Artichoke and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

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Ok so maybe I put a little bit too much cheese in this grilled cheese sandwich because it’s spilling over the sides.

Or, can there ever be too much cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich?  Maybe not.

This sandwich is meaty without having meat in it because it’s packed full of veggies.

Well only one kind of veggie but a bunch of it.

Which not only tastes wonderful but also helps in the area of getting veggies in for the day.

I’ll be honest, this tasty morsel of a sandwich does have it’s fair share of cheese in it too.  Actually, it has 3 kinds of cheese in it.  I mean, what’s a grilled cheese sandwich without a lot of cheese in it anyway right?

My fave part about this grilled cheese, besides the taste of butter, the wonderful crunchiness of the sourdough bread, the hint of garlic, and all of the melted cheese, is how the smoky taste of the gouda cheese meets up with the flavor of the marinated artichokes.  I think I covered it all in that last sentence.

Big bites are definitely required when eating this sandwich.  Which is a good thing.

So let’s check out the ingredients.

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Sourdough bread (or your favorite bread), smoked gouda cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, butter and garlic powder

Here’s how to make it.

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First, cut the bigger pieces of artichoke hearts in half….

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…then shred the cheese.  A shredder that has smaller holes works good so the cheese melts faster.

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Heat a medium size skillet on low heat and add half of the butter.

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When the butter melts, add the bread.

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Let the bread toast until the bottom side is a golden color.  Then remove it from the pan on to a plate for just a moment.

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Add the other half of the butter and garlic powder.

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Stir together….

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…and put the bread back in the pan with the untoasted side down.

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Top each slice of bread with cheese…

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….and one slice of bread with the artichoke hearts.

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Carefully turn over the non-artichoke slice of bread on top of the artichokes to make a sandwich.

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Let the sandwich continue to toast on low heat until the cheese melts.

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Be careful to watch that the bottom sides of the bread don’t get too brown.  Turn the heat down if needed.

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Serve while hot and..

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…enjoy.

More delish grilled cheese sandwiches:

Grilled cheese roll-ups
Nacho, jalapeno and salsa grilled cheese
Three-cheese and orange zest sandwich grilled on the BBQ
Grilled cheese and chili sandwich
Brown butter grilled cheese sandwich  (this one has onion rings in it…yum)

Artichoke and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

4 slices of sourdough bread (or your favorite bread)
4 tablespoons butter
4 dashes garlic powder
1 cup shredded gouda cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts (larger pieces cut in half)

Directions:

Heat a large skillet on low heat and add half of the butter. Lay the slices of bread in the pan and let toast until the bottom sides are a golden color. Then remove the toast from the pan on to a plate for just a moment. Add the remaining butter in the pan. Sprinkle the garlic powder on the butter and stir together. Add the bread back in the pan with the untoasted side down. Top each piece of bread with the cheese. Top only 2 slices of the bread with the artichoke hearts. Carefully turn over the non-artichoke slices of bread on top of the bread with the artichokes on it to make a sandwich. Continue to cook until the cheese melts. Be careful that the bread doesn't get too brown on the bottom. Turn the heat down if needed. Serve while hot.

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