I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Grilled Ham Gouda Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Tomato Mayo Sandwich

I must warn you that your mouth will be bursting with flavor when you try this sandwich! I found it on my search for recipes made with Gouda cheese here or it's below:
Caramelized Onions:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter   
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish or sweet (Vidalia) onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Tomato Mayonnaise:
1 plum tomato, halved and seeded or 2 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and patted dry
1 tablespoon canola oil (if roasting tomato)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 slices good quality white bread (Pullman loaf) cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gouda cheese
  • Caramelized onions
  • 8 slices prosciutto, sliced about 1/8-inch thick
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Caramelized Onions:
Heat the butter and oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized, season with salt and pepper.
Roasted Tomato Mayonnaise:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the tomato in a small dish or baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until the tomato is very soft and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
2. Put the mayonnaise, tomato, garlic and thyme in a food processor and process until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Scrape into a bowl.

1. Place 4 slices of the bread on a flat surface, divide half of the cheese among the slices. Top the cheese with 2 slices of prosciutto then top the proscuitto with some of the onions and the remaining cheese. Place the 4 remaining slices of bread on top to make four sandwiches. Butter the top of the bread using half of the butter.
2. Preheat a cast iron pan or cast iron griddle over medium heat. Place the sandwiches in the pan, butter-side down (may need to do in batches) and cook until lightly golden brown. Spread the remaining butter on the bread facing up, then flip and continue cooking until the bottom is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Serve with roasted tomato mayonnaise on the side.


I used ham deli instead of proscuitto, normal butter and sundried tomatoes.  I used kaiser rolls. 



  1. This is my idea of a perfect sandwhich and totally something I would order in a restaurant! It sounds absolutely delicious Mari and I'm so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  2. Vanessa yes it is soooo yummy!

  3. Oh man that sounds SO good!! It's definitely goin' in the recipe file!

    Visiting from the Hoo's Got Talent party :)