Cobb Grilled Cheese and Friday Faves

by heidi on April 12, 2013

Okay, okay, I know. This grilled cheese is much more than just cheese. It’s a cacophony of flavors. Fresh, California-esque flavors packed and stacked into the theme of a grilled cheese sandwich.

Cobb Grilled Cheese |

With Grilled Cheese Month in full swing, completely creative cheese concoctions are popping up all over the web. Which makes coming up with something original not the most original idea.

Case in point: Last week when I posted my Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese I knew from the get go that the ingredient list may not be the most original, but the combination wasn’t something I had recently seen. That is until later that night when I was perusing my Feedly blog feed and BOOM, right there in the popular post column (natch) I saw a version of the same sandwich on Joy’s site from 3 days earlier.

I took comfort in my duplication that at least I was somewhat in the same hemisphere of recipe creation as a doyenne food blogger and hey, there aren’t that many original ideas left in the world. And who cares? Nothing ever comes out the same way twice from the exact same cook anyway. There’s plenty of room for all of us.

Cobb Grilled Cheese |

Cobb Grilled Cheese |

Cobb Grilled Cheese |

Some food bloggers scour the web to see if their recipe ideas have been posted on sites far and wide. I’m not into that. If it’s something I think sounds tasty, I’ll post it. If someone else features the same recipe idea, I’ll consider that fate, fluke or simply a happy accident with the world telling us we need more Spinach and Artichoke Sandwiches. Of which we do.

I don’t know if a Cobb Grilled Cheese has been overdone on the web or not, but it got into my head and wouldn’t leave. What I do know is it’s a flavor buster.

Cobb Grilled Cheese |

Cobb Grilled Cheese |

With layers piled high upon themselves, my Cobb Grilled Cheese might be juuuuust this side of jumping the shark of grilled cheese sandwiches. Some may deem it a stacked sandwich. But given the grace of gooey cheese, I’m easily slating it in the grilled cheese category. And I have nothing but crumbs to prove it.

Cobb Grilled Cheese

Yield: makes 2 sandwiches

Cobb Grilled Cheese


4 slices whole wheat bread
4 tablespoons softened butter
8 ounces aged gouda, grated
1 roasted chicken breast, sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1 hard boiled egg, sliced
4 slices cooked bacon
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles


  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, then stack the two buttered sides together and repeat with the other 2 slices.
  2. Layer top slice of the bread with a handful of gouda then follow with tomato, chicken breast, avocado slices, egg slices, blue cheese crumbles and 2 pieces of bacon then top with another handful of gouda.
  3. Place the ingredient stacked bread, buttered side down, in a non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat and top with the other slice of buttered bread. Cover with lid and let cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasty golden and the cheese has melted. The second side will cook faster than the first so watch carefully. Repeat process with the other sandwich ingredients to make the second grilled cheese. Slice sandwiches in half and enjoy hot.

Do you have a divine grilled cheese just begging to be shared? I’ll be a judge at the 2013 Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown and we’re looking for unique grilled cheese sandwiches to put into our salivating mouths. The grand prize winner will take home a $5,000 prize package. The contest runs now through May 12, 2013. Share your winning cheese sandwich and enter it at the Grilled Cheese Academy website. I’ll bring my elastic waistband skirt.

And now, Friday Faves. Happy weekend.

Friday Faves


1. This past Monday over 200 food bloggers dedicated their posts to bring awareness to the plight of hunger in America in support of In support of Share Our Strength and the new documentary A Place at the Table. Take a minute to give a look at all of the recipes on this dedicated Pinterest board or my contributed post to see a list of all of the participating food bloggers.


2. To complement that thought, Russell has a new infographic out: Eat the Rainbow: Nutrition in Produce. Get it. Eat it. Live it.

3. You know how we all get too caught up in to-do lists, meetings and sometimes lose every ounce of productivity? Check out 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20 and make the most of your day. (via @cookieandkate)


4. Oh, this post by Vanessa…how much more can we love this girl, her bold use of negative space and her gorgeous lighting? And now she’s sharing a behind the scenes post on how she pulls together her meticulously planned photo shoots. And if you missed her post on food photography technical basics, I suggest you remedy that right now.

5. Blog Brunch is a monthly Twitter conversation that covers topics related to blogging that I enjoy checking in on to see what fabulousness I’m missing out on. This month’s topic was about the Work Life Balance with suggestions on how to unplug and live your life outside of social media. The conversation all happened on Twitter. Oh the irony.


6. Kelley’s ears must have felt the out of balance vibe while Blog Brunch was happening because she started analyzing her love/hate relationship with social media and it’s influence over blogging and her family. I’m liking her solution. I also really like her Blueberry Applesauce Cake.


7. Some of these gals have been in my blog feed for a while and the rest are being added toot sweet. And if you aren’t following Megan yet, you should.

8. I am in full spring clean mode, I even have the date of my yard sale set (and am happy to share my wares if you’re interested) but have nary the time to dedicate to a thorough swabbing of the decks. This speed cleaning guide will hopefully get my vacuum vooming.

