The colder weather these days calls for all the cozy dishes. Try this Fall inspired Goat Grilled Cheese with Pear, Sage, and Thyme. Made with 3 kinds of goat cheese and so easy to put together! Crispy bread with soft melted cheese and fresh herbs. 20 minutes to make start to finish!
Goat cheese is one of those foods you either love or hate. I really like it because it adds great flavor. I mostly chose it because I try to stay away from cow's dairy. For health reasons but also because I never liked dairy that much. Yes, really! What surprised me trying to create this recipe was how hard it waa to find goat cheese that actually melts well. The obvious choice here is brie but I really wanted to add more variety. I went for the classic cheddar (well, the goat version) but chose a younger version because it melts better. You can totally stop there and just use the cheddar and brie and it will be delicious! I also had some Beemster Goat cheese on hand which I bought on my hunt for well-melting goat cheese and they recommended it to me at the store. And since a grilled cheese sandwich is mainly about the cheese and bread you choose, I wanted to go all out for the perfect grilled cheese.
I've mentioned this before but I've been obsessed with sage lately. I put it on everything! Grilled cheese, avocado toast, pasta, soup, roasted vegetables, you name it! I used to not know how and I'm sure there's a lot of people out there who feel the same. It's such an under-appreciated herb! Try my Butternut Squash Penne with Sage and Toasted Walnuts! It's my new favorite pasta.
Butter and substitutes
I've used regular butter here but you can totally use goat butter (it tastes great!), which is what I usually use, I just didn't have it on hand making this sandwich. Or use vegan butter! Speaking of vegan, this goat grilled cheese is really easy to make vegan! Yes, it's supposed to have specific flavors with the goat cheese so it won't be exactly the same but it'll still be super tasty. My favorite brand of vegan cheese is Miyoko's.Print
Melt-in-your-mouth delicious goat grilled cheese with fresh pear and crispy sage. It can easily be made gluten-free and vegan too! So good!
- 4 slices of bread (use gluten-free if needed)
- Vegan or regular butter
- ½ pear (¼ per sandwich)
- 2 tbsp grated goat cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp grated Beemster goat cheese (or more cheddar)
- 4 slices Brie goat cheese
- 10 sage leaves + 10 more for frying
- 2 tbsp thyme leaves
- Pepper to taste
- Lightly butter the outer sides of each sandwich slice and set aside.
- Thinly slice the pear, grate the cheddar and Beemster cheese, and cut 4 slices of Brie goat cheese. Finely chop 10 sage leaves and remove the thyme leaves from the stem.
- When ready to assemble, take two slices of bread, lay them buttered side down, and layer with the filling: To one slice, add 1 tablespoon cheddar, a few slices of the pear, 2 slices of brie, beemster goat cheese (or more cheddar), chopped sage, thyme, and pepper to taste. Cover with the other slice. Repeat with the other sandwich.
- Heat a pan over high heat, add the sandwich and cook on medium-high for a few minutes on each side. Flip carefully. When almost ready, add a knob of butter to the pan and the sage leaves. Fry for a few minutes until slightly golden.
- Serve immediately sliced in half and garnish with the fried sage. Enjoy!
This grilled cheese can easily be made vegan with vegan butter and vegan cheddar. My favorite brand for both is Miyoko.
Keywords: grilled cheese, goat cheese, vegetarian, sandwich, lunch, sage, pear