Creamy smoked gouda, caramelized onions, and juicy tomato make a delicious grilled cheese that can be made in just a few minutes! If you want to take your sandwich to the next level, this gouda grilled cheese is the answer!

I had the Smoked Gouda Panini from Ipanema Cafe on my mind, and I figured I could recreate it at home. I’m convinced that the only difference between a panini and a grilled cheese is the name. And I wasn’t trying to get too fancy here.

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To recreate this, I stopped by the store to pick up a few ingredients:

smoked gouda grilled cheese

How to Make the Perfect Gouda Grilled Cheese

I like using hearty whole wheat bread like this Ezekiel Bread from Food for Life. The slices should be able to stand up to enough toasting so the edges can get crispy! Shred fresh gouda cheese, rather than buying pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has anti-caking agents that can make it harder to melt.

What to Serve with a Gouda Grilled Cheese

I served mine with some homemade tomato soup, and it was the perfect comfort food combination! But this would also be good with a salad or sweet potato fries!

How to Make Grilled Cheese in an Air Fryer

If you’d rather make your grilled cheese in an air fryer, follow my step-by-step instructions for air fryer grilled cheese. It’s an easy way to get a perfectly crispy grilled cheese in minutes!

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smoked gouda

Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Sandwich

Description

Creamy smoked gouda, caramelized onions, and juicy tomato make a delicious grilled cheese that can be made in just a few minutes! If you want to take your sandwich to the next level, this gouda grilled cheese is the answer!


Ingredients

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  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced sweet onion
  • 4 oz smoked gouda
  • 12 medium tomatoes

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, saute the onions in the olive oil.
  2. Cook over low to medium heat for 12-15 minutes until the onions begin to caramelize.
  3. Set the onions aside.
  4. In that same pan, lay two pieces of bread in the leftover olive oil.
  5. Top each slice with 2oz of shredded cheese.
  6. Allow the cheese to begin melting, then top with the onion, tomato, and final slice of bread.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, until toasted and the cheese is melted.

Keywords: gouda grilled cheese

Looking for other sandwich ideas? Try this grilled halloumi sandwich! It only takes 15 minutes to make.

grilled halloumi sandwich

What’s your favorite type of comfort food?