Blackberry and Fontina Grilled Cheese

Makes 4 servings

Though fontina and blackberries are a great combination, you can switch up the fruits and cheeses to whatever you can find at your market. Freshly shredded cheese will melt best, but slices will work in a pinch, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 lb fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine the blackberries and thyme. Use a fork to lightly mash the berries so that no whole berries remain.
  2. Lay 4 slices of bread on your work surface and top each slice with about a quarter of the shredded cheese. Spoon dollops of the mashed blackberries of the cheese (you may not use it all), and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the blackberries. Place the remaining slices of bread on over the cheese and press lightly.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, if needed, add the sandwiches and cook until the bread is browned and the cheese is beginning to melt, about 3 minutes. Flip the sandwiches, adding more butter, if needed, and cook until the second side is browned and the cheese has melted. If the bread has browned before the cheese is melted, transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet and place in the oven until the cheese is fully melted. Serve right away.

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Fontina and Blackberry Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Blackberry and Fontina Grilled Cheese
Makes 4 servings Though fontina and blackberries are a great combination, you can switch up the fruits and cheeses to whatever you can find at your market. Freshly shredded cheese will melt best, but slices will work in a pinch, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 lb fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine the blackberries and thyme. Use a fork to lightly mash the berries so that no whole berries remain.
  2. Lay 4 slices of bread on your work surface and top each slice with about a quarter of the shredded cheese. Spoon dollops of the mashed blackberries of the cheese (you may not use it all), and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the blackberries. Place the remaining slices of bread on over the cheese and press lightly.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, if needed, add the sandwiches and cook until the bread is browned and the cheese is beginning to melt, about 3 minutes. Flip the sandwiches, adding more butter, if needed, and cook until the second side is browned and the cheese has melted. If the bread has browned before the cheese is melted, transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet and place in the oven until the cheese is fully melted. Serve right away.

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3 Comments

  1. joharalopez@ymail.com

    I’ve never heard of Fontina cheese. Is there another cheese you can combine with this cheese? I know that cream cheese is a no brainer but I would like to experiment with cheeses, any idea? using different types of fruits such as peaches, strawberries, figs and others. Thank you

    • laura.monroe@culinary.edu

      Well, I hope that you and Fontina will become fast friends! It’s delicious. But yes, you can use nearly any good melting cheese here, like Cheddar, Gruyère, or even a soft cheese, like brie. Cheddar and apple are a classic combo. Gruyère is good with practically everything, but you’ll love it with peaches. And brie is an ideal partnership to figs and/or pears! If you’re feeling bold, you could also smear a little Nutella on the bread before grilling with brie and strawberries!

  2. joharalopez@ymail.com

    Excuse my typo mistake. Try to experiment with various types of cheese.

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