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Blackberry Caprese Grilled Cheese

 

Ok, hear me out on this one. Because it’s REALLY. REALLY. GOOD. It’s got the mozzarella and basil you’d find in a traditional caprese salad or sandwich, but a spoonful of goat cheese whipped with blackberries gives it a fresh zing that left me wanting more. WAY more.

 

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Plus, April is grilled cheese month. And I know, I know, I’m way super late on jumping on that grilled cheese month gravy chain. But I’ve been too busy drooling over these grilled cheese recipes to have time to develop my own.

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That all ended this weekend, though – had cheese, had bread, had other yummy stuff, GOOD TO GO. So, in celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month, I came, I grilled, I ate it all in one sitting. (Kyle helped).

 

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I made these grilled cheeses in mini-form using a leftover baguette I had lying around, which I’d totally recommend for sharing/parties/entertaining/etc. I don’t plan on sharing the next batch, though – so those will probably be full sized with a ciabatta or italian loaf. YUM.

 

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I haven’t listed super specific ingredient amounts below – sandwiches are so personal! I’ve included the amounts of ingredients I use per sandwich, but tailor it to your own palate! Depending on your level of love when it comes to goat cheese, you can get 4-6 good-sized sandwiches out of this recipe. I happen to ADORE goat cheese. Kyle happens to not adore it so much. So I try to find a happy medium whenever I cook with it. I slathered these sandwiches in the blackberry goat cheese, and I loved it. It was a little bitter for him – goat cheese has such a distinctive tang – so keep that in mind while you’re assembling sandwiches.

 

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Blackberry Caprese Grilled Cheese

Yield: 4-6 large sandwiches or 12-16 baguette-slice-sized sandwiches

Blackberry Caprese Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

    For the Blackberry Goat Cheese:
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 3-4 oz. fresh blackberries (about 1 handful)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Sandwiches:
  • Fresh bread of your choice, sliced – I can get 4-6 large sandwiches out of this much blackberry goat cheese, or 12-15 baguette-sized ones
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • Blackberry goat cheese
  • Basil (I used 1-2 leaves per sandwich)
  • Fresh mozzarella (I used 1-2 slices per sandwich)
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

    For the Blackberry Goat Cheese:
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender or small food processor.
  2. For the Sandwiches:
  3. Spread one side of each piece of bread with a little bit of soft butter. Place half of the bread slices butter-side down on a skillet (I like cast iron) and spread a layer of blackberry goat cheese on the non-butter sides.
  4. Place basil on top of goat cheese and follow with a layer of mozzarella. Place remaining bread on top of sandwiches, butter side up. Turn the skillet on medium-high heat. I like to start with a cold skillet because it gives the cheese more time to melt as the skillet heats up, and the butter will still help the bread get crispy. This method ensures a crispy sandwich with super oozy, melty cheese! (YUM).
  5. Cook sandwiches 2-3 minutes on each side or until bread has lightly browned and cheese has melted. Serve immediately.
http://www.lifeasastrawberry.com/blackberry-caprese-grilled-cheese/

 

 

 

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