Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

by Kate on August 29, 2013

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August 29th. I look at this date with a bit of melancholy. This date means summer is nearly over. I know technically September 22nd marks the first day of autumn but really, once that calendar flips to September 1st, my mind is out of summer mode. This Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese feels like summer’s last hurrah to me. Even though a feel a little sad, autumn is my favorite season so I know that I’ll quickly switch gears to thoughts of apples, pumpkin and squash.

As I start to plunge into flavors of the new season I’ll be happy I stowed away a little burst of summer’s bounty. Remember that Balsamic Strawberry Jam I shared with you earlier this week? That’s going to be my little ray of sunshine as cooler weather approaches. I have a few jars hidden that I won’t open until the winter arrives and I really need a special treat. But this week I used a bit to create this unique spin on a grilled cheese sandwich. I love making different grilled cheese sandwiches, like 4 Cheese Italian Caprese Grilled Cheese but this particular sandwich had inspiration elsewhere.

One of my favorite things to make are Baked Brie Bites. Warm, melty brie with jam inside golden, flaky puffed pastry. It’s the perfect bite. That little treat inspired this sandwich. As you know I am a gigantic fan of Sourdough Bread. Huge fan! Sourdough slices were the perfect carrier for brie and strawberries. I loved the slight tang of the toasty golden sourdough with the mild, nutty brie and sweet summer strawberry jam.

Don’t have time (or the desire) to make jam? Not to worry, I included a quick fix that you can make on the spot. This sandwich is truly a special lunchtime treat and a lovely way to hold on to summer, even if for only a short while longer.

Enjoy!

~K

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Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

10 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

Golden, toasted sourdough sandwiches warm, melty brie and balsamic strawberries in this sweet spin on a grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 slices of brie
  • 2-4 tablespoons Balsamic Strawberry Jam
  • OR
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread with butter and place two slices in skillet, butter side down. Top each slice with two slices of brie and a tablespoon or two of Balsamic Strawberry Jam.
  2. Top each sandwich with two more slices of brie and then top with remaining bread slices. Cook until cheese begins to melt and bread is golden. Flip and continue cooking until other side is golden and cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.
  3. Alternately:
  4. In a small pot combine strawberries, honey and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until mixture becomes syrupy and strawberries are tender. Remove from heat and cool while preparing other sandwich components and proceed with directions above.
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina August 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

omy this looks SO delish! I love melty brie, yum!

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suzanne August 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

Sounds wonderful. love jam on grilled cheese and brie is one of my favorites.

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Helene D'souza August 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

yeah brie and strawberry bites. I never thought of combining the both before, but I need to try it. looks delicious!

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Ilona August 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Sounds delicious!

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Ruthy @ Omeletta August 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Every post that includes that jam makes me want some more and more :) I can’t wait to get an afternoon of jammin’ and canning in! Also, brie makes me blush, I love it so much.

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Kate August 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Aww, thank you so much Ruthy! I’ll have one more recipe using it coming your way over the weekend ;) I’m so happy you like this grilled cheese. Honestly, it was like having dessert for lunch. It was awesome!

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Anna (Hidden Ponies) August 30, 2013 at 12:34 am

Love the balsamic in there! Brie is the stuff of my dreams, this looks incredible!

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Kate August 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

You and me both Anna! I’m all about brie!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

I don’t know why it took me years to use Brie in a grilled cheese but it took a small local spot called Toast to set me straight…so now I’m able to imagine how wonderful this is. I could eat it for breakfast even!

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Vicki @ WITK August 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

This sounds like the perfect lunch! I’m going to get some berries and Brie on my next trip to the store!

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Kim Beaulieu September 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I love this. Like SO much. I need this in my life right now.

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Rachel @ Bakerita September 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm

OMG. I need this. I’ve been wanting everything to be covered in cheese recently and brie is my favorite. This looks like it would hit the spot! Pinned :)

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Kate September 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Everything covered in cheese? You sound like a girl after my own heart! I’m so glad to hear you like this and thanks for the pin!

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