Grilled Gouda Cheese Sandwich


Photo:  Emily Kate Roemer


It’s a triple threat: smoky (thanks to the Gouda), tart (hello, balsamic vinegar) and marvelously crispy.  Its creator, Daphne Oz, slathers the bread with mayonnaise instead of butter, which gives an insanely crunchy, golden brown crust to the bread, with the faintest hint of sweetness.”

Serves 2


  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp.sugar

  • 4 slices whole grain sandwich bread

  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise, at room temperature

  • 1 cup grated Gouda (cheddar, Havarti, Gruyere and taleggio all work)

  • 1 semi-ripe pear, peeled, halved, cored and sliced thinly

  • Ground black pepper


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