Gouda with Bacon Pecan Honey Coating
(Chef Jason Sobocinski)


  • 3/4 lb of Aged Gouda
  • 2 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 4 crisped strips of bacon
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 4 tablespoons of crushed roasted pecans
  • 8 slices of hearty multigrain bread


  1. In the bowl of a mixer affixed with the paddle attachment combine the shredded gouda, cream cheese and fresh coarsely cracked black pepper.
  2. Once the mixture is nicely combined spread an equal amount on 4 pieces of the multigrain flax bread and top with remaining slices of bread to make 4 sandwiches.
  3. Melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat until foaming and griddle the 4 sandwiches until nicely crisped and browned on each side, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the sandwiches onto a sheet pan with a wire rack and into the preheated oven.
  5. Using the same pan pour in the honey and heat until very thin.
  6. Add the bacon bits and crushed roasted pecans and stir to combine.
  7. To serve spoon an equal amount of the honey bacon pecan mixture atop each grilled cheese and eat with a fork and knife.