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Grilled Pear and Cheese Sandwich

I still remember the first time I ever had a grilled cheese and apple sandwich. It was about 12 years ago at a little Belgian-style cafe in Toronto called L
Apr 12, 2016 | Joy McCarthy

I still remember the first time I ever had a grilled cheese and apple sandwich. It was about 12 years ago at a little Belgian-style cafe in Toronto called Le Petit Dejeuner. The taste was new and foreign to me because I had grown up on your typical grilled cheese sandwich (which did not include any fruit). The addition of the apple was so fresh and delicious. I would get this sandwich with a salad to go on my lunch break quite often when I worked for a marketing agency down the street. It was total comfort food.

Since it's National Grilled Cheese Day I thought I would share one of Walker's favourite sandwich recipes. And yes... I love it too!

This sandwich may not be for everyone, because yes there is dairy and gluten, but I will give you options in the recipe to make it cow-dairy-free and gluten-free. But most importantly, this grilled cheese is made with 100% real food.

Speaking of real food...

Many of my friends grew up in the 80s and 90s on Kraft Cheese Singles. You know, the cheese-like substance in plastic wrap? It makes me shudder just thinking about it. I hated the smell of them. I have to give my parents thanks because they never gave my brother and I Kraft Singles cheese slices. Is that even cheese? We always had real cheese, I remember my dad being pretty adamant about that.

This grilled cheese tastes delicious with either white cheddar or goat cheese. If you can't or choose not to eat dairy, you could also use Daiya dairy-free cheese.

Here's the recipe for two people. I decided to use pear, but you could use either apple or pear.

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  • 4 slices of bread of your choice (I used sourdough, but you could also use sprouted or gluten-free)
  • 3/4 cup grated organic white cheddar or hard goat cheese (you could also just slice enough cheese up to cover the bread)
  • 1 pear or apple, sliced thinly
  • Dijon mustard to taste (as much as you like!)
  • 1 tbsp room-temperature organic butter (the butter in the photo is goat butter, which is why it's white)
  1. Heat grill pan or grill to medium.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread and place butter side down on pan or grill.
  3. Spread some Dijon mustard on the bread and top with cheese, followed by sliced pear and top with other slice of buttered bread.
  4. Cook slowly (be patient!) until cheese is starting to melt and the bottom is golden brown and then flip.


What's your favourite way to dress up a grilled cheese sandwich?

Share it with me in the comments below!

Apr 12, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
Valentina   •   April 12, 2016

That looks so yummy!! I'm definitely going to try it. Question: when I cook the sandwich in the pan, should I cover it with the lid or will it make it go all mushy? And can I make this in the morning and then bring it with me to work for lunch? Thanks! Valentina

Heather Allen   •   April 12, 2016

Shirley   •   April 14, 2016

Thank you your grilled cheese looks delicious. I am going to try it for sure

Heather Allen   •   April 14, 2016

Pris   •   June 18, 2016

Looks great! So excited to see they have solid block goat cheese available! I didn’t know they carried that. I tried looking for it at a couple of health food stores but was not able to find it. I was just wondering if you have any recommendations on stores that carry it? Thanks so much, Pris

Heather Allen   •   June 20, 2016

Irma   •   October 18, 2018

Going to make this sandwich with the soup on the weekend😊

Joy McCarthy   •   October 18, 2018

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Skin so soft, it feels
out of this world.