This combination of savory and sweet is currently my favorite twist on the most loved American comfort food (though whenever I find a new combo, it often becomes my new favorite) Even so, bleu cheese is something that will not be replaced on my list of top 10 favorite things for a long time.
Before, or after, making this sandwich, try inventing a combo on your own sometime, like a margarita pizza grilled cheese: tomato, mozzarella and basil with a balsamic drizzle; a taco grilled cheese: cheddar cheese, avocado, beans, rice, and ground beef (or fajita veggies if you are all about them plants); or basically any leftover hot meal plopped on some bread with cheese, like chicken/tofu korma! Go for it!
Anyways the combo I chose today was: blueberries, bleu cheese, and pears!
Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese
yield: one grilled cheese sandwich
- 2 slices of bread
(any type works, but normal sandwich bread has the best chew and crisp ratio, i have found. something like sourdough i find is a bit too hard, while soft buns or other soft bread becomes soggy with the melted cheese)
- 1 handful of blueberries (or enough to cover your sandwich bread)
- bleu cheese
- 1 pear
- butter the outside of each slice of bread
- place in pan on stove on low heat
- slice pear and cheese (both should be relatively thin so you can layer them and not have it be too thick of a sandwich)
- lay cheese on each slice of bread
- line one slice with pear and blueberries
- when cheese on other slice has melted enough to have some grip on the bread, flip that piece on top of the other
- press down on the sandwich to compact all layers and get the cheese to seep throughout
- flip and press again
- place on to a plate, slice, and enjoy
Whenever I am creating my own recipe or coming up with a new idea, even if it is based off of someone else’s, I tend to lay things out how they are going to be and try that combo before moving on. For example, here I lay out a slice of pear with the bleu cheese and blueberries on top to try before creating the whole sandwich with those ingredients. This way, I can have an idea of the final product and make necessary changes before I waste quality ingredients on a sandwich I don’t even end up liking.
When I decide to make grilled cheese for a meal, I prefer to make them mini so that I am able to try several different combinations in one go. Then, you can have more flavors packed into one meal and also let your creative juices run wild as you make up several different, one-of-a-kind sandwiches.
Thank you and enjoy!
~“if you can’t find the guiding light, you have to go out and be the light” rookie~