Are you in the mood to make yourself a boujee grilled cheese sandwich? This goat cheese grilled cheese recipe is the perfect flavor combination, with different ingredients but the same grilled cheese comfort.
There are several flavors in this goats cheese toastie, and they all work in delicious harmony together, right down to the rosemary roasted garlic butter and balsamic glaze.
You may have put a tomato in your grilled cheese before, but this grilled goat cheese sandwich takes it up several notches. You’re going to get bites of that perfect tomato and cheese combination, but with the unique flavor of goat cheese. With this recipe, you will also caramelize onions and add some rosemary flavors throughout.
How to Make Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
Making this flavorful goat cheese grilled cheese has a couple extra steps to prepare. Mainly you’ll want to make the butter and the caramelized onions. You can do one or both of those in advance, or right before you make the goat cheese grilled cheese sandwich.
Aside from the roasted garlic rosemary butter and the caramelized onions, making this grilled cheese with goat cheese takes the same amount of time as making regular grilled cheese.
You can use any type of bread you like best with your grilled cheese, but this recipe uses sourdough bread. Feel free to substitute another hearty bread like a thick white bread.
Roasted Garlic Rosemary Butter Recipe
To make roasted garlic rosemary butter, start by roasting your garlic cloves, which is very easy. Just preheat your oven to 400°. Then remove the skins from your garlic and coat the cloves with a little bit of olive oil. Then place the garlic cloves in a piece of aluminum foil and fold it into a little pouch.
Roast your garlic cloves at 400° for about 12 to 15 minutes until they are golden brown and softened.
The next step for garlic rosemary butter is to chop a sprig of fresh rosemary herbs and add it to about 4 tablespoons of softened butter.
Finally add the softened roasted garlic cloves to the rosemary butter to get a rosemary garlic compound butter. Mix and mash it up well with a fork.
Set the butter aside for a moment. You’ll be using it to grill your goats cheese grilled cheese in the skillet. But first, you’ll use the skillet to make a handful of caramelized onions.
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How to Make Caramelized Onions
To make caramelized onions, drizzle some olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium low. Add some sliced onions, about a third of an onion.
Sprinkle on some salt and pepper as well as some sugar to help it caramelize.
Let the onions cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until they are soft and tender. Then add some chopped rosemary and continue to cook until the onions have turned a golden brown. Keep the heat on medium low.
Set your caramelized onions aside. You’ll be using them to build your grilled goat cheese sandwich.
Cooking Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
After you made your roasted garlic rosemary butter and your caramelized onions, you’ll start building your goat cheese sandwich to grill. Start by drizzling some olive oil on two pieces of sourdough.
Then add chunks of goat cheese to one slice of the sourdough bread. Make the coats thick but remember that goat cheese is strong and rich in flavor, so you don’t want a super thick coat.
Top the goat cheese with slices of fresh tomato then sprinkle some salt and pepper on the tomatoes. Then top the tomatoes with the caramelized onions.
Then, heat a drizzle of olive oil and about one tablespoon of butter in the skillet until the butter is melted. Take the piece of sourdough bread with no ingredients and dip the plain side (with no olive oil drizzle) into the butter. Immediately remove it and briefly set it aside. (This is just a little trick to making perfect grilled cheese without buttering bread with a knife!)
Next melt a little more butter in the skillet and then place your bread with all the ingredients gently on top of the melted butter. Top it with the remaining piece of bread that you had dipped in butter, with the butter side up. Allow it to cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the bottom is golden brown.
Use a spatula to gently flip the goat cheese grilled cheese sandwich over and cook the other side until it is also golden brown, about another 3 to 4 minutes.
Finally remove the sandwich, allow it to cool for a minute, and then cut it on a diagonal. Serve it with a dash of a balsamic glaze, which is the perfect final touch for a grilled goats cheese sandwich.
Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese with Tomato
- Aluminum Foil
- Cutting board
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- salt and pepper to season
Roasted Garlic Rosemary Butter
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
- 2 slices sourdough break
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons goat cheese
- 2-3 slices tomato
- salt and pepper to taste
- caramelized onions
- rosemary garlic compound butter
- balsamic glaze (optional)
- Preheat olive oil in skillet. Chop onions into slivers and add to the skillet on medium low. Season onions with salt and pepper. Add a dusting of sugar to help them caramelize. Let the onions simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Once the onions have simmers about 10 minutes and are soft and translucent, add chopped rosemary. Continue simmering and stirring until the onions are a golden brown, about another 5 or 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Roasted Garlic Rosemary Butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To roast garlic cloves, remove the skins, drizzle with olive oil then place in an aluminum foil pouch. Cook about 13 minutes, until the cloves are soft and golden.
- Soften 4 tablespoons of butter. (Do not microwave it to soften it! Allow it to soften to about room temperature.) Add chopped rosemary herb and roasted garlic cloves. Mix well with a fork.
Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
- To assemble the goat cheese grilled cheese, drizzle two slices of sourdough bread with olive oil. On one slice, place clumps of goat cheese and gently spread to coat. Remember, unlike other cheeses like cheddar cheese, goat cheese has a strong flavor. Use less cheese than you would with traditional grilled cheese, but a generous coating.
- Add a layer of sliced tomatoes. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Top with caramelized onions.
- Wipe out the skillet you used to make the caramelized onions. Add another drizzle of olive oil and a dollop (about 1 tablespoon) of roasted garlic rosemary butter. Once the butter has melted, dip the side of your slice of sour dough that does not have the cheese, tomato and onions. Coat the side of the bread that does not have the olive oil drizzle. Briefly set aside.
- Add more butter and olive oil to the pan if necessary. Then, gently lay your sourdough bread with the ingredients onto the melted butter. Top with the remaining slice that you first dunked with butter. Place the second piece of bread on top, butter side up.
- Allow your goat cheese grilled cheese to cook for about 3-4 minutes on medium low heat, peeking underneath until it is golden brown. Then, using a spatula, flip the sandwich and cook on the other side, about another 3-4 minutes.
- Cut in half diagonally and serve with some optional balsamic glaze.