9. Goodbye muffin top. This diet clocks in at 1,399 calories a day and won’t leave you starving. Craving maybe, but not starving. (via @thelemonbowl)

10. Tweet of the week: “The effect of all this cross-plat digi e-book stuff on trad book pub is that we now have to make more & more beaut books @ruxmartin #IACPSF” via @sarakategr

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Posted in: cheese,friday faves,recipes,sandwiches

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 12, 2013 at 1:53 am

Love your Fri Things. I always find a gem or two or seven links I have to click on! And that sandwich…now that’s a mouthful :) Love the height on that baby!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 12, 2013 at 2:48 am

Gorgeous sandwich! It’s 2AM but I’m sure I could devour that no problem at this hour! Although I should really get on board with that 1400 calorie plan…


heidi April 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

I’m with you lady. It’s all about balance right? That’s why there’s veggies in the sandwich :)


Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 12, 2013 at 3:55 am

Oh yum, this looks like the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

Ooh yes, this is my kind of grilled cheese! So many great resources in this post. I’m going to check out Vanessa’s photography tips right now!


heidi April 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hi Angela, spend some time on Vanessa’s site, she has a lot of great inspiration. Love it when talents like her share the secrets of their talents.


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

I am drooling over the Cobb Sandwich! It looks amazing and is so creative!!


Bev @ Bev Cooks April 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

That grilled cheese just caused me to completely lose my vision. I can barely type this sentence.


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

Loving that post on social media burnout from Kelley! Also drooling over your sandwich – I’ve been craving an avocado blt all week and blue cheese is my favorite!!


Tieghan April 12, 2013 at 6:53 am

This grilled cheese stopped me in my tracks! Avocado and blue cheese are my two favorites!! Very original! Love your friday post, so fun!


Pam April 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

Stacked…Grilled…Whatever! The sandwich looks amazing! I am going to have to make one of those this weekend for sure!


Cassie | Bake Your Day April 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

Mouthwatering sandwich! I love a good grilled cheese and you nailed the flavors with this one!


carrian April 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

grilled cheese, panini, either way this looks all kids of delicious!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

Well, this is a whole new level of grilled cheese! Love it!


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen April 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

With sandwiches like this, I never want Grilled Cheese Month to end!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

I hope you don’t mind that I just drooled all over your photos. Because WHOA, lady, that is some seriously genius/mindblowing/delicious grilled cheese!


heidi April 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

Please, please, drool away. Thanks Stephanie!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

What a sandwich!


Jessica April 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

Holy crap. Cobb grilled cheese? This looks amazing. I kind of want to leave my desk and go home and make this right now. Thank goodness it is almost the weekend!


shelly (cookies and cups) April 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

That sandwich just killed me.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

Wow! Ummm…. Marry me?!?!?! I am so in love with this sandwich creation. Simply glorious!


Becky @ Project Domestication April 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

I always look forward to your Friday posts. And dang, that looks like a great sammy.l


Kiran @ April 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

So glad to be stumbling upon your blog!! I love the grilled cheese, but not blue cheese. Any great sub for that, Heidi? :)


heidi April 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm

What? Not a blue cheese fan? Oh man, I feel for you :) Well, the blue cheese adds a bit of a “bite” to the flavors and that may be what you’re not attracted to. You could try a creamy gorgonzola that will have a mellower “bite” or if you’re simply averse to it altogether go for a fruit enhanced cheese or skip it and savor the gouda.


Julie @ Table for Two April 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

oh my gosh – Heidi. This looks absolutely amazing. I love the flavors and the mashup of styles in this. I think my tastebuds would explode! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. You do sandwich pictures so well.


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Oh my goodess gracious, THAT is a grilled cheese! So scrumptious, Heidi!


Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

That is one really nice looking grilled cheese; and so big!


Annie April 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

you made me a blue cheese believer


Emily April 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

This post makes me realize I have no hope of winning any grilled cheese recipe contest. Like, ever.


Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out April 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I appreciate your attitude on the duplicate recipe happenings. Let there be many grilled cheese sandwiches! I’ll eat them alllllllll.


Nikki @Seeded at the Table April 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love all of the grilled cheese sandwiches you’ve posted over the year! If only I weren’t struggling through my last month of pregnancy, I would love to participate in the contest. :)


Kristen April 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

You know I love your Friday faves… and with a side of this awesome grilled cheese I’d be a happy girl!


Kathryn April 15, 2013 at 3:16 am

I could really go for this sandwich right now.


Cara April 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

This is a grilled cheese after my grilled cheese-loving heart. Thank you for adding this to my life, Heidi.


marla April 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

OMG ~ i gotta share this on FB now. i mean as a late night snack….


vegetable pizza recipe April 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

This is been fantastic stuff. Simple mouthwatering!!!


Eileen April 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

Mama Mia! That sandwich looks like a dream come true. I’m currently doing a mental check to see if I have all of the ingredients to make one :)


Liren April 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Heidi, this sandwich has been haunting me since the moment I laid eyes on it. Incredible!!! I have GOT to make this happen. Tomorrow :)


Kate @Framed Cooks July 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm

All of my favorite flavors in one sandwich – and GRILLED! Be still my heart. And gorgeous pictures too!


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