Plum and Balsamic Grilled Cheese

Do you remember loving grilled cheese as a kid?  Sitting at the lunch table holding a sandwich with American cheese between two buttery slices of Wonderbread.

Have you grown up since then?  Have your taste matured somewhat?  Do you still love grilled cheese?  Of course you do!

Welcome to the grownups grilled cheese section. And no, that doesn’t just mean using cheddar instead of American. There are hundreds of unique combinations to explore.

This dish is a play on the classic combination of blue cheese and pear, weaving salty and sweet flavors together.  Instead of a more subtly sweet pear, I opted for a softer, more sugary plum.  It still works hand in hand with the blue cheese, but also provides the perfect counterbalance to the third component: raspberry balsamic reduction.  All three are roughly combined so that each bite offers a different combination of sweet, salty and tangy.

The plum, cheese and balsamic reduction all rest between two lightly buttered, well toasted slices of fresh sourdough that offer the perfect crunch to round out the dish.  This is a great way to take a childhood classic and make it into something you could serve at a friends dinner party!

Plum and Balsamic Grilled Cheese

  • Loaf of sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons of blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoon of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 plum, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup raspberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

 

  1. In a sauce pan, combine both balsamic vinegars, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, then remove from heat.  Allow the mixture to cool until it achieves a syrupy consistency.
  2. Combine the two cheeses and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Cut two slices off the load of sourdough, approximately 1/2 inch thick each. Cover with a layer of the cheese mixture, then a layer of plums and another layer of cheese.  Drizzle the balsamic reduction on top and place the other slice of bread on top.
  4. Butter the outsides of the sandwich. Heat a small pat of butter in a pan to medium heat. Place the sandwich in the pan with a plate and weight on top to compress it. Cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from heat.  Allow to cool briefly and serve.
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2 Responses to “Plum and Balsamic Grilled Cheese”

  1. This looks amazing! Love fruits with grilled cheese. So good!!! 🙂

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