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Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

Looking for a fancy grilled cheese recipe? Try this Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese. It is an amazing combination of sweet and savory—you will absolutely love how the the gooey melted goat cheese pairs so well with thinly sliced juicy, sweet ripe peaches.

Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and you're in for a heavenly treat!

Pear and goat cheese grilled cheese sandwich on a plate.

Goat cheese grilled cheese

Goat cheese makes an AMAZING grilled cheese filling because it is spreadable, and it becomes ooey, gooey, and soft when melted.

As much as I love a classic grilled cheese sandwich, I am also a big fan of fancy-pants sandwiches, such as this goat cheese grilled cheese. Even though this sandwich tastes like a million bucks, it's super easy to make with just 5 ingredients!

Stacked goat cheese and pear grilled cheese sandwich on a plate.

Here's another great goat cheese grilled cheese option: Air Fryer Blackberry Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

Related recipe: BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread (I like a nice denser loaf of bread instead of soft sandwich bread for this recipe, such as a sourdough or ciabatta)
  • 2 oz goat cheese (or more, depending on the size of your bread) 
  • ½ pear, seeds and stem removed (choose one that is not too soft, so it is easy to slice thinly) - you can use a bosc or a bartlett pear, your choice!
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened to room temperature

You will also need:

Ingredients to make a pear and goat cheese sandwich.

Instructions

Step 1: Slice the pear into thin slices. 

Step 2: Spread goat cheese on each sandwich half. Drizzle each sandwich half with about a teaspoon of the fig balsamic glaze. Place the pear slices on top of the drizzled goat cheese - you can overlap them a little, if needed. Top the sandwiches with the second slice of bread. 

Goat cheese spread on bread and drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Step 3: Spread a bit of butter on both sides of the sandwiches.

Step 4: In a large skillet, cook the grilled cheese sandwiches over medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until the bread is a nice golden brown and the goat cheese softens and starts to melt. Remove from heat, slice in half, and enjoy!

Cooking a grilled cheese sandwich in a skillet.

Related recipe: Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Balsamic glaze

Balsamic glaze is one of my favorite ingredients and condiments - I use it with my Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread, on my Tomato Pesto Crostini, and with my Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken recipe. It's sweet, tangy flavor is perfect for pairing with creamy ingredients (hello goat cheese!) and sweet fruit (hey there, pear!). 

I've never had a balsamic glaze I didn't like. The great thing about balsamic glaze is that it doesn't have to be expensive. Good balsamic vinegar on its own is really expensive. But you can take a cheapo balsamic vinegar and turn it into a glaze, and it tastes amazing on everythingggg.

For this recipe, you can use a basic balsamic glaze, such as this one, or a fancier flavored one, such as this fig balsamic glaze

What kind of bread to use for goat cheese grilled cheese

I recommend using a nice dense loaf of bread for this recipe, such as your favorite sourdough or ciabatta loaf. A regular sandwich bread will not feel as fancy for this sandwich, and you might find the goat cheese a little hard to spread on it. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Stacked pear and goat cheese grilled cheese on a plate.
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5 from 7 votes

Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, with an amazing fig balsamic glaze. Sweet and savory all in one bite... Go ahead, try to eat just one!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 oz goat cheese (or more, depending on your taste and the size of the bread)
  • ½ pear seeds and stem removed (not too soft)
  • 2 teaspoons fig balsamic glaze
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened to room temperature

Special equipment

  • Mandoline
  • Large skillet

Instructions

  • Thinly slice the pear on a mandoline slicer.
  • Spread goat cheese on each sandwich half. Drizzle each sandwich half with about a teaspoon of the balsamic glaze. Place the pear slices on top of the drizzled goat cheese - it's OK if the pieces overlap a little. Top the sandwiches with the second slice of bread. Spread a bit of butter on both sides of the sandwiches.
  • In a large skillet, cook the grilled cheese sandwiches over medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until the bread is a nice golden brown and the goat cheese softens and starts to melt. Remove from heat, slice in half, and enjoy!

Notes

Please use cut-proof gloves when using a mandolin! Mandoline injuries are no joke.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal (16%) | Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) | Protein: 11g (22%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 8g (40%) | Cholesterol: 28mg (9%) | Sodium: 445mg (19%) | Potassium: 154mg (4%) | Fiber: 4g (16%) | Sugar: 8g (9%) | Vitamin A: 470IU (9%) | Vitamin C: 1.9mg (2%) | Calcium: 117mg (12%) | Iron: 2.5mg (14%)

Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

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Cakespy

Monday 25th of January 2016

Grilled Cheese is my Happy Place. This looks like an amazing one. It seems like something they would serve at Wedge+Fig in Philadelphia - have you ever been there? you'd love it.

Yelena Weinstein

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Kate, I made this yesterday! It was great, even the leftover one that I took for lunch (and warmed up).

Kate

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

So glad to hear!!

Beata

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Pears and cheese melted together...I'm sold! Can't wait to give this a try.

Kate

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Hi Beata,

Thanks for stopping by! Please do let me know if you give this a try.

Sharon @ Savormania

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

I could seriously live off grilled cheese -- I love it so much! This variation seems delicious, can't wait to give it a try, especially since I love a good pear and goat cheese salad!

Tania @ COOKTORIA

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

I've never had a combination of pears and goat cheese, but I am sure I will love it! And the balsamic glaze makes these sandwiches even more interesting. Yum!

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