Grilled cheese series: sourdough shallot and thyme

Welcome back to the grilled cheese series!

This sandwich, although part of a summer series, could be made year-round.  At the grilled cheese party in question, I made two savory sandwiches and two sweet, using in-season ingredients:

Here’s a “lesson learned” from this process: Jarlsberg is delicious, but it will put up a fight if you try to melt it in a sandwich!  Instead, for next time I might say try Gruyère, Havarti, Monterrey jack, etc.  I switched to mont. jack midway through and just straight up ate the Jarlsberg.

Through trial and error, I found a good way to make grilled cheese for a crowd.  You grill the bread slices individually, lay them grilled side down on a baking sheet with cheese on both slices, bake them later on when the time comes, then press together to form the sandwich.

Just because I did it last time, here’s your wine idea – go Riesling with this sandwich.  Why?  Not sure, I just like the idea.  I’m really not that fancy.

On the real tip, if you really want to use the Jarlsberg, you’re going to have to just about light that sandwich on fire…

716umbqgwbl-_sl1083_♫ Music Pairing: Fire ♫

I’ll never get tired of this 1974 single from the Ohio Players’ album of the same name. Dig it.


  • Plenty of butter
  • Sourdough bread
  • 4 oz. gruyère, havarti, or monterrey jack cheese (per sandwich)
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped (or not so finely; it’s your sammich)
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme; dried is also fine.


  1. In a pan over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter.  When it begins to foam, sautée shallots and thyme until shallots are softened.  Or, if you’re feeling really fancy, caramelized.
  2. Meanwhile, in a grill pan (or regular skillet, if you don’t care about grill marks), butter one side of each slice, and grill that.  Remove once bread is well grilled.
  3. Lay slice #1 grilled-side down on a baking sheet, then layer your cheese, and spoon some shallot/thyme mixture over it.
  4. Lay slice #2 grilled-side down on a baking sheet, and add cheese.  Later you’ll press the two together.  See what I did there?  Cheese on both sides.
  5. Once you’ve assembled them all, put them in a 400 degree oven until cheese is melted and bread is crispy on the outside.
  6. Slice in half and enjoy.

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