If you're looking for unique, festive, Fall-themed food, then look no further. This spiked pumpkin pie grilled cheese with tangy goat cheese is the perfect treat for the holiday season! Made with slow cooker pumpkin butter, tangy goat cheese, crunchy candied nuts, and hearty, buttery toasted bread, this sandwich can be served as lunch, dinner or dessert.
This homemade pumpkin butter is utterly simple to make. Just mix the ingredients, put it in the slow cooker while occasionally stirring until a rich, thick velvety butter develops.
And if you don't want to spend time making the pumpkin butter, just check out your local grocer or specialty food store during the holiday season. Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and many more national chains typically carry it during the holiday season.
Looking to make things even more interesting? Try making the sandwich on cinnamon swirl bread.
Don't do alcohol? No worries, you can simply swap it out for 1/2 cup apple juice and enjoy!
- For the Pumpkin Butter:
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 shot whiskey (or spiced rum)
- Spiked Pumpkin Pie Grilled Cheese:
- 2 slices bread (hearty)
- 3 tablespoon soft goat cheese (divided)
- 2 tablespoon pumpkin butter
- 1 tablespoon candied nuts
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this pumpkin grilled cheese is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Make the Pumpkin Butter
Gather the ingredients.
Spray crockpot with nonstick spray.
Combine all pumpkin butter ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth.
Pour the mixed ingredients into the crockpot and turn the crockpot on to high heat with the lid.
Let the pumpkin butter cook for at least 2 hours, or up to a maximum of 4 hours. Try to stir and scrape the sides every hour or so, this way the mixture does not stick to the crockpot. When it's done, it will be thick and creamy. If it needs some added richness, feel free to stir actual butter into the mixture.
When it has thickened and become creamy, remove from heat, allow to cool, and then store in an airtight jar with a fastened lid.
Spiked Pumpkin Pie Grilled Cheese
Gather the ingredients.
Begin by smearing, or crumbling, the goat cheese onto one slice of bread.
Place the pumpkin butter on top and sprinkle it with the candied nuts.
Add the rest of the goat cheese to the other slice of bread and place it on top.
Smear butter onto the exterior of the sandwich and place it in a cast-iron skillet or a panini press. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook until the crust is golden and the goat cheese has softened and is warm in the middle. Make sure to flip if needed.
Once the sandwich is done, remove from heat and let the sandwich sit for a minute to help thicken the ingredients back up.
Cut it in half and serve immediately.