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Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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    Give me a grilled cheese, but make it gourmet and make it simple? No problem, this recipe has you covered. Only 4 ingredients and 20 minutes to make and this “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwich can be yours!

    What’s more comforting than a warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter’s afternoon? Not much, am I right? In this recipe, we take a simple childhood classic recipe and amplify it with gourmet ingredients. I say gourmet because we’re not using wonderbread and Kraft singles here, the ingredients are elevated but still affordable!

    Grilled cheese is a classic comfort food item. Two slices of crispy bread and a couple of slices of melted cheese, what could be better? I’ll tell you what… this easy gourmet version.  

    For this recipe we’re using a combination of roasted/sauteed veggies and a creamy cheese to pack a flavorful punch that will have your tastebuds doing a happy dance!

    What’s the Best Bread for Grilled Cheese? We’re going gourmet here, so a classic loaf of white bread isn’t going to cut it for this recipe, and truthfully I don’t find them to get the most satisfying crunch. An artisan loaf of bread from your local bakery or the fresh bread section of the grocery store is the best option. I’m a diehard Trader Joe’s shopper, which as you might know - doesn’t have a fresh baked goods section, they do however carry artisan loaves of bread which will work perfectly for this recipe. This recipe calls for pumpernickel bread specifically, but a sourdough is another great option for grilled cheese. 

    What’s the Best Cheese for Grilled Cheese? For this to be a gourmet grilled cheese, we are going rogue and opting for a sliced goat cheese. The goal is to have a super flavorful and unique cheese different from the classic cheddar you would usually use. The best cheeses you could buy are ones with a good melting quality aka creamy cheeses that will give you that ooey gooey satisfaction. Other cheeses that are great for grilled cheese sandwiches are white american cheese, monterey jack, gouda, or havarti cheese.

    Let’s get down to cheesenus. 

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    Ingredients in this Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

    Tuscan Pane Pumpernickel Bread: We want a good quality artisan bread for this recipe. I love pumpernickel and feel like it’s not often used in grilled cheese, but it certainly should be! 

    Goat Cheese: If you can find sliced dutch goat’s milk cheese, grab it! I know Trader Joe’s sells it and so does WholeFoods. Regular spreadable goat cheese will also work just fine.

    Roasted Red Peppers: The kind you can get from the jar. These will add a ton of flavor to the grilled cheese. Buy them pre-sliced to save time.

    Shallot: We’re going to saute a small shallot. I find that the aromas and caramelized flavors of this vegetable add a ton of yummy flavors to this sandwich.

    hand holding grilled cheese cut in half

    Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe

    • Large skillet and spatula
    • Cutting board and knife

    What To Pair With Grilled Cheese 

    Grilled cheese always goes well with a warm soup, stew, or chili. Try pairing it with this Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili.

    hand holding half eaten grilled cheese

    How to Make this Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

    Step One: In a large skillet, heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil over medium–high heat. Thinly slice shallots and add to the heated skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes until fragrant and slightly browned. Remove shallots from the pan.

    Step Two: Now we need to assemble the sandwiches so we can grill them in the skillet. Starting with one slice of bread, layer one goat cheese slice, ¼ cup of the roasted red peppers, and half of the sauteed shallots. On the other slice of bread, add the other slice of goat cheese. Put the two slices together, with their middles touching. Repeat for the second sandwich.

    Step Three: Butter the tops of each sandwich. Turn the skillet down to medium heat and place the sandwiches on the skillet, butter side down. 

    Step Four: Cook on one side for 5 minutes until the bread has gotten nice and crispy. Butter the top half of the sandwich and flip. Cook for another 5 minutes this time with the lid on so the cheese melts evenly. 

    Step Five: Slice in half, serve immediately, and enjoy!

    stack of grilled cheeses

    Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

    Give me a grilled cheese, but make it gourmet and make it simple? No problem, this recipe has you covered. Only 4 ingredients and 20 minutes to make and this “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwich can be yours!

    Prep time: 10 min |

    Cook time: 10 min |

    Total time: 20 min

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 2


    • ½ tbsp, olive oil
    • 1 small shallot, sliced thin
    • 4 slices, pumpernickel bread
    • 4 slices, goat cheese
    • ½ cup, roasted red peppers strips
    • 1 tbsp, butter


    1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium–high heat and add the sliced shallots. Cook for 3-5 minutes until fragrant and slightly browned. Remove shallots from the pan.
    2. Assemble your sandwich. Slice 1 layer from bottom to top: bread, 1 slice of goat cheese, ¼ cup of roasted red peppers, half of the sauteed shallot. Slice 2 layer from bottom to top: bread, 1 slice of goat cheese. Place slice 2 on top of slice 1 with their middles touching. 
    3. Butter the top of 1 slice of bread. 
    4. Turn your skillet down to medium and place the sandwich on the skillet, butter side down. Cook on side 1 for 5 minutes or until the bread starts to get crispy.
    5. Butter the top of the other side of bread and flip it over in the skillet. Cover with a lid and cook on the 2nd side for another 5 minutes.
    6. Serve immediately and enjoy!
    1. If you can't find sliced goat cheese, you can use about 3 oz of the spreadable kind 1.5 oz per slice of bread. But use your eyes to measure, spread a nice thin layer of goat cheese on each side of the bread for each sandwich.
    2. American or provolone cheese would be good alternatives to the sliced goat cheese.
    3. Can swap for another artisan bread like sourdough. 
    4. Best if served and eaten immediately.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 sandwich

    Serves 2

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 344
    Total Fat 9g
      Saturated Fat 4g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 15mg
    Sodium 545mg
    Total Carbohydrate 54g
      Dietary Fiber 6g
      Sugars 7g
    Protein 10g


    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

    Author: Christine


    Course: Main Entrees


    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Savory, Gourment, Grilled Cheese

    Ratings and reviews (5)

    Miriam 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches, especially in cold weather! This would go really well with my favorite soup- tomato soup! I'll pin this to come back to it! Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    Pastor Natalie 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Grilled cheese is one of my favorites. ☺️ Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. At this time I can only use dairy free cheese 🧀 and gluten free bread with avocado oil. Pastor Natalie

    Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
    10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Oh wow, does this grilled cheese ever look good. I never would have thought of using goat cheese in my grilled cheese. Definitely something I HAVE to try.

    Nelly’s 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Omg this looks delicious! It made me hungry! I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow! Soupe and this!

    10 months, 2 weeks ago

    So delicious!

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