There’s a restaurant in my home town that has a build your own sandwich option on their menu. The meats, cheeses, and sandwich add ons are over the top- think homemade aioli, smoked onions, and cured Moroccan olives. I have a friend from high school, who, whenever we go, always goes the make your own sandwich route, and each time she does it she asks for a grilled cheese with goat cheese and granny smith apples.  I have never ordered the sandwich myself but I’ve always had that combo (in sandwich form) in the back of my mind.

Sunday was an apartment day. One of those days I stayed tucked inside folding laundry, getting our home organized before we leave town for the holidays, and purchasing the last of my Christmas gifts. On days like this I usually forego lunch and just snack my way through the afternoon.  But today I noticed my fridge contained both goat cheese and granny smith apples and I was quickly reminded of my friend’s favorite grilled cheese.

I don’t need to tell you how good grilled cheese is, but what I can tell is this combo is a keeper. I added cheddar into the mix to balance the texture. In my mind a grilled cheese isn’t complete without a good melting cheese in between the bread, so the cheddar gives you that. It’s also a natural complement to granny smith apples and pairs well with the tangy goat cheese. As you can see from the photos this is a seriously gooey, melt, and totally irresistible grilled cheese. I could have eaten six!

Grilled Goat Cheese, Cheddar, and Apple Sandwich
Recipe for 1 sandwich

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 3 T goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 of a granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • s+p
  • softened butter for grilling

Spread the goat cheese on one slice of bread. Top it with a single layer of apples and the shredded cheddar. Season with salt and pepper.  Top it with the second slice of bread and press down gently.  Take a bit of softened butter and spread it on the outward facing side of the top piece of bread. Set a small frying pan to medium low heat and place the sandwich in the pan, buttered side down. Cook for 5 minutes until just golden brown. Before flipping the sandwich, spread butter on the other side of the sandwich that’s not yet grilled. Flip and then cook for an additional 5 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese fully melted. The key to a good grilled cheese is cooking it slowly at low heat- don’t rush it!

  1. Brandon

    Damnnn looks delicious! (Even though I’m not the biggest fan of goat cheese)

  2. What a great twist on a grilled cheese! I <3 goat cheese AND granny smith apples, so this might just be right up my alley!

    • If you love those flavors, you’ll definitely love them melted together!

  3. Yes sirree, count me in with this one. These are my favorite flavor combos as well. I’ve been meaning to make goat cheese and leek stuffed apples all fall and haven’t gotten around to it. I think I’m inspired now!

    • Oh wow, that sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see the recipe.

  4. This looks incredible!! I’ve been jonesing for lots of goat cheese lately, this will be a new and improved way to eat even more of it … I may have to make this tonight!!

    • Let me know how it turns out! I think you’ll love it.

  5. I’ve done this with blue cheese and honey, but not goat cheese. Sounds yummy! I’ll have to try it out soon.

    • I actually wanted to add honey, but for some odd reason I had none on hand! I’ve had that combo of blue cheese and honey- it is dangerously good!

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