Dec 072012

I have never been much of a breakfast eater. I think this started in my teens, when I had to get up so early to catch the school bus. It wasn’t easy to fit food into my sleep-deprived, pre-dawn daily routine. Now, many years later, I’m more of a coffee for breakfast kind of person. Lately I’ve been taking some vitamin supplements and I need to eat something, whether I want to or not, before taking them or risk having a very upset stomach.

One of my favorite breakfasts is the Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal from Good Life Eats. However, a few days ago I was craving something savory, instead of sweet. I did a quick inventory of the refrigerator and came up with this grilled cheese. Since I used English muffins, instead of sliced bread, it felt more like a breakfast sandwich than a grilled cheese sandwich to me. I thought I had some provolone cheese, but a thorough search didn’t produce any. So Muenster it was. I bet this would be good with mozzarella, too. If you don’t like kalamata olives you could replace them with a bit of finely minced sundried tomatoes, some drained capers or even leave them out and just go with the cheese and red pepper combo.

What is your favorite kind of grilled cheese sandwich?

Muenster & Kalamata Grilled Cheese

1 English muffin, split

4 Kalamata olives, sliced

2 slices of muenster cheese

Sprinkle of Aleppo pepper or red chile flakes

Softened butter or margarine

On one half of the muffin layer one slice of cheese (trimming edges to fit on muffin), olives, a sprinkle of pepper flakes and second slice of cheese. Top with other half of muffin and spread with butter. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Place sandwich, butter side down, in warmed skillet. Spread butter on “naked” muffin half and cook until first side is golden brown. Flip and press down with spatula. Continue cooking until both side are browned and cheese is melted.

This post is for Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.


 December 7, 2012  Posted by  Food, Recipe Tags:

  34 Responses to “Muenster & Kalamata Grilled Cheese”

Comments (34)
  1. I like many varieties of grilled cheese. Some varied ingredients involved ham, sliced fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, hard boiled eggs sliced or pesto.
    Eating breakfast is an important start to the day and it sure does not have to be traditional breakfast fare!

    • You have some great versions. I’m thinking the ham and hard boiled egg sound good together…on an English muffin!

  2. It looks delicious. I love olives and cheese and English muffins! I’m not big on Muenster though. I’d likely use provolone or some other cheese! :)

    • I was hoping to make mine with provolone, but I do love Muenster. It melts so nicely in a grilled cheese or even a quesadilla.

  3. Yes, I forgot to tell you my favorite Grilled Cheese — tomatoes and cheese with bacon!

    • I have never tried tomato on a grilled cheese before. Probably comes from the fact that it’s just in the last few years that I’ve started liking uncooked tomatoes! I’ve spent most of my life picking the tomato slices out of my sandwiches. :)

      • Gosh, I’ve always loved tomato in grilled cheese,even when I didn’t like tomato in salad. LOL
        btw, I think we like the same version of breakfast – coffee

        • The next time I get a fresh tomato I’ll have to try it, thinly sliced, of course.

          Yes, I am terrible about eating breakfast. I guzzle coffee all morning and then I’m starving about mid-morning. End up eating brunch on most days because I can’t wait for lunch time!

  4. We often add mustard to our grilled cheese sandwiches. Some greens are good too, especially spinach or arugula. I’m not a big breakfast eater either. Coffee is just fine for me. Toast with peanut butter was one of my favorites when I had to have something. Now it’s toast and Sunbutter (late-life peanut allergy).

    • My son loves mustard. I’ll have to tell him about adding mustard to grilled cheeses, since that is his cooking specialty right now (he’s 11). This morning I had my coffee breakfast with a side of salted caramel brownie. Yum!

  5. My son would love these, he loves olives, I like chicken, avocado & cheese toasted on muffins :)

    • Your chicken and avocado version would be so good! Maybe add a bit of pico de gallo or salsa to make it southwestern style?

  6. I wouldn’t have thought of this for breakfast but it sounds amazing. I think I need to switch up my breakfast routine now. Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

    • I usually like sweet things for breakfast, but when I was craving something savory this really hit the spot! Hope you like it if you try it.

  7. That looks delicious! My husband makes a cheese and egg sandwich for breakfast some mornings. I usually like my grilled cheese at supper with tomato soup for dipping.

    • There’s just nothing like a grilled cheese and tomato soup. I remember as a child not liking either thing, but when my aunt served them to me together I gobbled them both the sandwich and the soup down!

  8. I’d neer thought to put kalamatas on a grilled cheese, thanks for the idea.

  9. Looks great. Have a super weekend.

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever met a grilled cheese sandwich I didn’t love. I’ve never tried olives in mine, but I will next time!

    • I pretty much agree with you. I have to say, I could probably do without the processed cheese version, LOL!

  11. Breakfast every day, I never miss. Daughter has the same bus issue with a way too early start. I send breakfast with her. This year it’s brownies with extra protein powder and lots of walnuts. I cut the nine inch square pan into nine large brownies and freeze them in baggies> she gets one each morning with her travel cup of tea> fav grilled cheese is made with shredded cheddar we grill them in one of those sandwich presses that seals the sides so nothing comes oozing out>

    • That’s a great idea to put protein powder in the brownies. My kids will eat anything for breakfast if it has chocolate in it, LOL! They can use all of the protein “fuel” they can get.

  12. Grilled cheese sandwiches (all incarnations) are my favorite food. SO YUMMY. This looks like a great combo, and I’m with you on the not being a breakfast person – though if someone else makes it, I’ll eat it!

    • My husband loves making a big Sunday breakfast. While I often turn his sausage, eggs and toast into a sandwich instead of eating them separately, I’m like you and I will eat at those times.

  13. Love grilled cheese in all forms. :) melty gooey yummy

    • I don’t really care for most cheese, cold and straight out of the fridge. A cheese tray is lost on me, BUT melt that cheese and I love it! I know. Weird. :)

  14. I love grilled cheese, I usually end up with plain old fresh sliced deli American cheese with sliced tomatoes and bacon. But yours looks like a delicious combination that I’ll have to try!

    • Another vote for tomato on a grilled cheese. I’m going to have to track down a nice tomato this week and try that!

  15. Oh, I love grilled Muenster and bacon sandwiches. I never thought of olives. Sounds yummy.

  16. Sounds great, I’ll have give it a try!

    Unfortunately, I have to wake up that much earlier to have breakfast… whether I like it or not, I can’t go long without eating something and at work customers usually pile into the shop exactly when I’d sit down to eat my sandwich.

    • Maybe you could try it for some other meal than breakfast? You definitely have to eat when you work retail during the holidays!