Whiskey Cheddar and Pear Grilled Cheese

Last week I promised you a grilled cheese sandwich… I had to delay it a few days. And, for that, I’m sorry! But, I hope it will be worth the wait!

Lately I’ve been on a bit cheese kick.  I think it’s because I got my fill of sweets around the holidays.  It’s hard to believe since normally I am all about desserts. But, I’ve actually gotten kind of sick of sweets.  So, instead, I’ve turned to cheese. I’ve been making special trips to Wegmans to peruse the large cheese selection (much better than my usual grocery store) and snacking on cheese and fruit after dinner instead of dessert.

Even with all of the new cheeses I’ve tried, though, I keep going back to one old favorite… I cannot get enough of the Kerrygold Aged Cheddar with Irish Whiskey.  If you have never tried it, go out and buy a block. Right now. It’s rich and creamy, and packed with flavor.  I especially love it with some fruit.

Grilled cheese is a lunchtime favorite at my house… Both my hubby and I work from home, and most days we eat lunch together.  Since I’m not a big fan of cold food (especially in the winter!), I tend to make grilled sandwiches quite a bit.  And, grilled cheese is at the top of my list. 

A lot of times, I stick to the basics with grilled cheese, opting for slices of mozzarella or provolone.  But, last week when I had some leftover sourdough bread, I decided to mix it up a bit and use some of the cheddar cheese I had left over from a cheese plate I had put together the weekend before. Since I love the cheese with fruit, I decided to incorporate it into the sandwich.  I sliced up a juicy pear and layered it with the creamy cheese on slices of sourdough bread. It was phenomenal, and quite possibly the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever made.

While it’s not a complicated recipe (and a recipe isn’t really necessary at all), the flavors were just too good not to share. Both my hubby and I were big fans of this grown up grilled cheese, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Whiskey Cheddar and Pear Grilled Cheese
Makes 2 sandwiches

Melt the butter in a grill pan (with a panini press) over medium heat.  Meanwhile, arrange the pear slices and cheese on two slices of bread.  Top with the remaining slices of bread.  Grill for 3 – 4 minutes on each side, covering with the panini press to flatten the sandwich and hold everything together.  Enjoy while the cheese is still warm and gooey!

14 Responses to Whiskey Cheddar and Pear Grilled Cheese

  1. Definitely on my docket to make this sandwich – just have to find the cheese; maybe HEB carries it, I know they stock the Kerrygold butter.
    Thanks for sharing.
    BTW, my sourdough bread starter turned out great; hopefully today I will make some bread (need for this grilled cheese recipe).

  2. Grilled cheese is SUCH good comfort food this time of year! Yours looks amazing. I need to make some sourdough and soon, I don’t think I’ve ever tried grilled cheese on it.

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