, taratootie! Branston & some cheese w/ lettuce ... perfect ploughman's lunch.
taratootie taratootie 8 years
I looooove Branston Pickle! Mmmmmm...
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I was thinking it would be splendid with a glass of bubbly!
erthed erthed 8 years
justanerd, i am there. where and when.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I.actually.drooled. Mmmmm....the only thing that could make that sammie better is a nice cold white russian with it ;) YUMMMYYYY
erthed erthed 8 years
OMG I can't wait to try this. You can also make this with cinnamon raisin bread and it's FABULOUS. There's a little restaurant in Langley, WA that serves this sandwich --- TO DIE FOR!
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Cut in half the fat quantity by forgetting the ham. Make it with either ham or cheese. Try provolone as well.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
When I first glanced at that picture I thought "That's huge!" Then I noticed it was a couple of sandwiches stacked. It still sounds good.
jessie jessie 8 years
that looks soooo good! :drool:
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