This easy blackberry grilled cheese is the perfect gourmet twist on a classic sandwich!
- 8 slices crusty bread (we like using our crusty artisan bread or a nice sourdough!)
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) goat cheese, softened
- 4 ounces fresh blackberries (about 1/2 cup), cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced
- 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) fresh mozzarella , torn into small pieces
- Generously butter one side of each bread slice, then place half of the bread slices butter-side down in a large skillet (reserve the other half of your bread slices for the top of your sandwiches!) You may have to work in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
- Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on the non-butter sides of bread in the skillet.
- Place cut blackberries on top of the goat cheese. Place basil on top of blackberries.
- Divide the mozzarella cheese between the sandwiches and place on top of the basil.
- Place remaining bread on top of sandwiches, butter side up. Turn the skillet to medium 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).
- Cook sandwiches 2-3 minutes on each side (once skillet is hot) or until bread has lightly browned and cheese has melted. Serve immediately.
Additions and Substitutions. Add crispy bacon or prosciutto for some extra protein. Swap the blackberries for blueberries, strawberries, peaches, or pears. Use pesto in place of the fresh basil if you like. Replace some or all of the cheeses with brie, white cheddar, whipped feta, or havarti.
How should I soften the butter and goat cheese? We recommend taking them out and letting them come to room temperature for 15-30 minutes before you assemble your sandwiches! The goat cheese will soften more quickly than the butter; if your butter is still too cold, check out this tutorial to soften butter quickly.
Keywords: melt, sandwich, fruit