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Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese SandwichThis Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich is my current favorite recipe for fall lunch. Pears and sharp cheddar are perfect together!

Lazy Lunches

Simple fall lunches—this is what I am in desperate need of right now. I’ve gotten bored of just about every single one of my go-to lunchtime options, so when noon rolls around, I find myself standing in front of the pantry, contemplating what I can do with lentils or jasmine rice. And then I just give up and have a handful of potato chips and some olives. (This is the point where you mentally insert a sad trombone sound.)

Even though I blog about cooking, I really don’t like making big elaborate lunches. When I made pasta for myself two weeks ago, that was kind of a huge deal to me. I made pasta—for lunch! So I’ve been seeking out some easy, seasonal lunch ideas and I just happened to find a good one on Panini Happy: Granola-Crusted Pear and Almond Butter Panini. Being lazy about lunches, I didn’t do the granola-crusting (and I know I’m missing out, I’m sure of it!), but the pear and almond butter on a sandwich was delicious!

Bread for Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled CheeseAbout the Recipe

One of my favorite fall snacks is pear slices topped with a little bit of cheese, so I decided that this would make a good sandwich too. And thus the Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich was born! Oh fine, I’m sure other people have done it many times before, but it’s new to me.

Since I’m forever counting calories, I used only an ounce of cheese on each sandwich so it’s not one of those super gooey oozy grilled cheeses that get so much love on Pinterest. But I’m okay with that. Y’all can put more cheese on the sandwich if that’s how you do.


Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Pears, cheddar cheese, and a good hearty bread—hello, fall lunch!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2


  • 1 ripe pear, cored and sliced
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced or shredded (use 4 oz. for extra cheesy sandwiches)
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 slices hearty bread (I used Sprouted Wheat & Sunflower Seed)


  1. Heat a griddle or skillet on medium-high heat. Butter two slices of bread on one side; place buttered side down onto the skillet.
  2. Top bread with pear slices and cheese—put a little cheese on the bread first, then the pears, then the remaining cheese. Butter remaining bread slices and place them on top of the sandwiches, butter side up.
  3. Cook until bottom of sandwich is browned, 3-5 minutes. Flip over and cook 3-5 minutes more.


  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    September 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Mmm, this looks good! I’m not a big pear person on their own but I’m betting the cheese and bread will break up my texture issue with this. I can’t wait until the 80+ degree days are gone so I can firmly settle into full Fall frenzy. (Still didn’t stop me from making chili yesterday!)

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      September 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Yesterday was in the 80s and it completely felt like fall to me. At least in comparison with the temperatures we’ve been having lately!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    September 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I can absolutely see how those two flavors would work deliciously together. I MUST try this!

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    [email protected]
    September 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Lovely! Much better than eating in the pantry with potato chips. Although, there is something appealing about that too. 😉

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      September 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      It brings back memories of college, so there’s that!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    September 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’ve been on a cheddar and apple kick recently, so I love this slight switch up!

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    September 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

    That looks so good!

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    September 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Looks awesome! I used to do this with Apple slices and Edam but this looks better 🙂

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      September 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      I have apples & cheese constantly in the fall. I am so glad local apples are in season again!

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    Dee @ Cocktails with Mom
    September 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Ironically, I’ve never tried the cheddar and pear combo before and they are two of my favorites.

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    September 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I’ve never tried pear and cheddar in a sandwich before – on my list to try as soon as I get my hands on some pears.

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    September 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I never thought of combining pear and cheese in a grilled sandwich. It looks so good!

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    September 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    One of the best panini I ever had was brie and green apple, so I can imagine that cheddar and pear would be awesome!

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    September 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I never thought about using pear and cheddar together – I would even it them together without the bread =).

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    Mary Beth Elderton
    September 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    This may become my new favorite grilled cheese!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    September 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Ooh, ooh, ooh! First, I see what kind of cheese that is and it’s one of my favs! And Yum x 10. I am loving this recipe.

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    Brenda Williams
    September 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Good combo…love the looks of this sandwich.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    September 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Pear and sharp Cheddar…my mouth is watering.
    I need one now!

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    September 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I never make elaborate lunches either – if I’m at home for lunch then I usually want something that comes together quickly before I get too hungry!
    I’ve made pear and brie grilled cheese sandwiches before and loved the combination. I never would have thought of using cheddar, but I guess if apple and cheddar work together well, then pear should too!

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      September 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      I have pears and cheddar as a snack all the time. The first time I had them together was at a cheese store, and then I was hooked. 🙂

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    September 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    this is definitely a combo I wouldn’t have thought of but it looks so yummy!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    September 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I love pear in sandwiches! Esp with a little bit of honey. And is that a beer with it? Even better! 🙂

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      September 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      YES! I won’t let Chris drink that bottle because I keep using it in my photos–ha! I think it may be time to retire it though because people are start to recognize it. 🙂

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    Tina @ More Please Recipes
    September 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

    This sandwich looks delish! Any chance you’d be interested in giving us the recipe for what looks like homemade potato chips? Are they? These are one of my absolute favorite snacks too!

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      September 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      It’s pretty much the same recipe as my Sriracha Potato Chips, except instead of mixing the oil with sriracha, I sprinkled the chips with chipotle-flavored salt. Oh, and I totally overcooked them. But I wouldn’t recommend that. 🙂

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    September 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I have never tried pear and cheese together but this sounds like it really might work! This just screams fall and looks like a hearty sandwich for lunch!

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    September 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’m letting a grilled cheese brown in the pan as I type this, scouring my cupboards and fridge for a snack. Sure wish I had some pears to throw on, so I’ll have to pick some up soon. LOL about the sandwiches that get love on Pinterest.

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      September 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

      I swear some of those sandwiches on Pinterest are more cheese than bread! It’s a little too much for me. 🙂

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    September 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Yum! I have a very ripe pear that would be perfect in this sandwich. I bet the pear goes well with a sharp cheddar.

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      September 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

      I love sharp cheddar with apples and pears–that is my go-to fall snack!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy
    September 18, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Definitely give that granola crust a try sometime – it’s amazing! Love the thought of pears and sharp cheddar together. 🙂

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      September 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      I definitely will! I need to get more almond butter now, but once I do, that panini will be back in my lunchtime rotation. 🙂

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace
    September 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’ve sure had my share of grilled cheeses with this pregnancy, but never thought to spice it up with pear, which sounds delicious!

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    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin
    November 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog and LOVE your recipes! Can’t wait to make this!

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      November 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      I hope you like it if you make it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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