Smoked gouda grilled cheese

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Are you looking for an easy grilled cheese recipe that is made with flavorful smoked gouda cheese? Then this is the recipe for you! This recipe for smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches requires only 6 ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes. This recipe for smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches is perfect for days when you need some quick and easy comfort food to brighten up your day.

We make our smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches with gluten free bread so that our grilled cheese sandwiches will be entirely gluten free. That being said, you can also make these grilled cheese sandwiches with regular bread if you do not have a gluten intolerance. No other substitutions are necessary! 

Smoked gouda grilled cheese with smoked gouda, cream cheese, and crisp red apple slices. The grilled cheese is on a gray plate with another grilled cheese in the background.

What is in a smoked gouda grilled cheese

What is in a smoked gouda grilled cheese? Here are all of the ingredients in this recipe for smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches.

  • Gluten free bread. The first ingredient you will need to make these smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches is gluten free bread. We love to use this Schar sourdough bread to make our grilled cheese sandwiches – we think that it is the best of the best! If you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can also use regular bread to make these smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Smoked gouda. Smoked gouda is the main cheese that is used in this recipe for smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches. The strong, smoky flavor of the smoked gouda elevates this sandwich and makes it feel a little extra decadent.
  • Cream cheese. In addition to the smoked gouda, some cream cheese is also used in this recipe for smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches. The smooth, creamy flavor of the cream cheese serves as the perfect contrast to the strong, smoky flavor of the smoked gouda.
  • Honey crisp apples. Some honey crisp apples are sliced into paper thin slices then added to this smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwich. The apples add a nice crisp texture to the sandwich as well as a mild sweetness that compliments the smoky flavor of the smoked gouda cheese.
  • Butter. Butter is used to cook these smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches to ensure that the bread turns out perfectly crispy and golden brown. You can use either salted or unsalted butter to cook these sandwiches, there will not be much difference in the end product.
  • Salt. Finally, some salt is added to the outsides of these grilled cheese sandwiches when they are done cooking. For best results, we recommend using a flaky salt or a coarse grained salt like this Morton coarse grained salt.

How to make a smoked gouda grilled cheese

How do you make a smoked gouda grilled cheese? Here is everything you need to do in order to make a smoked gouda grilled cheese.

  • Slice the apple. The first thing you should do when making these smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches is slice the apple into thin slices. You will need to use a sharp, high quality kitchen knife to do this. This Victorinox chef’s knife is our absolute general purpose kitchen knife and it is generally the knife we use for slicing apples.
  • Toast the bread. After you slice the apples, it is time to toast the bread. You should heat a non-stick pan over medium low to medium heat then add butter to coat the pan. Wait until the butter melts and starts to simmer then toast each slice of bread on one side. The bread should be toasted until it is a nice golden brown color.
  • Assemble the sandwiches. After you have toasted the bread on one side, it is time to add the smoked gouda, cream cheese, and apple slices to the grilled cheese to the toasted side of the bread. Put another slice of bread on top with the toasted side facing the toppings so that the untested sides of the bread are on the outside of the grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Toast the bread. After you have assembled you grilled cheese sandwiches, it is time to toast the outsides of the bread and let the cheese on the inside of the bread melt. If you find that the outside of the bread is developing a nice golden brown color before the cheese melts, then lower the heat and let the sandwiches toast over low heat until the cheese melts.

Smoked gouda grilled cheese with smoked gouda, cream cheese, and crisp red apple slices. The grilled cheese is on a gray plate with another grilled cheese in the background.

How to store leftover smoked gouda grilled cheese

How do you store leftover smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches? Smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight bag or food storage container. If sandwiches are stored in an airtight container then they will last for up to 3 days after you make them. 

For best results, we recommend folding up a paper towel and storing it with the sandwich to absorb excess moisture. This will help to prevent your bread from getting too soggy. 

How to reheat leftover smoked gouda grilled cheese

How do you reheat leftover smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwiches? You have a few options when it comes to reheating leftover grilled cheese sandwiches. 

  • On the stove. For best results, we recommend reheating these grilled cheese sandwiches on the stove over medium low heat. You should add a little butter to grease the pan then cook the sandwiches until the cheese fully melts. Reheating the sandwiches this way will help to keep the apple slices nice and crisp.
  • In the microwave. If you do not have enough time to reheat you smoked gouda grilled cheese on the stove, or if you just do not want to dirty another pan, then you can also cook these smoked gouda grilled cheeses in the microwave. Note that the apples might just not be as crisp after they are microwaved. We recommend microwaving these grilled cheese sandwiches on full power for 45 – 75 seconds until the cheese melts. 

Smoked gouda grilled cheese

This smoked gouda grilled cheese is perfect for days when you need some quick and easy comfort food to brighten your day. It is filled with smoked savory smoked gouda, creamy cream cheese, and crisp apple slices that provide a little bit of contrast in texture. In addition to being delicious, this smoked gouda grilled cheese is also gluten free, egg free, nut free, and vegetarian friendly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: egg free, gluten free, nut free, vegetarian
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 8 slices gluten free bread
  • 2 cups smoked gouda (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 honeycrisp apple
  • butter (salted or unsalted)
  • salt (coarse or flaky)

Instructions

  • Slice the apple into thin slices.
  • Preheat a non-stick griddle or pan over medium low to medium heat. Coat the pan with butter then toast one side of each slice of bread for 2 - 5 minutes or until the bread develops a nice golden brown color.
    The exact amount of time you need to cook your sandwich will vary depending on the exact temperature of your stove and the type of pan you are using, so you are best off using visual cues and waiting for your bread to develop a nice golden brown color on the bottom.
  • Assemble the grilled cheese sandwiches by putting the smoked gouda, cream cheese, and apple slices on the toasted side of the bread. Add another slice of bread on top with the toasted side facing the toppings.
    When you are done, the outsides of your grilled cheese sandwiches should be untoasted.
  • Toast the grilled cheese sandwiches on both sides until both sides are a nice golden brown color and the cheese has melted.
  • Sprinkle some salt on the outsides of the bread.

Notes

Cheese not melting? Is your cheese not melting by the time the outsides of your grilled cheese have reached a nice golden brown color? That means that you are cooking your grilled cheese at too high of a temperature. Try lowering your heat to low and letting the sandwich cook just a little bit more so that the cheese has time to melt. You can also pop your sandwich in the oven at 350 for a few minutes.
What to pair this sandwich with. This smoked gouda sandwich is creamy and decadent so it pairs well with sides that have a little acidity to them such as tomato soup. 

Substitutions for smoked gouda grilled cheese

  • Gluten free bread. If you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can also use regular bread to make these grilled cheese sandwiches. No other substitutions are necessary!
  • Honeycrisp apples. If you cannot find honey crisp apples then you can use another type of sweet red apple. Avoid using sour green apples as a substitution for the honey crisp apples. 

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