Do you have a favorite diner meal? Mine's a grilled cheese sandwich,
every time. And I'm talking basic here: American cheese, white bread, paper
cup of slaw on the side, please.
But that doesn't mean that I can't fancy things up every now and
again. And when I do, I go ALL IN!
This grilled cheese? It's beyond. So rich, delicious and
indulgent, and miles above its diner counterpart. We're talking grilled cheese
It starts with roasted strawberries. Have you ever roasted
strawberries? You need to roast some strawberries. Just like veggies, roasting
concentrates the berries' natural juices, making them even sweeter and more
flavorful. They soften a bit in the oven too, making them easier to layer on
I paired these gorgeous berries with some sliced brie and
chopped bittersweet chocolate. A quick run on the stovetop and you've got a
dessert that will blow your guests' minds.
Or just treat yourself one rainy spring afternoon – you deserve
You can follow the recipe below, and then experiment with some
variations. You can eliminate the chocolate and swap in some turkey for a tasty
lunch. Or swap out the chocolate for torn basil or arugula leaves, cut the
sandwiches into bite-size pieces and serve as an appetizer. And of course a
dollop of Nutella would work wonders, too.
I made double the amount of strawberries needed because I love
to have them on hand—and I think you will too. They are lovely spooned over
ice cream or frozen yogurt, swirled into a granola parfait or even as a
topping on some simply grilled chicken breasts. Toss them with a salad, or
serve them with your pancakes or waffles for a next-level breakfast.
Recipe: Roasted Strawberry, Brie and Chocolate Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Yields: 2 sandwiches (can be doubled)
8 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon vanilla
pinch each salt and pepper
4 slices sourdough bread
2 – 3 tablespoons softened butter
4 ounces brie, sliced
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Roast the strawberries: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking
sheet with parchment paper.
Toss the strawberries in a bowl with the sugar, balsamic
vinegar, vanilla, salt and pepper. Place on your prepared baking sheet and bake
for 25 minutes. You want the strawberries softened but not mushy. Let cool
Preheat a large griddle or saute pan over medium heat. Butter
one side of each of the bread slices. Take one slice and place it buttered side
down on your work surface. Top with half the brie, half the chocolate and half
the strawberries. Top with another slice of bread, buttered side up. Repeat
with the remaining ingredients.
Place the sandwiches on your heated pan and cover with a large
lid (or a piece of tin foil). Cook for 3 to 4 minutes (checking occasionally), till golden
brown. Carefully flip and continue cooking till golden brown on the other side.
Remove from pan and serve immediately.