Cherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye

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Cherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye - 10th Kitchen

I present to you, in order of least to most magical: 

seeing a double rainbow < writing “cheese” twice in one recipe title < eating the thing that necessitated two uses of “cheese”

Soon enough, I’m going to lobby for a keyboard shortcut for “cheese,” because I’m not stopping anytime soon.

I know, Ron. I know. And that was just breakfast, Boo.

This isn’t just some grammar technicality either: there are two cheeses involved here. I mean what I say.  Except when I say, “Yes, I’d love to come to one of those parties where you’re supposed to buy stuff you don’t want just to be polite YAY CANDLES.”

Ahem. Let me tell you about this sandwich, though.

A grilled cheese with just goat cheese, while delicious, would be a solid zero on the meltiness scale. Hence, we add mozzarella: trusty, reliable, but not the star here. Not too much of a diva, that Mozz (and this is where I make a Morrissey joke for my music nerd friends).

cherry grilled cheese 1

Cooking the cherries down to a quick compote is an extra step, and I dislike those as much as the next hungry sandwich-maker. That said, it’s a good idea, because: 1) a little extra sweetness never hurt anybody, especially when you have tangy bread and tangy cheese; 2) assembling a sandwich with little red orbs that want to roll out and all over your counter will drive you positively loony; 3) you’re already pitting them, so you’re prepared for a little extra work anyway; and 4) mostly that second thing … and the first one.

cherry grilled cheese 2

If you want to make this out of season, like a rebel–or you’re just a little lazy–use cherry jam. In fact, any jam you’re fond of will do.

cherry grilled cheese 3

Fruit and goat cheese is a tried-and-true combo, but the rye bread here takes this sandwich to the top… And over. Over the top. I haven’t met a bread I don’t like, but the deep flavor of rye gets me every time. 

cherry grilled cheese 4

I went with one slice of mozzarella per sandwich, but I don’t think it’d be too outrageous to go for two. You do you, friend!

Still, even at a reasonable amount of oozing cheese, I had a hell of a time trying to make this look semi-attractive. The sandwich didn’t just wake up like this, you know. It’s not Beyonce. And even Beyonce has to find the right angles.

Cherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye - 10th Kitchen

…I tried. Then I ate–and if you’re feeling this combination of messy+tangy+tangy+melty+sweet+juicy, grab yourself a napkin and LET’S GO. We need a snack before demolishing that wheel of cheese for dinner, correct?

I knew you’d understand.

Your Friend in Cheesus,

Cherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye - 10th KitchenCherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye - 10th Kitchen

Cherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 1 1/2 cups pitted fresh cherries
  2. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  3. 1 teaspoon honey (or more, depending on how sweet your cherries are)
  4. A few turns freshly ground black pepper
  5. 4 slices good rye bread
  6. 3 ounces goat cheese
  7. 2 slices mozzarella (or another mild, well-melting cheese)
  8. Butter
  1. First, make a quick compote by combining cherries, lemon juice, honey, and black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to crush the cherries as they cook until the mixture is bubbly and thick, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Butter one side of each bread slice well, all the way to the edges. Layer compote, goat cheese, and mozzarella on the non-buttered sides, and close the sandwiches.
  3. Cook in a preheated skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-low heat until well-melted and browned, about 4 minutes per side--but keep a good eye on it and flip if the bread is browning too quickly.
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23 Responses to Cherry and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Rye

  1. Love love love this idea!! I´m a huge fan of pairing fruit with any cheese! Truth be told, when I was a child, my siblings and I used to make cheese and cherry/any berry jam grilled sandwiches in the oven.. absolutely delicious! xoxo
    Johlene recently posted…Chocolate Covered ApplesMy Profile

  2. Two slices may have been too much (maybe I’m wrong) but it looks like you hit just the right ratio of messy to tangy to melty to sweet to juicy. GREG
    sippitysup recently posted…Red Pepper Soup with Special Event Crab LegsMy Profile

    • I agree, Greg! Excess cheese looks decadent in a photo, but do I want to eat that much? Not without an extra slice of bread in there.

    Is this even real? Goat cheese AND rye??? Now we’re talking! I want this bad boy so so badly it hurts. But I have to admit I’m probably going the jam route because pitting cherries = hell.
    But yeah I’m so making this for breakfast soon C;
    Consuelo – Honey & Figs recently posted…Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice CreamMy Profile

  4. Two things: I love grilled cheese sandwiches ESPECIALLY when rye is in the picture, and sandwiches are so darn hard to photograph and make look yummy, aren’t they?? Oh – and thing three – I love grilled bread with melted cheese and jam. So, hello. This is perfect. I just bought a couple pounds of cherries this morning, and I’ve got NO problema with cooking them down – I like to roast ‘em too.
    Sara {Home is Where The Cookies Are} recently posted…Easy Peanut Butter Sugar CookiesMy Profile

  5. This sounds amazing! Love the idea of using rye bread- the cherry and goat’s cheese sounds like a brilliant flavour combo. Lovely recipe idea! :)
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  6. Yes. Please. Cheese and jam on grilled bread is one of life’s greatest joys!!! And this is a test – will my comment actually go through??

    • Fixed! Ahhh.

      Bad anti-spam plugin, BAD! Go sit in the corner.

      And I completely agree with you on life and joy and cheese!

  7. Will it work? I heart grilled cheese And jam!

  8. Oh man, this looks TOO perfect. And you’re absolutely right that a double-cheese situation is far superior to a double-rainbow one… every time.

    I also love your innovation to use fresh cherries in grilled cheese! I am all over using fresh fruit (especially stone fruit) in typically savory settings — like peaches in salads, and even cherries in salads (if I have the patience for that). And I love grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, so I can see the cherries filling in for the tomato slice in the juiciest and most delicious of ways…
    Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) recently posted…Taquería-Style Creamy Avocado SalsaMy Profile

  9. That ooey gooey cheese and those deliciously softened cherries sandwiched between these slices of rye bread are just about the most delicious things I have seen today! This sandwich is making me HUNGRY!!!!!!
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  10. This sandwich is insane! It looks so good!

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  12. Me! Me! I’m a musical nerd friend, and I like both Moz the musician and mozz the cheese! You made this sandwich for ME! Thank you, please, and I’ll have another.
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