Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich

I finally got around to experimenting with that wonderful Old Kentucky Tomme goat cheese I picked up on my vacation last month.  Just in case you don’t remember which cheese I’m talking about, it was this one.  I’ve been aging it in the cheese drawer I have in my basement refrigerator.  Yes, I have a whole drawer devoted to cheese! Doesn’t everyone?

Capriole Goat Farm suggested it with grilled apples and onions. I decided to take it a little further, and ended up with a Saturday afternoon lunch that officially made my comfort food list.  I’m not sure what type of cheese to recommend you try with this, since you probably won’t have access to Capriole cheeses.  If you’re fortunate enough to have an exceptional cheese counter, you could try to find some type of French tomme cheese, preferably goat.

First, I threw some onions into a pan with a little olive oil and softened them. Then I added some peeled, sliced apple and cooked the whole mess over medium heat until softened and golden. I had some slightly stale homemade honey wheat bread I had made a couple of days earlier, which is excellent for grilled sandwiches or toast.  I’m not kidding! Liberally buttered, stale homemade bread crisps up in the pan better than anything.

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich
Buttered slices of stale homemade bread
Genoa Salami
Grilled apple & onion
Capriole Old Kentucky Tomme goat cheese

Layer salami, apple & onion, and goat cheese on the buttered bread. Toast in a pan over medium heat until warmed through and the cheese begins to ooze.

It was good … REALLY good!  The tang of the salami, sweetness of the apple and onion, combined with the gooey, goaty goodness of the cheese were a perfect marriage of flavors.  I’ve still got some cheese left.  As soon as I get some more salami, I’m making it again.  And the next time I won’t forget the bottle of shiraz that’s sill lurking in my basement.

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