Saturday morning, I got up early (for me!) and biked over to the Farmer’s Market.  I knew I wanted to make something using ingredients from the market, but for the first time, I went in blindly.  Generally I have some kind of idea of what I want to make, but this morning I had absolutely no clue.  I wandered around the market for a little, tasting samples and waiting to be inspired.  Finally, I ran across a stand with a ton of corn, and knew exactly what I wanted to do.

beautiful corn!

I recently went to one of my favorite restaurants, called Lucca, and had an absolutely delicious bruschetta with charred corn, red pepper flakes, and burratta.  It was incredible, and as soon as I saw the corn at the market I knew I wanted to do something similar (but not close to identical).  Armed with my corn, I retraced my steps, stopping at an amazing stand selling all kinds of gouda.  I picked up the mild gouda, and stopped off at Village Bakery’s stand to get a loaf of ciabatta, and the stand next door to get some beautiful onions with the stems attached (aka green onions).  I was SO inspired, I couldn’t wait to get home and get to work in the kitchen.

so flavorful!

I chose to make a sort of green onion pesto for the sandwich with the green part of the onion I picked up, and it turned out very good, if a little strong.  I added some arugula to balance out the oniony taste, and it was a good choice.  The gouda was SO good and I am eager to try the other flavors that were available at the stand – garlic, smoked, and mustard, among others.  The star of this dish however was the corn.  So simply delicious and fresh, the flavor was only enhanced by a quick broil in the oven.  I will probably never buy frozen corn again.

love me some cheese

Everything is very subjective in this recipe, depending on how much of each ingredient you like (more cheese, more corn, more pesto, whatever), so this recipe is really only  guideline! Dare I say it I might have used slightly too much cheese, so be judicious with the gouda – you don’t want it to compete with the flavor of the corn.

Charred Corn and Gouda Grilled Cheese 

Makes 4 little sandwiches (warning: these suckers are filling!) 

  • two ears of corn, husked
  • 1 loaf good ciabatta bread (if you are in the Davis area, I cannot recommend Village Bakery enough)
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • handful arugula
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more to coat the corn
  • 1 wedge gouda cheese of your choice
  • 1 pat of butter for each slice of bread you are using, plus about 2 tablespoons for grilling the sandwiches
Start by preheating your broiler.  When it is ready, toss the corn (coated in a little olive oil) under it for about 12 minutes, rotating it halfway through.  When the corn is a little charred, take it out to cool.

never going back to regular corn again

Next, slice your bread into nice, thick slices – 8 of them.


Time to make your green onion spread!  Throw your green onions in a food processor with some garlic, the arugula, the red pepper flakes, and about 1/2 cup shredded gouda.  Pulse it for awhile until blended, then slowly stream in the olive oil while the food processor is running.  Blend until combined.

love fresh green onions

Put a VERY TINY pat of butter on each slice of bread (you won’t need much at all, and this step is really probably optional), then cover each slice with some of the green onion spread.  Add some cheese to each piece of bread.

Your corn should be cool by now, so cut the kernels off the cob, then put the kernels on four of the bread slices.

the corn is soooo good trust me

Assemble your sandwiches by placing a kernel-less slice of bread on top of a slice that has corn on it.  Get a pan nice and hot, melt a little butter into the pan, and place your sandwiches in the pan.  Grill the bread in the pan until the cheese in nice and melty and the bread is toasty, flipping half way through.

absolutely amazing sandwich

Cut the sandwiches into halves, and dig in!


24 responses »

  1. briarrose says:

    Now that is a grilled cheese packed with flavor. Lovely.

  2. Oh MY!!! I would never had put that together, but now that I see it I really want to try it. Nicely done!!

    • mandybeck says:

      You really should! All the flavors worked so well together…although you can’t really go wrong putting anything in between some toasty bread and cheese 🙂

  3. Carolyn says:

    Yum, wow, I just love this idea! I go to our farmer’s market with absolutely no idea of what to do with any of the produce, but I always get inspired once I see it.

    • mandybeck says:

      From now on, that’s the only way I’m doing it. There’s just so much to be inspired by at the market, plus the free samples don’t hurt 🙂

  4. tiffany says:

    What a great sandwich! Perfect for summer!

  5. Ann says:

    Oh. My. Goodness! That is incredible! You should go to the market blindly each week and make a “blind market dish”. If they’re anything like this…absolutely incredible!

  6. Katie says:

    What a pretty and unique sandwich! This is right up my alley, so I’m bookmarking it. 🙂

  7. Mmmmm! With toasted bread and cheese you cannot go wrong (in my book, anyway!)! Add in the fact that you’re using gouda and the charred corn and this is a winner! Looks deeee-licious!

    Mandy, thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I’m looking forward to checking out more of your recipes!

  8. mandybeck says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog, Laurie! I completely agree that you can’t go wrong with toasted bread and cheese – its a great way to sneak in some veggies (although I’m sure they probably get cancelled out by the ooozy gouda!). I’m also looking forward to checking out some good reads and good foods at your blog!

  9. Wow! This sounds like such a great sandwich! Love the idea!

  10. LOVE this idea! Now I have the perfect use for the leftover gouda hanging out in my fridge.

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  12. Nancy says:

    I can’t wait to try this and have my persnickity son taste it…I know i will love it!!

  13. Grammie says:

    Mandy, my chickie, Make this sandwich for me sometime. Sounds yummmmmmy!

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