Goat Cheese

A Beautiful Grilled Cheese With a Bold Bite

January  8, 2018

While the classic grilled cheese (along with some tomato soup) is a speedy dinner standby, we’re also big fans of stuffing our sandwiches with a little something extra. After all, the combination of crispy, pan-fried bread and gooey melted cheese embraces all sorts of fillings, from zucchini to peppers to dates and bacon.

Be(et) still, my heart. Photo by Bobbi Lin

The best grilled cheese creations (in my opinion) combine creamy, comforting cheese with something bright, like arugula or artichoke hearts. Which is why the Ghostie Sandwich from Nisha Patel and Nishma Chauhan's new book Grill My Cheese caught my attention. Rather than calling it quits with the classic combination of roasted beets and goat cheese, the Ghostie takes the earthy roots one step further with some quick pickling.

A soak in a 24-hour brine transforms the heavier sweetness of roasted beets into a tart, complex pickle. Layered between rich goat cheese and zippy chives, the combination makes a hearty sandwich that won’t weigh you down. Plus, the beautiful deep red is sure to brighten up your plate.

What's your favorite way to stuff your grilled cheese? Share ideas in the comments below!

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Matilda L. January 9, 2018
I love a gooey (is there any other kind?) grilled goat cheese and cherry preserve sandwich. Mmm.
Alexandra V. January 8, 2018
5.25 oz of goat cheese and 3-4 beets per sandwich? Seems like that would be more for two or three sandwiches? That much goat cheese is nearly 600 calories alone.
Kelsey January 8, 2018
Sounds delicious! I love grilled cheese so some new fun ideas are always welcome!