Craving > Sweet Pear and Rosemary Honey with Havarti Grilled Cheese

by heidi on April 17, 2012

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. They’re not just for lunch anymore…and National Grilled Cheese Month continues.

This past weekend was a rainy one, where the clouds hugged the mountains and raindrops fell in sideways sheaths thanks to the whipping wind and fast moving storm. There is pretty much nothing I like better than a rainstorm, except for a thunderstorm. Or an epic snowstorm. Cocooning. That’s my idea of a good day.

With Smudge’s soccer game cancelled we had an unexpected opportunity to slow down from our regular weekend schedule filled with postponed errands, playdates and soccer games. Yep, the life of a parent is rarely your own. But its pretty damn awesome.

It was too wet to wander out for brunch, so we were definitely eating at home. And what did Smudge request? Grilled cheese. I don’t know why I was surprised—what kid doesn’t request grilled cheese as their go-to meal? But for breakfast?

I thought I’d challenge her one-mindedness and throw her taste buds for a loop by making her a sweetened griller. I pulled out some challah I’d bought in hopes of making a baked french toast that never happened (why does this seem to happen more often than not?) sliced it thick and layered raspberry jam and a rosemary honey for tang. Add to that a few fresh slices of pear—of which few were left thanks to my snacking Smudge—and layered it with creamy Havarti cheese slices.

Oh but that’s not all. Then it was time for dipping. As in monte cristo style. Dip it in egg, fry it up in a pan and wham bam, grilled cheese you’ll thank me ma’am.

Happily she munched, contentedly I sat and watched. That was my sweet treat and I couldn’t have been more happy she’d requested another grilled cheese sandwich.

Sweet Pear and Rosemary Honey with Havarti Grilled Cheese

Sweet Pear and Rosemary Honey with Havarti Grilled Cheese


3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
8 slices challah bread or brioche
2 tablespoons raspberry or strawberry jam
8 slices fresh pear
16 slices Havarti cheese
1 egg, whisked
1 tablespoon milk


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add honey and rosemary and stir until blended. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. On each slice of 4 slices of bread layer 1/2 tablespoon raspberry jam, 1 slice of cheese and 2 slices pear. Drizzle with honey and top with 1 more slice of cheese and remaining bread slices.
  3. Heat a skillet on medium and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk together. Dip composed sandwiches in egg mixture, add to skillet two sandwiches at a time and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until bread becomes golden and cheese starts to melt. Flip sandwich once and cook until cheese melts and bread becomes golden, another 3-4 minutes. Repeat with additional sandwiches. Cut in half and serve hot.

Craving grilled cheese lunch, dinner or anytime? Do yourself a favor and try one of my other Grilled Cheese Month creations. Gooalicious.
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Slow Roasted Pork Belly Sliders
A Tale of Two Egg Salad Sandwiches
One Pot Recipes for Sloppy Joes


Posted in: breakfast and brunch,recipes,sandwiches,vegetables and fruits

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 17, 2012 at 1:49 am

Honey, pear, jam/jelly, havarti… you have me at each and every ingredient.

And then, pair them all together, wow. This is screaming my name right now!


Emily April 17, 2012 at 2:23 am

YUM! It’s 2am and I’m craving a grilled cheese–thanks a lot!


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau April 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

It’s ooey, gooey, thick, and golden and PERFECT! I wonder if my husband would mind if I ran off with it?


Julia {The Roasted Root} April 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

All of your grilled cheeses look delicious! I am dying to try the pear and havarti – Crunchy, salty sweet combos make me go bonkers and this sandwich looks like it has all sorts of great flavors. I didn’t know it was grilled cheese month – A grilled cheese a day sounds a-okay to me!


kelley April 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

Good Lord, lady, this looks insane. I will always be a sucker for anything salty-sweet ESPECIALLY when it involves melty Havarti. Yum scrum!!


Bev Weidner April 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

I am LOVING your grilled cheese posts. Every time you post a new one I’m like, okay…how does she do it? Then I get mad. Then I get happy again because I’m looking at the MOST GORGEOUS THING EVAR.


Wendy@chezchloe April 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

Oh my god… you are killing me with these sandwiches. I’m ready to open up a grilled cheese food truck. Start traveling around selling outrageous grilled cheese. Hey that’s not a bad idea. But I’m sure someone’s done it.


Deborah April 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

I seriously love everything about this. And since it happens to be raining again today, today sounds like a wonderful day for one!!


Kristen April 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Are you kidding me? This is the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich, ever. Plus, sandwiches are so hard to take awesome pics of… you nail it, each time! Teach me! :)


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

Brillant idea! I’m drooling.


Cassie April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

Loving all of this grilled cheese action you have going on, Heidi. Havarti + pear = rockstar combo!


Jennifer | Mother Thyme April 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

Another fabulous grilled cheese recipe adding to my list! This looks so good! :)


Saksham Talwar April 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

Now this grilled cheese looks awesome. It’s around 1am here and can you believe me, I want this grilled cheese right now! Just yummy! :)


Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake April 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

Wow. This needs to get into my stomach pronto. Pears on grilled cheese?! Swoon :D


marla April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’ll put in a request for 5. Love this grilled cheese!! and your little NGCM logo too :)


Cookin' Canuck April 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Smudge has her food priorities straight, that’s for certain. I love the sweet and savory combo of this gorgeous grilled cheese.


Blog is the New Black April 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Love the unexpected flavors!


Cookie and Kate April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

This grilled cheese just put my breakfast to shame. I want this in my belly instead!!!


cakebrain April 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Oh yes! this looks amazing! Love your pics…they’re so drool-worthy!


Normal Food For Normal People April 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Havarti on grilled cheese is the best!!! And pairing it with pear (no pun intended) is sounding so good right now!


Denise April 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I’m on a real grilled cheese kick lately and I’m afraid that it won’t end soon after seeing this post. Man, this makes me drool. Love that combination of pear, rosemary honey and grilled cheese. Need to make this!


LP April 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I absolutely love grilled cheese. That looks like a unique recipe. It would go great with this


Rachel @ Bakerita April 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Drooling! Oh man, can this be today’s lunch? It looks so good and so unique. I love fruits in my grilled cheeses…mmm. Delish!!


Debra April 24, 2012 at 5:38 am

There are few meals in my life that once I light upon them become an obsession. The humble grilled cheese is that sandwich.

No matter what form, no matter what level of haute- or low-brow cuisine, the cheese a la grillé is a magnet that won’t let me go. And I am totally okay with that.

The beauty of any grilled cheese is the multitude of limitless combinations to create gooeywiches. Any kind of cheese from stinky French milks to hard aged cheddars will match with humble potato bread or artisan sourdoughs. Throw in an infinite number of add-ins and there you have an enviable sandwich.


Melissa // thefauxmartha April 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I lurve you cheese art!


Melissa // thefauxmartha April 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I lurve your cheese art!


Jeff David June 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

Love your site. I consider myself a Divine Foodie; my wife refers to me as a Food Snob. Your Sweet Pear with Honey and Havarti Grilled Cheese really caught my eye. I just did an Apple Havarti Sandwich:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful Food with us.



Sarah June 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

So I’m two years late to the party, but I figured I’d toss in my comment. First, I’m confused because you say 16 slices of cheese but only use two each for four sandwiches.Also, my honey burned terribly. It turned almost black, I burned my finger trying to taste it, and when it cooled, it became a solid mass in the pan. How on earth did you cook yours for half an hour without this happening? Mine was burned in twenty minutes.


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