Grilled Raspberry, Basil and Blue Cheese Sandwich

The fact that I’m from Wisconsin should lead you assume one thing: I love cheese. And it’s true. Put a hunk of cheddar in front of me, a crumble of blue, or a wedge of brie and you can consider it gone. I’m a bit of a self-proclaimed cheese snob and my friends know that they can come to me when it comes to all things cheese. I’m definitely your gouda….errr gal.

Every year I could not be more excited to celebrate National Grilled Cheese day. A day set aside to celebrate all things gooey and delicious is my kind of day. It’s almost better than my birthday. Almost.

While I’m a fan of the classic American cheese on white bread toasted with butter, I’m also a fan of taking things up a notch when it comes to this sandwich. I love to play with the flavor profiles of different cheeses, mixing them together and pairing them with other ingredients that are sure to tantalize the taste buds.

For this sandwich I decided to start with the base of Simply Artisan Reserve™ Blue Cheese Crumbles and take things from there. Since blue cheese isn’t necessarily super-melty, I decided to add mozzarella to get a sandwich with a better melt. Blue cheese pairs well with raspberries so I mashed some up to add to the sandwich. I needed a savory component so I thought that some fresh basil would do the trick. All together these flavors bring a sharp and nutty flavor, evened out by the sweet raspberries.

The sky is really the limit when it comes to constructing a gourmet grilled cheese. There really are no rules so feel free to play around with your combination. I like to use heartier bread such as sourdough that holds together multiple ingredients but you can feel free to go with classic sandwich bread if you’d like. Good luck!

Grilled Raspberry, Basil and Blue Cheese Sandwich

Serves 2 | Finish in 10 minutes
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This sandwich brings together the sharp, nutty flavors of blue cheese and sweet raspberries in a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients

4 slices sourdough bread
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup Simply Artisan Reserve™ Blue Cheese Center Cut
1/2 cup fresh raspberries, smashed
3-4 fresh basil leaves, torn

Directions

Divide the butter evenly between the four slices of bread, spreading it on one side of each slice.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and place two slices of bread, butter side down, in the pan. Top each slice with ¼ of the mozzarella cheese, half of the blue cheese, half of the raspberries and basil. Divide the remaining mozzarella cheese between the two sandwiches.

Top each sandwich with the remaining slices of bread, butter side up. Grill each side for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Slice in half and serve immediately.


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