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Ardsallagh Hard Goat's Cheese and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 8 slices of sourdough bread
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 ounces Ardsallagh hard goat's cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise

Special equipment needed:
- Griddle or large skillet
- Spatula
- Chef's knife
- Cutting board

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are caramelized and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

2. Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.

3. Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each slice of bread.

4. Place four slices of bread, butter side down, on the griddle or skillet.

5. Spread a tablespoon of mayonnaise on each slice of bread.

6. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated Ardsallagh hard goat's cheese on top of the mayonnaise.

7. Top the cheese with a spoonful of caramelized onions.

8. Place the remaining four slices of bread on top of the onions, butter side up.

9. Cook the sandwiches on the griddle or skillet until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.

10. Remove the sandwiches from the griddle or skillet and let them cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Medium heat
Serving size:
4 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 670
Fat: 51g
Saturated Fat: 27g
Cholesterol: 120mg
Sodium: 1080mg
Carbohydrates: 32g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 22g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Sourdough bread can be substituted with any other bread of your choice.
- Unsalted butter can be substituted with salted butter.
- Ardsallagh hard goat's cheese can be substituted with any other hard cheese, such as cheddar or gouda.
- Mayonnaise can be substituted with mustard or aioli.

- Add sliced tomatoes or avocado to the sandwich for extra flavor and nutrition.
- Use different types of cheese, such as brie or blue cheese, for a different taste.
- Add cooked bacon or ham to the sandwich for a meaty twist.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to cook the onions slowly over low heat to ensure they caramelize properly.
- Grate the cheese finely for even melting.
- Spread the mayonnaise evenly on the bread to prevent the sandwich from becoming too dry.

Storage instructions:
This sandwich is best served fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the sandwich, place it in a toaster oven or on a griddle until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the sandwich on a wooden cutting board with a side of pickles or chips.

Garnish the sandwich with fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil.

Pair the sandwich with a side salad or soup for a complete meal.

Suggested side dishes:
- Tomato soup
- Caesar salad
- Sweet potato fries

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the cheese is not melting properly, try covering the sandwich with a lid or foil to trap the heat.
- If the bread is burning before the cheese is melted, reduce the heat and cook the sandwich for a longer period of time.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the onions properly to avoid any risk of food poisoning.
- Store the sandwich in the refrigerator if not consumed immediately.

Food history:
Grilled cheese sandwiches have been a popular comfort food in America since the 1920s.

Flavor profiles:
This sandwich has a rich and savory flavor from the caramelized onions and hard goat's cheese.

Serving suggestions:
Serve this sandwich as a quick and easy lunch or dinner option.

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Region: Irish

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Creamy, Sweet, Caramelized, Gooey