Golden Gate Grilled Cheese

With the very cold, very rainy, part snowy-sleeting weather going on outside, comfort food reigns supreme at the moment.  Grilled cheese is always a favorite so the hubby and I went for this kicked-up version of grilled cheese for lunch the other day.

The name of the sandwich caught my eye as we lived for years about 70 miles east of San Francisco. We went there as often as we could (which was never enough).  San Francisco is truly one of the most beautiful cities in America and the food there is always incredible and very much inspired.

The idea of Parmesan on the bread is pure genius and flavoring the butter that cooks the sandwich in the pan…it’s like a Monte Cristo, only better. Of course the Muenster cheese, avocado and turkey made it just over-the-top.  We truly enjoyed it!

Golden Gate Grilled Cheese
From Sunset

2 Tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
4 slices good quality sourdough bread
6 ounces thinly sliced turkey
1 avocado thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 slices Muenster cheese

In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic and chile flakes.  In a medium bowl, whisk egg and milk.  Spread Parmesan on a plate.

In a large frying pan, melt half the seasoned butter over medium heat.  Dip 1 bread slice in egg mixture, coating one side only.  Dip coated side into Parmesan.  Place to one side in frying pan, cheese side down.  Repeat with 1 of remaining bread slices.  Arrange turkey, avocado, cilantro and muenster on slices, dividing evenly.

Dip remaining bread into egg and then Parmesan.  Arrange on sandwiches cheese side up, and cook over medium heat until undersides are crunchy-golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.  Lift sandwiches and add remaining butter to pan; flip and cook until second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more.

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  1. I will say that I’m glad it wasn’t called Frisco Grilled Cheese. That is the biggest pet peeve of my dad’s (62 years and counting in San Francisco!) which has trickled through his DNA to me. :) Otherwise, I love the look of that sandwich.

  2. Jane George 2

    Oh my, its 8 am on the East Coast and I want this now! Thanks for the share.

  3. I’m really trying not to lick my computer screen right now…

  4. larry 5

    That is truely a great looking grilled cheese and like you, I think the parmesan on the outside is genius.

  5. see now this is how a grilled cheese should be done! love it.
    Happy New Year Cath!!

  6. I adore Muenster cheese in a grilled cheese. It has been my preferred since I was a kid

  7. Carla 8

    Oh, I love grilled cheese…

  8. wow, incredible looking grilled cheese!

  9. melissa 10

    What an incredible sandwich. It has almost all my favorite things. Throw in a slice of bacon and the favorite things are complete! If you ask me, grilled cheese should only come on sourdough. yummm

  10. Jeannie 11

    OMG, now I really can’t wait until the sourdough starter I have going on my counter is ready so I can make some fresh sourdough bread and then this sandwich

  11. Lisa 12

    Yummy! I’ll be making this one!

  12. Stephanie 13

    I hate to be the one to say it (of course, that won’t keep me from saying it), but that is not a grilled cheese sandwich. It is a grilled turkey, avocado and cheese sandwich.

    That’s not to say that it doesn’t look totally delicious, and I would gladly jam it into my mouth with the speed of a striking cobra. But it’s not grilled cheese.

  13. Wow! Avocado! Cilantro! Muenster Cheese! Sure wish I could sink my teeth into that sandwich … guess I’ll have to fry one up for myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Lea Ann 15

    I am making this SOON. Great recipe Cathy.

  15. Samigirl 16

    My husband, corgi (dog) and I took a long walk late this am in the snowy, cold Portland weather and came back to make this sandwich for Sun. brunch. What an extravaganza of flavors! My husband LOVED it and it was so easy to make. We only used 1/2 of a large avocado which was plenty. It has a kick so if you are heat sensitive, cut back on the red pepper.

  16. Katie 17

    I made this for a couple of friends who came over the same day you posted it. absolutely delicious. I added tomatoes to the sandwich and served it with tart granny smith apples sprinkled with a tiny but of salt.
    fresh and fun and yummy

    will make it again and again and again.

  17. Kelley 18

    OMG! Made it tonight!! Heaven!!! Will definitly be put into rotation!!

  18. Colleen 19

    Really, can I just move in with you people!!!

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