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Roasted Pepper & Gouda Grilled Cheese

A warm and cheesy Gouda grilled cheese with roasted red bell pepper and a sweet and savory mayonnaise toasty sauce. Perfect with tomato soup!

Roasted Bell Pepper Gouda Grilled Cheese

The Resistance. That little voice in my head that nudges me not to do work or cook or write or change out of my pajamas for three hours after the boyfriend-tulip-man leaves for work. Because “it’s Friday” or “I was productive yesterday” or “I just moved to a new country so I can take a break”.

I thought it was just a me thing, but Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, tells me it’s a work thing. He actually defines The Resistance as “an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” Sound familiar to anyone?

The thing is, once you identify The Resistance in your head, you can stop it. And that’s about where I am now. The first few weeks of me living here in Holland were a combination of me moving in and settling + The Resistance telling me that all of that hustle and bustle warranted me not doing any cooking or creating or running, general Sarah stuff.

Roasted Bell Pepper Gouda Grilled Cheese

But I’m back! I’ve slowly picked up running again, three days a week at o’dark early with a friend of the boyfriend-tulip-man. And I’ve bought an agenda, a cherished commodity for the Type A-ish personality in me.

And best of all, I’ve begun cooking again! But we’re starting off slow with a nice easy gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. But this grilled cheese is super Dutch because it’s packed with Gouda cheese, and super tasty because it’s laced with roasted red bell pepper. It’s also super magical because it’s got a great sidekick: toasty sauce.

Roasted Bell Pepper Gouda Grilled Cheese

The boyfriend-tuip-man and I always have toasties (essentially grilled cheeses) on weekend mornings. He whips up this toasty sauce to go with them, and I just could not bear to deny you the perfection that is toasty sauce. And here it is! Roasted bell pepper & Gouda grilled cheese with toasty sauce.

Roasted Bell Pepper Gouda Grilled Cheese
Roasted Bell Pepper Gouda Grilled Cheese

Roasted Pepper & Gouda Grilled Cheese

A warm and cheesy Gouda grilled cheese with roasted red bell pepper and a sweet and savory mayonnaise toasty sauce. Perfect with tomato soup!
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Course: Main Dishes, Sandwiches and Wraps
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gouda grilled cheese
Diet: Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, Game Day, Halloween
Time: 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 507kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 9 votes


Grilled Cheese
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 pieces thick bread
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • A hefty block of young Gouda cheese 100 g or so, sliced
Toasty Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 15 g
  • 1 Tbsp sweet chili sauce 15 g
  • ½ Tbsp BBQ sauce 7 g
  • Splash of hot sauce optional


  • Place whole bell pepper on a baking sheet (or directly on oven rack with a pan beneath it to catch drips) and roast at 400 degrees F (204 C) for 20 to 30 minutes, rotating occasionally until pepper is blackened and slightly collapsed.
  • When pepper is done, place immediately in a bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside for 10 minutes. This loosens the skin so you can easily peel your pepper. When it’s ready, peel it, remove seeds and stem, and cut into thin strips.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Put it all together! Layer Gouda and roasted pepper strips onto bread, buttered sides facing out, and cook over medium heat in a large skillet or panini press. Cook until outside is lightly browned and crisp. Cut in half or into strips.
  • Mix together all “toasty sauce” ingredients. Dip Gouda grilled cheese into toasty sauce. Magic!


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.3g | Protein: 17.8g | Fat: 29.9g | Sodium: 1058mg | Fiber: 4.3g
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  1. Sarah says:

    I love the War of Art! I’m constantly having to remind myself not to fall prey to the pull of procrastination and making up excuses. Glad you’re fighting back and getting back into the things you love.

    As for the toasties….YUM! Hello, lunch!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Right? Making excuses is always my downfall. Glad to hear I’m not alone! Thanks so much for stopping by, Sarah! 🙂

  2. candy says:

    Roasted peppers are one of my favorite ingredients to use. Simple and delicious.

    1. Sarah says:

      Mine too! They just instantly spruce up any dish! Roasted garlic too 🙂 Actually just anything roasted!

  3. Platter Talk says:

    Thanks for this flavorful and delicious looking grilled cheese sandwich! Love the pepper and the Gouda!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Claudia | Gourmet Project says:

    A friend gave mea good trick: concentrate hard stuff on between tuesdays and thursday and kepp the easy and light stff for mondays and fridays. sometimes it works 🙂 but do cook! I need more of these wonderful grlled cheese recipes!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Good advice! I have an agenda where I have “cooking days” and “get tedious sh*t done days” and it seems to be working well. The cooking days feel like easy days, so my head has time to clear 🙂 Thanks so much for the advice, Claudia!

  5. Rutuja Bhagwat says:

    It looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe, especially the toasty sauce! x

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Rutuja! I’m not sure how I lived without toasty sauce for so many years before moving in with the tulip-man. Happy I could share it with you! 🙂

  6. Jessica Fancy says:

    Your food photography is phenomenal!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Jessica! 🙂

  7. linda spiker says:

    Gouda is my favorite cheese! love this recipe!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Linda! I’m loving it more and more with each recipe I try 🙂 It’s just perfect in everything!

  8. kristen says:

    i LOVE grilled cheese – wow oh wow. This looks so good and with gouda!! my mouth is water! I’m pinning this for later! xx5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha thanks Kristen! Perhaps I should start cooking up more grilled cheeses 🙂 They’re just so perfect for these cold, cozy winter months. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Maggie Unzueta says:

    That looks incredible. Roasted pepper and gouda go so well together.5 stars

  10. Becky @ Disney in your Day says:

    This looks so good! I love grilled cheese and anything with roasted pepper is always good!

  11. Lauren says:

    I want one of these right now! This looks amazing and I pinned so I could just look at the pictures later! ha!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! 🙂

  12. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says:

    I love a good grilled cheese….and gouda works so well…nice and gooey!! The addition of roasted red peppers is perfect!!

  13. Allison - Celebrating Sweets says:

    I’ve never met a grilled cheese that I didn’t like. And toasty sauce? Very interesting. Must try!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes you must! Toasty sauce has become quite an obsession of mine 🙂

  14. Keisha says:

    Looks great

  15. Kari says:

    I love gouda and need to make this grilled cheese soon with my favorite tomato soup!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Yummm this would be so great with warm tomato soup. As I type this my toes and fingers are cold and numb so soup sounds heavenly 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, Kari!

  16. Clare Speer says:

    Looks like my kind of grilled cheese sandwich! I love love roasted peppers – being Italian American from the northeast – we love roasted peppers! Thanks for sharing this!

  17. Tara says:

    Yes, that’s just like me. If I work really hard to meet a deadline, I tend to veg for hours and hours the next day. I thought it was just me too. Gouda is my favorite for a grilled cheese, and that toasty sauce sounds pretty divine. Thanks.

    1. Sarah says:

      Glad to hear I’m not alone then! But nothing a little self-talk and grilled cheese can’t fix 😉

  18. Miss Angie says:

    This looks pretty darn good, and I’d really like to eat that.5 stars

  19. Roxy says:

    This is the best looking grilled cheese I’ve ever seen!1

  20. Ana De- Jesus says:

    What a divine recipe are you a vegetarian? I love roasted pepper with cheese so delectable.

    1. Sarah says:

      For the most part I am! Roasted pepper is one of my most favorite flavors, so smoky and savory and just perfect with everything!