Fruit IN Grilled Cheese Sandwiches… What?! [RECIPE]
Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend. Around the noob kitchen we were making Baltimore Crab Cakes with my mom and the following morning I attempted at making patriotic pancakes by dying half of them blue, and the other half red. I say attempted because despite putting, what I thought was a reasonable amount of dye in the pancake mix, the red turned out pink and the blue turned out baby blue. My daughter laughed and said they should be called “baby shower” pancakes. lol. So there ya go! We made baby shower pancakes, and these grilled cheese sandwiches.
This recipe was one that kept sticking in my mind, mostly because it’s weird. Now I’m all for weird, but this was really weird Picture this: perfectly toasted bread, lightly buttered, with ooey, gooey white Cheddar cheese inside…. with strawberries and blueberries cooked into it too! 😮 ! Weird, right?! At first glance I thought, “now why would anyone do that??”. I absolutely love blueberries and strawberries, but inside a grilled cheese sandwich? Yet, the thought still remained. What IF it tasted good? What if somehow the flavor combination actually worked? If I don’t cook it, I’ll never know, right?
So that night on 4th of July I announced that for dinner we would be having red, white, and blue grilled cheese sandwiches. My family was intrigued. Mr. Noob Chef helped broil the sandwiches before flipping both pieces together. In the original recipe, courtesy of Jerry James Stone, the strawberries and blueberries are sauteed separately in sugar and olive oil respectively, before being added to the cheese. But for time’s sake, and the fact that I didn’t want sugar and olive oil in my sandwich, we simply sliced up the fruit and in it went.
Drum roll please….
It tastes AMAZING!!! Y’all I’m not even kidding! Who knew that berries in a grilled cheese would work?! I suppose it makes some sense because I’ve eaten fruit and cheese on platters before. But now my daughter wants berries in her grilled cheese every single time. (Parenting win!). So give this fun recipe a try and see if you like it too. Keep smiling everyone and let’s get cooking! ❤
Strawberry & Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- 10 strawberries
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ⅔ cup blueberries
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Sprigs oregano
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup White Cheddar, shredded
- 4 Slices bread
- ½ tablespoon butter
- Cut the 10 strawberries into cubes (this should be about 1 cup). By the way, did you know that strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside?
2. Add the strawberries, tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar to a small frying pan and warm it over a medium high heat. Stirring frequently, cook for about 5 minutes until the strawberries just begin to break down and lose their structure. Remove them from the heat to cool.
NOTE: Want to know the difference between balsamic vinegar and white balsamic vinegar? Balsamic vinegar is made from sweet, white Trebbiano grape pressings (called “must”) that are simmered for hours until they caramelize and become thick. That syrup is then aged for character. Authentic balsamic is aged for no less than 12 years. White balsamic is cooked at high pressure to prevent caramelization, giving the vinegar a golden color and gentler flavor and is only aged for one year.
3. Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium-low heat then add in the 3 sprigs of oregano and the pinch of salt. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add in the blueberries, pan frying them until the pan is covered with specks of indigo. This means the berries are cooked.
4. Place four slices of bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover two slices with the strawberry compote. Cover the other slices with blueberries. You don’t want the olive oil or oregano, just the berries.
5. Divide the sharp white cheddar cheese amongst the four slices, stealing a few bits for yourself here and there. I mean, c’mon…you do all the work, you deserve some cheese!
6. Turn the broiler on high and then place the baking sheet in there. Be careful, you don’t want to burn them. Cook it just long enough for the cheese to melt, about a minute.
7. While that is taking place, melt the tablespoon of butter in a cast iron skillet over a medium-low heat.
8. When the cheese has melted, remove the baking sheet and carefully build the sandwiches, placing a strawberry-covered slice on top of the blueberry one. Turn up the heat on the cast iron skillet to medium-high and then transfer the sandwiches to the pan. Fry until golden brown on each side.