Sunday, May 1, 2011

Gouda Arugula Grilled Cheese

I recently read that April is Grilled Cheese month. I am not sure if it's true, and haven't looked further to see if it is, but I feel the need to get behind Grilled Cheese month by celebrating!

A few weeks ago, we received a LOVELY bunch of arugula in our CSA box, and I've been eating it in salads and on sandwiches left and right. Yum.

On a recent trip to Costco, I sampled some fantastic Dutch gouda, and of course, had to have it! What a fantastic cheese. What would I do without the sample ladies at Costco? The only reason to consider braving the crowds on a Saturday.

Meet the marriage of arugula and gouda. The flavors play off of each other wonderfully, with a mellow yet flavorful burst of deliciousness.

I've always just used a very thin layer of mayo on the inside of the bread, but recently, K introduced me to a horseradish dijon that adds great flavor to grilled cheese.

Doesn't that gouda look... "gooda"?? Sorry. Couldn't resist!

Layer with arugula, and add in a few gouda crumbles to ensure the cheese achieves a great level of goo.

Put the sandwich together, butter the top and flip upside down in a frying pan on medium heat. Butter the other side and wait for a beautiful brown on the bottom before flipping again.

When you've achieved the color and goo level you prefer, remove from heat, cut in half and serve. Doesn't this look tasty?

It was! Lucy the dog was hovering the entire time, hoping for dropped cheese or leftovers. She really could make a career of being cute. Such is the life of a pampered pet -- she got a slice of gouda! :D

I'm pleased to share this recipe with these hops - find more great inspirations there!

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