Brie and Blackberry Grilled Cheese

Blackberry + Brie Grilled Cheese // @HealthyDelish

April is National Grilled Cheese Month – one of my very favorite food holidays. While you can never go wrong with the standard grilled American cheese on white bread, it’s so much fun to come up with fun, gourmet versions of this classic recipe. Last April, I snuck some vegetables onto my sandwich with a spinach and artichoke grilled cheese that ended up being my #1 most popular post of 2013. Then, back in September, I decided to spice things up with my personal favorite – a gourmet grilled cheese featuring jalapeno jelly and sliced apple.

This week, the Sunday Supper group is celebrating Grilled Cheese Month with Gallo Family Vineyards. We were challenged to make a sandwich that either pairs well with wine or features wine as an ingredient. My brie, ham, and blackberry grilled cheese does both – it pairs amazingly well with a lot of different wines and I also used a splash of Merlot in the blackberry quick jam that makes the sandwich so special.

Blackberry + Brie Grilled Cheese // @HealthyDelish

I know it seems a little strange to put fruit jam on a grilled cheese, but when it’s paired with ham and brie it definitely doesn’t seem out of place at all. The flavors work so well together and remind me of my favorite baked brie appetizer. Since brie stays creamy and melty at room temperature, these sandwiches are also good after they’ve sat for a while. I think they’d be great to bring on picnics this summer.

Since I opened a bottle of Merlot to make the blackberry jam, that’s what I served these with. It was a good pairing, but I also think they’d be great something a little lighter, like Cafe Zinfandel, or even a Pink Moscato.

Blackberry + Brie Grilled Cheese // @HealthyDelish

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Brie, Ham, and Blackberry Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper
 
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The blackberry and Merlot quick jam makes this sandwich extra special, but feel free to substitute good quality blackberry preserves.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Merlot
  • 8 ounces double cream brie
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 4 slices honey ham
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Preparation
  1. Combine the blackberries, sugar, and wine in a shallow, wide-bottomed pan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the jam is thick, syrupy, and very fragrant – about 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Use a sharp paring knife to remove the rind from the cheese. Discard the rind and cut the cheese into small pieces, about ¼-inch each.
  3. Lay 4 piece of bread on a flat surface. Scatter each piece of bread with ¼ of the cheese. Top with a slice of ham. Slather each of the remaining sliced of bread with 1 tablespoon on blackberry jam (save any leftover jam for another use) and place, jam-side down, on top of each sandwich.
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet or griddle set over medium heat. When the butter begins to foam, add the sandwiches. Cook without disturbing for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and cook another 2minutes; cover the pan and cook another 1 minute.

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Comments

  1. My mouth is watering over this sandwich. Oh how much I love brie!

  2. This salty-sweet combo looks so good! I got to try one!

  3. What a fantastic combination — I can only imagine the flavors!

  4. Look at those gorgeous colors! Brie and blackberries are such a delicious combo…can’t wait to make this with leftover Easter ham!

  5. Sounds fabulous. Blackberries just burst with flavor…I can’t wait to try them with brie!

  6. Lauren,
    This grilled cheese is right up my alley. . love adding jam. . and brie?! Hello. One of my favorite soft cheeses. This is perfection.

  7. Wow, this looks CRAZY good, Lauren!!! Jam and brie win me over every time!!!!

  8. YUM! I love berries on a sandwich! What a great pairing with Merlot Wine!

  9. I don’t think it stange at all to add fruit jam to a grilled cheese. At least not an AMAZING one like yours!

  10. This is one delicious grilled cheese sammie. I love blackberries! Pinning.

  11. The jam alone makes this sandwich irresistible!

  12. Ahmahgah! Just Ahmahgah! Seriously, I can’t say anything due to the rapidly firing salivary glands in my mouth right now. Awesome combo, Lauren.

  13. Gorgeous pictures and even more fabulous combination for a grilled cheese! I can’t wait to try this recipe for lazy Saturday lunch sometime.

  14. Ham + Cheese + Fruit = Always a win. Blackberries seem like such a sophisticated choice for a grilled cheese. Classy stuff!

  15. I love putting different fruits and jams on grilled cheese. They balance the savory, creamy cheese so perfectly. This one looks amazing!

  16. These look delicious Lauren – love the blackberry component!

  17. I love that combination of brie and blackberries…sounds like a delicious sandwich!

  18. what a great combination, never thought of adding brie and “jam” together, fantastic!

  19. Sweet & salty is my favorite & this looks fantastic! Gotta love blackberry & Brie!

  20. This is a very exciting combination! The ham and blackberry reminds me of my dad. :-) And I loooove brie. I hope he wants to try this sandwich with me because I am totally going to talk him into it!

  21. I love the idea of blackberries and ham!

  22. I think jam in the grilled cheese sam is PERFECT!

  23. This is a wine lover’s grilled cheese, for sure! Great idea, Lauren!

  24. Oh my word, there are so many good things in here, I don’t know where to start!

  25. This looks fantastic – what a great twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich! I need this in my life immediately.

  26. These flavours sound gorgeous together. What an inspired recipe!

  27. Now this is a sandwich combination my husband would absolutely adore! He is one of the biggest blackberry fans of all time…and putting them in grilled cheese sounds perfect!

  28. Adding the fruit was a surprise and then adding Merlot! ooooooooh! Lovely Lovely idea. Tastes wonderful! Can’t wait to try on friends.

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