Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Thats right, a whole month dedicated to gooey, cheesy, goodness!
I was so excited when Arla Dofino (maker of spectacular cheeses) reached out to me and asked if Id help celebrate such a delicious occasion by creating a new spin on the classic grilled cheese. You already know how much I love their cheese, so I jumped on the chance to partner with Arla Dofino again!
Today Im gettin the party started with a delicious, easy to make, Gouda Grilled Cheese with Apple Bourbon Jam. Youre going to love this all-grown-up spin on the classic sandwich- browned butter, ooey-gooey Gouda, sweet apples, crispy bread, and of course bourbon!
I loved eating grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid, and truth be told, they are still a favorite of mine even as an adult. The classic cheese-on-bread version is quite tasty, but sometimes its fun to get creative and mix things up a bit. Fresh fruit and creamy cheese are the perfect pair, so I wondered if this tasty flavor combo would make for the ultimate grilled cheese? The answer, in case youre wondering, is an overwhelming YES!
The apple bourbon jam is easy to make and is the perfect way to kick your grilled cheese up a notch or two. First, fresh apples are tossed with spices and sauteed in brown butter, then everything gets splashed with a healthy dose of bourbon mmm! A handful of ingredients and about 10 minutes is all you need to make this apple jam.
Yes, the apple jam is delicious, but lets get real for a second. We all know that when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches, its all about the cheese!
Ooey-gooey, rich and creamy with just a hint of salt, Gouda is an amazing choice for grilled cheese sandwiches. Arla Dofino makes a variety of tasty, family-friendly cheeses including Havarti, Gouda, and Edam. Ive tried all three and they are all equally delicious. Plus theyre made without hormones or preservatives, which earns them my full stamp of approval. You can find store locations and more info here.
If youre a grilled cheese fanatic like me, then mark your calendar for the evening of April 8th. Arla Dofino will be hosting a Twitter party to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month (and theyll be giving away some fabulous prizes too)! Never participated in a Twitter party before? Dont worry, joining in the fun is easy! Click here for instructions and more info.
- 4 TBS organic salted butter
- 2 organic red delicious apples, chopped into small pieces
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ Meyer lemon, juiced (if using regular lemon, use a little less)
- A healthy splash of your favorite bourbon (I used Woodford Reserve)
- Several ounces of Arla Dofino Gouda cheese, sliced (I used about 8 oz for 5 sandwiches)
- Several slices of Eureka Saaa-Wheat Organic Bread
- Begin by combining the chopped apples, cinnamon, ginger, coconut sugar, salt, vanilla, and Meyer lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Then, in a large saute pan over medium heat, add the butter. Melt and then continue to cook until the butter has a light golden brown color. Once the butter has browned, reserve a few spoonfuls (this will be brushed on the bread later on).
- Next, add the apple mixture to the browned butter and stir to combine. Cover and let cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid, stir, and check to see that the apples are fork tender. They should being to soften but don’t let them become mushy.
- Turn the heat back up to medium and add in a good splash of bourbon. Swirl it around in the pan and stir the apples so that everything is well mixed together. Let it cook for about a minute and then remove from heat and set aside.
- Now brush a little bit of the browned butter onto two slices of the bread and place butter side down in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add several slices of cheese to one slice of bread, top with a few spoonfuls of the apple bourbon jam, and finish off with another slice or two of Gouda cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top and cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted. Be sure to flip halfway through so that the bread cooks evenly. Enjoy!