Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Honey-Roasted Grapes and Walnuts

I am so out of the loop on the food holidays, let alone the months that are dedicated to celebrating one kind of food.  Does anyone have a calendar that I can keep track of these note-worthy dates?  I’m sure by now you know that April celebrates all things grilled cheese.  It might be nearing the end, but I am here, in time to celebrate.

To say that I have discovered some outstanding grilled cheese recipes is an understatement.  In my opinion, the blogoshpere has been blown away by some amazingly creative grilled cheese sandwiches and paninis.  I am constantly brainstorming for recipe ideas and got a little carried away when I was thinking about grilled cheese sandwiches.  I actually made a list of about 18 ideas that I wanted to test and share.  Maybe I need to declare a grilled cheese month of my own and dedicate each post to a different sandwich.  Thoughts?

For some reason, though, I couldn’t stop thinking about roasted grapes.  For some reason, it was burned in my mind that roasted grapes would make the perfect partner to goat cheese in a grilled sandwich.  And I have to say that I was right.  I adore this sandwich, you guys.

Roasted grapes are sweet but have such deep flavor, and that concentrated flavor paired perfectly with the tang of goat cheese.  Walnuts and honey finish off the combination and my socks were completely knocked off by the way these flavors just meshed together.

And surprise!  This sammy is gluten free!  Udi’s Gluten Free is hosting a Grilled Cheese Recipe Challenge so I used their whole-grain sandwich bread for this one.  I do not consume a gluten free diet but I like to experience all kinds of foods.  I have read a lot about gluten free diets and I am always open to trying new things.  And I am honestly adding this bread to my regular shopping trip.  I have absolutely fallen in love with this bread.  I have eaten a slice per day for the last several and I just cannot get enough.  The texture and taste are both outstanding and the portion is perfect for me.  I was excited to find it at Trader Joe’s, too.

I also recently joined the Udi’s Community to engage with others who are gluten-free.  You can find great support, tips and recipes.

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Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Honey-Roasted Grapes and Walnuts Recipe

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Gluten-free, grown-up, grape twist on a classic: the grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients:

1 cup seedless grapes
1 1/2 tsp. grapeseed oil
Small pinch (less than 1/8 tsp.) kosher salt
2 tsp. honey, divided + more for drizzling
4-6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2 tsp. walnut halves
4 slices sandwich bread, like Udi’s Sandwich Bread

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the grapes on a small non-stick baking sheet. Drizzle with grapeseed oil, 1 teaspoon of the honey, and salt. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the grapes begin to burst and shrivel. Remove and cool slightly.

To assemble sandwich, preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Lay one piece into the skillet, butter side down. Add half of the goat cheese, place half of the grapes on top. Drizzle with about a half-teaspoon honey and top with half of the walnuts. Place the second slice of bread on top, butter side up.

Cook the sandwich for 3-4 minutes on the first side, until the cheese starts to melt, and the bottom slice of bread is toasted. Flip the sandwich and cook for another 2 minutes or so, until the bread is toasted.

Remove from pan and serve with a drizzle of honey.

Cassie's Notes:
This can, of course, be made with any kind of bread you like.

I think this would be outstanding if some prosciutto or bacon added!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Udi’s Gluten Free to provide this review.  I did receive free bread to create this recipe.  My opinions are always 100% mine and mine alone.

 

100 Responses to “Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Honey-Roasted Grapes and Walnuts”

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 25, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    i’m the same way- i never seem to hear about food holidays until the day of! national grilled cheese month is something i can definitely get behind, though. this sandwich looks divine – love the addition of roasted grapes. what a smart flavor combination!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy. I loved it!

  2. #
    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 25, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    Such a pretty sandwich!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      Thanks, Rachel, I loved the color contrast!

  3. #

    That sandwich looks so good Cassie. I love the roasted grapes, and the walnuts, and the cheese. Oh my, I’m getting hungry!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      Thanks, Roxanna!

  4. #
    Kathryn — April 25, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    What a great combination! Love those roasted grapes in there.

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Kathryn, they were definitely a great addition!

  5. #
    Tina@flourtrader — April 25, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I just saw a post saying it is now national pretzel day. I cannot keep up with all that either. Your grilled cheese sandwich does look to be a special one, very unique and tasty ingredients. It does change the way I look at grilled cheese and that is a good thing. Well done!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

      Thanks Tina! After I saw this I found a link with food holidays and sure enough – national pretzel day. What will they come up with next?!

