Prosciutto, Pear and Aged Goat Grilled Cheese

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Friday evening, Kylie and I were at Trader Joe’s to pick up a few items and they were sampling a grilled cheese sandwich with their aged goat cheese and prosciutto. I knew I had to make this … because it tasted to so good. I also knew I had to make it my own some how so I could blog it and share it with all of you.

First of all, I didn’t know there was such a cheese as aged goat. Welcome to my world, aged goat cheese! Oh boy, this stuff is fantastic! I use creamy goat cheese all the time, for so many different things. Tonight, I’m going to use it with pesto pasta – yum! Anyway, I knew I had to purchase this goat cheese and I’m so glad I did.

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I used Trader Joe’s Rustica bread for my sandwich for a couple reasons. First of all, that is the bread they used when sampling the sandwich. Second of all, I always buy this bread because it is one of my favorites.

I started with two slices of Rustica bread and spread the outside of each half with softened butter and the inside of each half with Dijon mustard.

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This may just be my favorite Dijon mustard

On top of one side I placed 1/4 cup of shredded aged goat cheese. I then placed a few slices of a pear on top of the cheese, following that with arugula.

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I topped the arugula with prosciutto. I used two slices of prosciutto since that is a serving according to the package nutrition information.

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On the second slice of bread, I added a little more of the shredded goat (1/8 cup), so that the cheese would melt to both sides of the bread. I placed the other slice of bread on top of the sandwich and grilled it on my griddle pan.

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This was one tasty grilled cheese sandwich! I actually thought it was a bit elegant … something I may serve to friends if they came over for lunch. One of these sandwiches, with a glass of white wine … or heck, I’d say, champagne, would be fabulous.

Ingredients

  • Prosciutto (2 slices)
  • 2 slices Rustica bread (or bread of your choice)
  • Pear (3-4 slices, depending on the size of your bread)
  • Aged Goat Cheese (1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup … more, if you desire)
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard (2 per slice of bread)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, more if you need (for the outside of the bread)
  • Arugula (a handful)

Directions

  1. Spread two slices of bread with softened butter. Place buttered side down on a bread board.
  2. Spread the inside of each slice of bread with Dijon mustard.
  3. Place 1/4 cup shredded aged goat cheese on one slice and 1/8 cup on the other slice.
  4. Lay pear slices over bottom slice (the one with 1/4 cup of cheese).
  5. Lay arugula over pear slices.
  6. Lay “folded” slices of prosciutto over arugula.
  7. Place top slice of bread on sandwich.
  8. Grill until golden and toasted.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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