Goat Cheese and Apple Grilled Cheese with Honey

Angela Blue

Apple picking has long been a favorite fall pastime in Virginia, and there are plenty of orchards that allow guests to come and choose their own right from the tree, or there are also plenty of fruit stands throughout the state where you can buy them by the bushel or bag. The question is: what do you do with all those apples once you’ve brought them home?

Sure, everyone loves a crisp apple pie, sprinkled with cinnamon, served warm and topped with a heavenly scoop of vanilla ice cream. But perhaps you’d rather take your apples to the savory side.

We’re all a big fan of the classic grilled cheese sandwich, so we decided to mix it up with some fall flair by adding thinly sliced, crisp apples to the mix. Instead of cheddar, we’re using goat cheese, generously spread on honey oat bread. From the first bite of buttery bread, you’ll fall in love with the subtle crunch of walnuts, sweetness of honey and tartness of apples encased in one beautiful autumn-centric sandwich.


Two slices of honey oat bread


Goat cheese (plain)

Apple, thinly sliced


Chopped Walnuts



1. Spread goat cheese on one slice of bread.

2. On the other slice, place apples and top with walnuts. Drizzle with honey.

3. Close the sandwich and butter the outsides of both slices of bread.

4. In a pan, griddle on medium-high heat until the bread is golden brown.

Virginia Wine Lover Goat Cheese and Apple Grilled Cheese

Pair this grown-up grilled cheese with a chilled glass of Doukenie 2013 Riesling, ripe with a fruity nose and very distinguished green apple, white flower and citrus lime flavors and aromas. The finish of this wine is very refreshing and will be a crisp accompaniment to the richness of the goat cheese and sweetness of the honey.

Get the recipe for Virginia Baked Apples.

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