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
Goat Grilled Cheese with Pear and Sage
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Sandwich
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
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
I'm intrigued by this! I had never considered pear on a sandwich. Least off all a grilled cheese with sage involved.
Oh, I'm a goat cheese lover for sure. In fact, I'm very good friends with my local goat cheese maker! I love pears in grilled cheese but I usually use brie. I will have to try goat cheese next time.
So gloriously ooey-gooey-wonderful! An absolutely fantastic combination of cheeses that strike a perfect balance of melting well and also being really flavorful. Oh - and I adore fresh sage, so that absolutely puts this over the top for me!
I'm so in love with this grilled cheese! I'm a huge fan of goat cheese. It's just so creamy and decadent and made for a delicious grilled cheese, and I love the fall twist with the pear and sage -- delicious!
Goat cheese and pear are a perfect combination, and add in sage and bread, and I'm sold! This sounds incredible, and I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!
Oh man now I’m hungry!! Brie goat cheese is my favorite so I know I would love this, yummy!!
You had me at goat cheese!! YUM! My favorite!!!
I have to admit I was a tad nervous making this Goat Grilled Cheese with Pear, Sage, and Thyme---not because it was hard, but it just made me nervous using sage and thyme on a grilled cheese sandwich for my family. I will tell you they gobbled this Goat Grilled Cheese with Pear, Sage, and Thyme up like it was PURE GOLD! No joke. They Loved it. I will be making these again.
Marisa F. Stewart
This sandwich is pure heaven. We love goat cheese and using it in a sandwich is food for the gods. I got the ingredients - plus use artisan bread -- and surprised my Hubby for lunch. He now wants it regularly for lunch. I think I've created a monster here. It's now my favorite sandwich.
First off your photos are STUNNING! I just want to jump right into my screen! Secondly, this is the fanciest grilled cheese I've ever seen and I'm here for it. Love the combo of flavors..it all sounds so good and perfect on a fall day!
My mouth is watering just by looking at these photos! I have all the ingredients on the fridge and need to make it for lunch!
Such a fantastic recipe for using the goat cheese we have! Love the addition of stage for even more wonderful flavor!
Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli
I'm obsessed with goat cheese and the pairing with pears, sage, and thyme is wonderful! It's making my mouth water!