Grilled Cheese With Basil Sandwich

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Category : Grilling, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Grilled Cheese With Basil SandwichI enjoy starting with a classic, ordinary recipe and making it local and special. This week I was in the mood to bake bread, so I decided to attempt an improved, locavore grilled cheese sandwich.

I knew just the cheese to make it special–Appel Farms’ Sweet Red Pepper Gouda. Homemade bread, artisan cheese, spread fresh basil leaves over it, and voila! I could almost taste it just thinking about it!

You can cook this sandwich any of several ways. Broil it, grill it, put it in a toaster oven, or toast it in a heavy pan (cast iron always works well). I used our Foreman grill and cooked it for five minutes. Perfect!

Getting the ingredients was almost as much fun as eating the sandwich. You might want to take a few minutes to read about my shopping trip. I used flour from Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill to make the bread, but you could also purchase bread from Avenue Bread in Bellingham.

  • Prep Time:
    10 min
  • Cook Time:
    5 min
  • Ready In:
    15 min
Servings: 1 serving
  • 2 slices bread (homemade, or from Avenue Bread, Bellingham)
  • 2 tsp butter (Breckinridge Farm, Everson)
  • 1-2 oz cheese (I used Sweet Red Pepper Gouda, Appel Farms, Ferndale)
  • fresh basil (home garden)
  • pickles (Boxx Berry Farm, Ferndale)


Butter one side of each slice of bread.

Put sliced cheese on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread. Cover with a generous layer of whole basil leaves. Put the second slice of bread on top, buttered side topmost.

Grill, broil, or cook each side in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. I used a Foreman grill, cooking for about 5 minutes. When nicely browned the sandwich is ready.

Serve pickles on the side.

Serving Suggestions:

I served this with Steamed Broccoli (broccoli from Small’s Gardens, Ferndale) and Fresh Strawberries (from Boxx Berry Farm, Ferndale).

Food Sources:

Appel Farms Cheese Shoppe, 6605 Northwest Road, Ferndale (open Mon-Sat 9a-6p)
Boxx Berry Farm, 6211 Northwest Road, Ferndale (open Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 10a-4p)
Community Food Co-operative, Westerly and Cordata, Bellingham
Small’s Garden, 6451 Northwest Road, Ferndale (open Mon-Sat 9a-6p)
Terra Organica, Flora and Cornwall, Bellingham

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