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Have you ever wanted to turn a grilled cheese sandwich into something unique and memorable? By combining cheese, chocolate, and fruit you can do just that!
This is the sort of treat that has many flavor combinations. Below are just some recommendations, so feel free to customize to suit your tastes.
A quality sandwich starts with quality bread, so use your favorite! We recommend a good multigrain baguette or sourdough.
For the cheese, we want something distinct that'll pair with dark chocolate, but won’t overpower the subtle fruit flavors. Brie or medium white cheddar is ideal, but a creamy blue, gruyere, or mild Swiss won’t disappoint.
This is where Spice & Tea Merchants really makes things interesting! We’re not just using any old chocolate, but unique dark chocolate with complex flavors. Click here and here for our chocolate bar / disc selection – you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose!
Raspberries seem to be the crowd favorite, but you can certainly use apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries and strawberries. Experiment with different chocolate and fruit combinations to see what excites you!
~Making the Sandwich~
Ingredients (for two sandwiches):
4 Bread Slices
4 Ounces Cheese
2 Ounces Dark Chocolate (broken into pieces)
1/2 Cup Fruit (lightly smashed)
2 TBSP Butter
1. Butter one side of all bread slices (the side you intend to grill).
2. Layer on cheese, smashed fruit, and chocolate pieces (all on unbuttered side). Top with another bread slice.
3. Heat a pan over medium heat and add sandwiches. Toast both sides until golden brown and the cheese and chocolate have melted (about 4 minutes each side).
Tip: Covering the pan during toasting will help melt the cheese and chocolate. Alternatively, if a cover isn’t available, reduce the heat to low and continue heating until the cheese and chocolate have melted.
Editor’s Note: I tried this recipe using sourdough, gruyere cheese, raspberries, and our dark chocolate almond caramel bar. Absolutely divine! For a sweeter treat, try this with a drizzle of honey. Or if savory is more to your tastes, the addition of caramelized onions takes the flavors in a totally different direction.
Believe it or not, you can grill almost any fruit! The trick is to grill them just before they’re fully ripe and to leave them in their peel (if applicable). Some popular fruits for grilling include apples, apricots, bananas, figs, peaches, pears, pineapple, plantains, plums, strawberries, and watermelon.
1. Start off by cutting the fruit and removing all seeds/cores (see below for recommend cuts).
-Apples, apricots, bananas, figs, peaches, pears, plantains, and plums: Simply cut them in half from top to bottom.
-Pineapple: Cut horizontally into rings or vertically into long wedges.
-Strawberries: Grilling these works best when placed on a pair of skewers.
-Watermelon: Cut into wedges – the rind may be left on or removed.
2. Season your fruit by adding any desired spices. Some spices that pair well with fruit are allspice, cinnamon (Korintje / Indonesian or Vietnamese), clove, ginger, lavender flowers, nutmeg, star anise, and vanilla beans. Also, check out our Baker’s Blend, a cinnamon centric mix containing many of the afore mentioned spices. Adding a bit of balsamic vinegar, brandy, honey, or rum will really enhanced the flavor as well.
3. Lightly spread olive oil or melted butter over the fruit to prevent it from sticking to the grill.
4. Make sure your grill grates are clean – you don’t want to alter the flavor with leftover BBQ sauce.
5. Fruit grills best when using indirect heat, so place it on the grill after the coals being to die out or off to the side.
6. Grill for approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Sugars burn quickly, so be sure to keep a watchful eye on your fruit.
Serve as a side dish with a dab of yogurt, as a dessert with ice cream, or just lightly sprinkled with our flavored sugars. Have fun trying new favor combinations!