  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 25, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Honey roasted grapes?! Awesome! This sandwich sounds so yummy!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Katrina!

  7. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — April 25, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    My husband has a gluten sensitivity and we are trying to find new recipes that cater to that. I would absolutely devour this in a heart beat and then make three more just for myself. He hates grapes and goat cheese… So yes, I’ll be making about ten of these for myself and not sharing!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

      I hope that you liked it. My husband turned his nose up to it and then loved the flavor combo. Let me know what you think!

  8. #
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — April 25, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    How unique is this sandwich?! I adore goat cheese too. Mmmmm!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Melanie! I was hoping for something really unique!

  9. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 25, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    This is where I check for food holidays, I’m not sure if others go elsewhere but I find this one easy to follow: http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/food-holidays.asp I’ve never heard of roast grapes before! Love the color it gives the sandwich.

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

      I loved the color too. And thanks for the link, I so needed that!

  10. #
    Samantha — April 25, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I am almost speechless at how great this looks!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

      Thanks, Samantha!

  11. #
    Aggie — April 25, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    I have never roasted grapes! I love goat cheese, I could totally imagine how awesome this tastes Cassie…mmmm the crunch from the nuts!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

      I hadn’t before last weekend and I’m hooked now!

  12. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 25, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    That is such a great idea Cassie! And the roasted grapes would be great in so many things.

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

      Thanks, Jen, I agree with you!

  13. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 25, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    This is out of this world, Cassie! This is something I never would’ve thought to combine. I love goat cheese and how low-fat it is…so this is a great healthy grilled cheese!! I laughed out loud when I read “i was given free bread” lol, made me think of Hunger Games & Peeta..

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

      Thanks, friend! I’m a big fan of goat cheese too!

  14. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 25, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    what an inventive version of grilled cheese! love it!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah!

  15. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — April 25, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    What an incredible recipe. I am loving all the elements and awesome flavors in this grilled cheese. yummy!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

      Thanks Russell!

  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 25, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I’ve never tried roasted grapes, but they sound amazing on this sandwich! Thanks for the gluten-free bread recommendation as well – I’ve been looking for a brand to try, so now I’ll look for Udi’s!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

      Absolutely, it’s definitely my favorite and my husband likes it too, although he complains that the slices are small…they are perfect for me. ;)

  17. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 25, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I need to roast grapes. This put me over the edge. After seeing Jessica’s roasted grapes on a sweet potato a few months ago, it’s been on my to-make list ever since. Thank you for reminding me!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

      I need to try that sweet potato thing too. I bet it would be so good!

  18. #
    Wendy from Udi's — April 25, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Wow, Cassie! This grilled cheese looks amazing. I would have never thought to roast grapes, but I am a huge goat cheese fan, so I will definitely be trying this recipe. I’ve also pinned it on our gluten free grilled cheese Pinterest board!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Wendy! I’m loving Udi’s products!

  19. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 25, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Right here, the grapeseed oil, 1 teaspoon of the honey,and the grapes. I need to get on that project, stat. I have never roasted them, I know, what am I waiting for. I have been meaning to for ages just never have and now it’s a must do!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

      Yes, you must…I think you’ll love it!

  20. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 25, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    My heart just skipped a beat. What a kick-butt grilled cheese Cassie!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

      Thank you, Laurie, your comments always make me smile!

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 25, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    This is so creative, Cassie! You won me over with goat cheese. I just can’t get enough of the stuff. And I love the pairing with the roasted grapes! So yummy!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, I can’t get enough either!

  22. #
    Jill — April 25, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    I just went back to eating gluten free and so happy to have found this post- what a tasty idea! One of the reasons I got so discouraged and went back to my old (bad) eating habits was because I was so bored with the gluten free foods. I *Love* grilled cheese sandwiches and never would have thougth of this.
    Day 2 of being gluten free again and giving you a big Thank you!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

      Your comment is why I blog! I love reading these comments, and I’m glad you like this. Keep me updated on how your gluten-free diet is going, I would love to encourage you! I haven’t cut out all gluten but am experimenting in various ways.

  23. #
    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — April 25, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    I love all these ingredients and you’re so smart to have thought to put them all together into one delicious sandwich! :)

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Jen!

