At first, I saw this food-porny photo on Pinterest and thought, “What a load of ridiculousness.” It’s a classic pin for my “Recipes I Think I Will Make But Never Will Obviously” board. Strawberries and brie and bread. Who needs all that in one bite?
Then I remembered: I am a human girl. I need that in my life.
And I also remembered: in two weeks time, I’ll be off having a girl’s weekend in an adorable coastal town north of Boston, and I will make this for brunch. And no one will fight me on it.
Strawberry Bruschetta Grilled Cheese
via Foodie Crush
8 thinly sliced pieces of sourdough baguette
4 tbsp. butter
4 large strawberries, chopped (about 1 c.)
4 large basil leaves, slivered
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. lemon zest
kosher salt and pepper
8 oz. brie cheese
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, then flip the bread buttered side down and repeat with the other 6 slices.
Add chopped strawberries to a small bowl, sprinkle with basil and dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix gently then top with lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
Slice the brie and spread on unbuttered sides of the bread. Spoon a generous amount of the strawberry mixture on 4 pieces of the brie-topped bread. Place strawberry stacked bread, buttered side down, in a non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat and top with the other slice of buttered bread. Cover with lid and let cook for 3-4 min. or until golden.
Reduce heat to medium and flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 min. or until bread is toasty golden and the cheese has melted. Enjoy hot.