Gourmet 4 Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Last Updated on April 15, 2021 by Chef Mireille

The best Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich you will ever have just oozing with layers of cheese upon cheese with 4 cheeses including Gouda and Manchego with fresh Pumpkin Jam.

the best grilled cheese sandwich.

Did you know that in April we are celebrating one of America’s all time comfort foods? Yes April is #NationalGrilledCheeseMonth and today is #NationalGrilledCheeseDay – every kid who ate school lunches at one time or another has eaten that classic combination of Grilled Cheese & Tomato

Soup. Check out my Vegan Tomato Soup Recipe here!

Today I am giving you a version of a more grown up grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, it’s a little gourmet and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with the classic, this Pumpkin Four Cheese Grilled Sandwich will definitely impress your grown up palate.

Not everyone is going to have access to the cheeses I used here, so find the best store in your city with the largest cheese selection and pick out the ones you like best. In a place like New York City, the varieties of cheeses are endless at gourmet supermarkets like Whole Foods & Fairway. We then also have specialty cheese shops like East Village Cheese and Murray’s Cheese.  Be adventurous! Most of these stores will allow you to taste. Instead of just going for the basics that you know you like, taste some new ones and discover a new variety. For a four cheese variety liked I did here, the key is to have at least one good melting cheese like a cheddar and combine it with at least one hard, aged, nutty flavored cheese for complexity of flavor. For the hard cheese, I generally go for a Parmesan, Romano, Asiago or Manchego aged at least 6 months.

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Now, you may think how hard is this to make? Cheese in between bread, butter on the outside and cook until golden brown right? However, if you purchase grilled cheese sandwiches I can guarantee we all have had at least one where the cheese in the inside isn’t melted. That is one of the worst things.

As you wait for your sandwich, you are imagining the gooey insides, especially if it’s a cold winter day and you want that perfect childhood comfort food. You bite into it and all you get is pieces of cold cheese slices inside with the cheese barely melted. If you live in New York City, where nothing is cheap – not even a grilled cheese sandwich – it can ruin your whole day!

The key is to melt all the cheese without burning the bread. Here are a few tricks to make sure you get the perfect grilled cheese sandwich!

  • Bring the cheese to room temperature
  • Use grated cheese instead of cheese slices
  • Cook on low heat
  • Use a good quality bread that won’t fall apart (no Wonder white bread)

This sandwich is definitely not for the Grilled Cheese purist. I like jam in cheese sandwiches, however, I am very particular about the jam.  I prefer my pumpkin jam, orange marmalade, apricot preserves, mango or guava. The berry jams overpower the flavor of the cheese, in my opinion.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with 4 cheeses.

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How to make the Best Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Pumpkin Jam

How to make the best grilled Cheese sandwich.

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This sandwich is a great balance of sweet, salty and a little bit of spice (from the pepper jack).

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Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwith with 4 Cheeses

A gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with fresh Pumpkin Jam and 4 cheeses including Manchego and Gouda.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Sandwiches
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 794kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin jam
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Manchego cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Coconut Gouda Cheese at room temperature

Instructions

  • Spread one side of each bread slice with pumpkin jam.
  • Spread the other side with a thin layer of mayonnaise.
  • Heat a skillet until it is hot, but not smoking.
  • Add butter and wait until it is melted
  • Turn heat down to lowest setting possible. Add one slice of bread mayo side down to the pan.. Add grated cheeses on top. Cover with the other bread slice, mayo side up.
  • Raise heat to medium low.
  • Place a bacon press on top for 2 minutes. Cover pan and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Flip over. Press with bacon press for 30 seconds. Cover pan again and cook for another 1 1/2 – 2 minutes, until golden brown.

Notes

quantities are approximate

Nutrition

Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1413IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1131mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Amanda

    This is a whole new world for gourmet grilled cheese. That coconut gouda sounds delicious. I need to find some beautiful cheeses and jams, and get grilling.

  2. Natalie

    I didn’t know that national grilled cheese even exist. But that’s awesome! Because I LOVE grilled cheese. This four cheese sandwich looks absolutely delicious. Love the sound of that coconut gauda cheese. YUM! This is perfect for celebrating 😉

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