Recipe: Tangy Balsamic Peach Gouda Grilled Cheese

Recipe: Tangy Balsamic Peach Gouda Grilled Cheese

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Sarah E Crowder
Apr 18, 2017
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There's nothing wrong with a classic grilled cheese — the formula's been around forever for good reason. On the other hand, it's a formula that lends itself to new flavors so well. Take, for example, this Tangy Balsamic Peach Gouda Grilled Cheese. Alexandra made one for her longtime friend Katherine, who recently moved to her neighborhood after years spent living abroad. It uses Arla® Sliced Gouda for its mildly nutty flavor, which teams up brilliantly with fresh, juicy peach slices and the tangy-sweet balsamic glaze. It's also made with no added hormones,* artificial flavors, or preservatives — something that Alexandra is thinking about more now as a new mom.

As grilled cheeses go, this one's a far cry from the white bread and American cheese version we grew up with, yet it will still take you right back to those days.

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Alexandra told us that for her, grilled cheese is the feeling of being home:

"I used to share grilled cheese sandwiches with my mom — at home in the kitchen; sitting next to one another at a diner counter; when we traveled together and longed for a taste of home. The first British term I learned when we moved to London was that my favorite sandwich is called a 'toasted cheese' there! I learned that a grilled/toasted cheese sandwich after school was the perfect cure for homesickness."

And she chose to share her Tangy Balsamic Peach Gouda Grilled Cheese with her friend Katherine:

"I love to share grilled cheese sandwiches with my girlfriends. It's an easy dish, always a crowd-pleaser, good for vegetarians and carnivores alike, and can be experimental in flavor and ingredients which is so much fun!"
Alexandra (L) with Katherine (R)
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What did they think about this spin on a grilled cheese?

"I loved the Tangy Balsamic and Peach Gouda Grilled Cheese! I'll definitely be making these again this summer with ripe peaches from the local farm stands out east. It felt comforting and sophisticated at the same time. But eating it also made me feel like a kid again because I made such a mess! Haha! I am often of the opinion, though, that messy food is the best food, filled with the most love."
(Image credit: Ana Gambuto)

Tangy Balsamic Peach Gouda Grilled Cheese

Serves 2

4 slices sourdough bread
4 slices Arla® Gouda Sliced Cheese
1 medium peach, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh baby spinach
6 slices cooked bacon
1 tablespoon butter or bacon grease

Place 2 slices of the bread on a work surface. Places 2 slices of Arla® Gouda Sliced Cheese on each slice of the bread. Place with the peach slices on top of the cheese, then drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Top with the spinach, then the bacon. Close the sandwiches with the remaining 2 slices of bread.

Melt the butter or bacon grease in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the sandwiches, cover again, and cook until the second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more. Cut in half if desired.

*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated and non-rBST treated cows.

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