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Rainy Day Comfort–Grilled Artichoke-Gouda Sandwich

Written January 28, 2008

Sunshine is a state of mind when it’s been raining for days. Despite the constant drizzle, I decided it was time for a break from the office and headed to downtown Sausalito for a walk along the bay. Across the water, San Francisco emerged from the gray mist like a mystical city and I felt at peace in this beautiful place.

As the water sloshed up against the rocks, I spotted a large puddle and couldn’t resist jumping right in. What fun! Who says you have to be three to play in the rain? Behind me, someone yelled “Wahoo — go for it!” 

And just like a kid who’s been playing outside, I came home hungry, craving my favorite grilled cheese sandwich. Mine’s made with marinated artichokes, gouda cheese, and thousand island dressing. I flat-out love the complex flavors of this simple sandwich — and it’s so easy to make. 

Grilled Artichoke-Gouda Sandwich

1 recipe Thousand Island Dressing (Homemade provides superb flavor but you can substitute bottled dressing in a pinch)

2 slices country-style bread

2 ounces gouda cheese, grated or thinly sliced

3-4 marinated artichoke heart halves, drained

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Spread the Thousand Island dressing on the inside of both pieces of bread.
  2. Place half the cheese on the inside of one piece of bread.
  3. Fan the artichokes and place them evenly on top of the cheese.
  4. Top with the remaining cheese and cover with the second slice of bread. Press the sandwich together with a firm hand.
  5. Place the butter and olive oil in a grill pan or skillet set over medium-high heat. When the fat begins to sizzle, add the sandwich and grill until the bread turns golden brown. Flip and grill the other side until the cheese melts and the sandwich is heated through.
  6. Serve immediately.