Hey, everyone. It’s been a while, I apologize. But! I’m going to show you something tasty and so quick you’ll be eating a satisfying lunch or snack in no time.
Ready? Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
Strawberry basil grilled cheese
adapted (barely) from here
Notes: I used Russian black bread, which was lovely. I think any bread you’d like to use for a sandwich would be nice. As for the cheese, I used mozzarella. The original recipe recommends smoked cheddar or jack. I think gouda or a few dots of goat cheese could be interesting. Or then again, why not brie?
- 2 slices bread
- enough slices of cheese to fit comfortably on your sandwich
- 3 or 4 basil leaves
- a handful of strawberries (I used about 8-10 small ones)
- splash of balsamic vinegar
Rinse and slice strawberries, place in a small bowl or cup. Splash with balsamic vinegar and let sit for 15 – 30 minutes.
Start a small pan heating with a touch of olive oil over medium-low heat.
Assemble sandwich: layer cheese, strawberries, and basil leaves onto bread, top with other slice.
Cook in pan, pressing down a few times to get a nice browned and slightly panini-esque flatness to the sandwich. Grill, flipping occasionally to prevent burning, until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes total. I like to place a lid over the sandwich to speed the cheese-melting along. Or, use a panini press.
Tah dah, you have a sandwich. Also, we think this formula would work wonderfully with all sorts of fruits and herbs and cheese. Peaches splashed with balsamic or red wine vinegar + fresh ricotta + basil, maybe? Plums dashed with cider vinegar + mozzarella + arugula (+ prosciutto or other cured ham?!).
What other combinations would you try?