This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer!  This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind “stinky cheese,” avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

The husband has a theory.  He’s convinced that there are two types of people in this world– those who like blue cheese, and those who don’t.  The blue cheese lovers– these people like strong flavors, and have adventurous palates.  Blue cheese haters– well, they don’t.  He is so convinced of this that when we started dating, it was one of his first questions.  “How do you feel about blue cheese?!”  (It’s a good thing I like it, right!?!)  Is he right?   I’m not sure, but I am sure that there are people who are willing to try any new food handed their way.  People who think, “that looks weird– give me a bite!”  If you are an adventurous eater, and love strong flavors– then this Stinky French Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Avocado is for you!  Dig into pumpernickel bread filled with flavorful, and yet pungent, washed rind cheese, along with layers of tomato and avocado.

This French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

Gathering Ingredients

To make this Stinky French Grilled Cheese, first you need to get your hands on some cheese.  Specifically, some stinky washed rind cheese.  These cheeses smell because of the salt-water brine they’re ‘washed’ in, and come in a range of flavors.  For this grilled cheese, I usually buy a French washed rind, like Morbier, Raclette, or St Nectaire.  If you’re feeling extra daring, try Epoisses de Bourgogne– a cheese with such an overwhelming odor, it’s rumored to be banned from the Paris metro!  (This might just be an urban legend, but you get the point– it’s stinky!)  I haven’t, of course, gotten my hands on every possible washed rind cheese, but each time I try this cheesy avocado concoction with a new cheese– it’s been a fantastical, odorous, flavor-palate adventure.

Once you’ve found the perfect cheese, grab an avocado, a tomato, a little butter, and a little sea salt.  You’ll also need pumpernickel bread– you can use dark rye bread instead if you want, but I prefer pumpernickel.  Plus, you get to say “pumpernickel” while you’re cooking, and who can say that without grinning?  “Pumpernickel.”  See?  You’re laughing already.  (Right?)

Making a ‘Stinky’ French Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Once you’ve stopped laughing, mash up half of the avocado, and spread it on a slice of bread.  Sprinkle it with some salt, and add the tomatoes.  The cheese will go on the other slice of bread, and then sandwich it all together.  Grill your sandwich in butter on medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side, and dig in.  Then, go apologize to your upstairs neighbors for your smelly sandwich.   If they want to share your cheesy goodness, you know it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

*Note: If you can’t find a washed rind cheese, or don’t want to find a washed rind cheese, but still love the idea of avocado on your grilled cheese– I also recommend making this sandwich with a sharp white cheddar.

Are you ready for more food adventures?  Try this:

Lemon Pepper Octopus

Lemon Pepper Octopus

 

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!
5 from 4 votes
Print

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

Makes 1 Sandwich
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 1 TB butter, divided
  • 2 slices dark pumpernickel bread (or substitute dark rye)
  • ~2 oz "stinky" washed-rind cheese, sliced (such as the French St Nectaire, Raclette, or Morbier)
  • ~1/2 avocado
  • 2-3 slices of fresh tomato
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat a small pan (non-stick or cast iron) on medium heat with half the butter.
  2. Prepare the bread by layering the cheese slices over one piece of bread. Smash the avocado in a bowl with a fork, and then scoop onto the other piece of bread. Sprinkle the avocado with a pinch of sea salt. Top avocado with tomato slices.

  3. Assemble sandwich, and set into hot pan with melted butter. Cook 3-4 minutes, and then flip. Add remaining butter. Cook sandwich another 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

  4. Serve immediately.

 

 

14 thoughts on “Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

  1. Meg | Meg is Well says:

    This post title made me laugh out loud when I saw it in my inbox. I’m a stinky cheese lover but haven’t tried any washed rind cheese and I’ve never heard of any of those. Can’t wait to check them off my list though! I hope my grocery store has them. And asking a first date if they like blue cheese seems like a good way to start a solid relationship.

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Hehehe- glad I can keep you entertained 😉 Hey, try it with any pungent cheese lol!
      (And right!?! They should add that to those ‘dating question’ lists hahaha)

  2. Lisa | Garlic & Zest says:

    The stinkier the better! My brother once brought a cheese to Christmas dinner that smelled (and tasted) like an old shoe — but when you had it with a sip of wine, it was ethereal! I am all about this sandwich!

  3. Suchi @elegantmeraki says:

    Hmm I still have to get used to a stinkier cheese like Brie. Hope I can fight my fears and be brave sometime soon!! BTW I threw a whole block of cheese my husband got from some fancy cheese shop, only later I found out that it was supposed to smell like that!!

  4. Sarah says:

    “Give him the high, stinky cheese!” is one of the best lines from Rookie of The Year…one of my favorite movies ever…and now every time I hear that line I’ll think of this sandwich…that looks AMAZING! XO

  5. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery says:

    I would not get along with your husband! 😉 I love all cuisines, will try anything once – but I just don’t get the blue cheese craze. I don’t hate it and it doesn’t gross me out, but I don’t like it enough to want to spend my ‘cheese calories’ on it. Stinky cheeses just don’t wow me!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *