My wonderful friends at The Cheese Store of San Diego hooked me up with some awesome aged Duda Gouda! Marci, one of the owners of TCSSD says “…if a Pecorino & Gouda had a baby…this would be it! Its from Wisconsin made by Hooks Cheese Co. and its flavors are sweet & nutty with hints of caramel and grass! Its so good! Melts pretty good too!”
Today is the first day of The Cheese Store of San Diego’s Kickstarter campaign for their brick and mortar store! They’ll have wine, beer, cheese boards galore and all kinds of goodies (maybe even a couple provided by me! stay tuned!). Watch this:
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The first things that came to mind when she told me about the characteristics of the cheese were bright, crisp and slightly sour green apples and caramelized onions. I thought the acidity in the apples would cut the richness of the cheese, and the caramelized onions would play off of the caramel and nutty flavors in the Duda gouda.
I was totes. right.
This really isn’t a recipe where things need to be measured. It’s a grilled cheese. A super awesome grilled cheese. Have you ever measured things for a grilled cheese? Nope, not never.
Aged Gouda and Apple Grilled Cheese
makes 2 sandwiches in about 15 minutes
4 slices of bread, about 1/2″ slices
~1/4 lb of aged gouda, coarsely grated
1/4 cup caramelized onions* (see note below)
1/2 green apple, thinly sliced (I like Granny Smith)
Butter two slices of bread and set them aside. Spread a thin layer of dijon mustard on the other two slices.
In a large skillet, melt about 1-2 tbsp of butter over medium heat. Place the bread with the dijon mustard in the skillet, mustard side up. Top each slice with caramelized onions (1-2 tbsp), 4-5 slices of apple and the cheese. It’s okay if some of the cheese spills off of the sandwich and into the pan – in fact, it’s preferred. Just nudge that melted cheese at the bottom of the skillet toward the bread. Top with the remaining two slices of bread, butter side up.
After 4-5 minutes, flip. Let the other side brown for an additional 4-5 minutes, until bread is toasty and cheese is melty. Cut on the bias and enjoy! Pair it with some veggie chips or a salad.
The recipe for the caramelized onions makes way more than you need for these sandwiches. You can either cut the recipe in half or make the full recipe and throw them on anything.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes