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Pear, Balsamic Onion and Gouda Sandwich


Sweet pear combines with the caramelly, nutty and buttery flavor of Gouda cheese in this easy-to-make, gourmet-style sandwich.

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Sweet pear combines with tangy balsamic and nutty gouda for this gourmet-style sandwich.

Pear, Balsamic Onion and Gouda Sandwich
Recipe Type: Lunch
Author: Johnson and Wales University 
Serves: 8
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 ounces coconut oil, divided
  • 2 red onions, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 slices whole-grain sandwich bread
  • 4 cups smoked Gouda, grated
  • 2 Red Bartlett pears; halved, cored and thinly sliced
  1. To make balsamic onions: In a medium nonstick skillet, melt 1 ounce coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring often, until onion begins to caramelize. Add vinegar, sugar and black pepper; then simmer until onions are soft and liquid is reduced to a glaze. Set aside.
  2. Building the sandwich: Top a slice of bread with ½ cup cheese, followed with pear slices and balsamic onions. Place second slice on top. Press gently. 
  3. Wipe out skillet used to cook the onions; melt remaining 1 ounce of coconut oil over medium heat. Place two sandwiches in skillet, press gently with spatula, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 2–3 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Flip sandwiches, and again cook until golden brown. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
  5. Transfer sandwiches to plates, cut in half, and serve.


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