  24. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 25, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Wow Cassie this is brilliant! You know I am all about grilled cheeses lately and this one is definitely going to be made in my kitchen very soon! I so love this! Creamy goat cheese, roasted grapes oh my I want one now! :)

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! Yes, we both have been on the same page about grilled cheese lately. I’m a big fan. Hope you like this one! :)

  25. #
    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — April 25, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I’m over the moon for goat cheese recently, so I’m really digging this post of yours!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      Thanks Julie, goat cheese has become a favorite of mine too!

  26. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 25, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I’m at a loss for words…. This looks so pretty and delicious! Great combo of flavors I love it!

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

      Thanks Carrie!

  27. #
    Tracey — April 25, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    This is just the prettiest sandwich Cassie! I love the bursts of purple throughout. I’ve never had roasted grapes, but I need this in my life asap :)

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

      Thanks Tracey, I loved the color contrast too!

  28. #
    Ryan — April 25, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I love your take on grilled cheese, Cassie! This is such a beautiful sandwich and love the sweet with the savory! I could seriously eat at least one of these right now. :)

    I felt out of the loop too on food holidays so I was googling the other day and found this blog. Don’t know how official it it but it’s very comprehensive. http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm

    • Cassie replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

      Thanks, Ryan, I so needed that link!

  29. #
    Deborah — April 25, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    I don’t even like goat cheese, so it’s strange that I’m really intrigued by this sandwich!! Probably because it’s so darn beautiful!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 8:11 am

      Thanks Deborah!

  30. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — April 25, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    I love the combination of goat cheese and honey and I would also appreciate the contrasting texture that the walnuts and grapes offer! Yum!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      Thanks, Mercedes. I loved the contrast of the sandwich!

  31. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 25, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    What an incredibly innovative grilled cheese sandwich. I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      There’s another one coming next week, I can’t wait!

  32. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 25, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    What a fun and delicious way to enjoy sandwiches!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      Thanks Angie!

  33. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 26, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Good God almighty! Everything about this sounds phenomenal! I MUST make this.

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

      Thanks Sally! Your comment made me giggle! :)

  34. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 26, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    This looks…just amazing. I’d eat 30 of them.

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

      Me too, it’s a good thing I only made 2!

  35. #
    Carly @ Createlive — April 26, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    IT’S LIKE GROWN UP GRILLED CHEESE!
    I loveeeeeee this :)
    -Carly @ Createlive

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

      So grown up! Thanks, Carly!

  36. #
    Sheila — April 26, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    salavating……
    I LOVE goat cheese. In fact I needed to marry me a goat.

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

      Haha, you are too funny, Sheila!

  37. #
    sarah — April 26, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Oh my goodness- I want to eat this right now!! The flavors sound so so fantastic together!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

  38. #
    Emily — April 26, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    My goodness lady! This looks incredible! Gorgeous photos, as always :)

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Emily!

  39. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 26, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I just need to tell you that you are brilliant. I can’t even wait to make this, goat cheese is one of those “eat off the floor” foods. For reals.

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

      Without a doubt, an “eat off the floor” food. You make me laugh and I love you for that!

  40. #
    Meghan — April 26, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    This makes me happy! I adore goat cheese and even more so paired with roasted grapes!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Meghan! I think everyone loves the combo, I was worried about it but it’s been a big hit!

  41. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 26, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Gorgeous and I am dying to taste those flavors together!

    • Cassie replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Milisa. It was so great!

  42. #
    Terra — April 27, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    I am lover of any grilled cheese, but I love unique grilled cheese sandwiches! This is definitely unique, and really sounds like a gorgeous mix of flavors:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Cassie replied: — April 27th, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

      Thanks, Terra! It’s very unique but absolutely loved it!

  43. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — April 29, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    I think this is the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve seen yet! what a brilliant idea!

    • Cassie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      Thanks Jenny, I am craving another one!

  44. #
    Margie — August 7, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    how vital is the grapeseed oil? I have never seen it in a store and I don’t like to buy an unusual ingredient for a small quantity like a tablespoon. I have olive oil always, though.

    • Cassie replied: — August 7th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      Hi Margie, olive oil will work beautifully for this. I just like grapeseed oil in cases like these but it’s completely a personal preference!

  45. #
    Tieghan — April 2, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    What a seriously clever combo!! Looks delicious!

  46. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — April 2, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I am seriously in love with this sammie!

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