Mini Mealtime Monday: Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese

Are you a fan of grilled cheese? How about blueberries? Have you ever had them together?

As a kid, grilled cheese sandwiches were a household staple. I liked putting things on them, like apple and tomato slices. I even liked it when the corners got burnt, adding a crispy bit of charcoal flavor. As an adult, I was delighted to discover more sophisticated takes on the grilled cheese, from bacon melts on herb-dusted sourdough to jalapeno-and-apricot specials. A food blogger find, Jen of Lorimer Street Kitchen, takes the specialty grilled cheese to a whole other level. Blueberries and basil get shredded together in the food processor, mixed with a few shallot rounds and a little vinegar for tang. Add not one but two slabs of cheese for a gourmet treat that oozes with sophistication. (Halve the recipe below if you only want one sandwich.) The filling does tend to spill out, so eat it with a spoon nearby. This sandwich is perfect for a day when you’re craving something sweet and rich, but not too time-consuming. Ooey, gooey, and oh so worth it.

Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese

Property of Melanie Bell
Recipe from Jen of Lorimer Street Kitchen


Property of Melanie Bell

2 tsp coconut oil

1 shallot, thinly sliced

6 oz fresh blueberries

¼ cup fresh basil leaves

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 slices sourdough bread

4 slices provolone or swiss cheese

Melanie Bell

Melanie Bell

Melanie Bell grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada and lives in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in xoJane, Jaggery, Art Animal, The Island Review, The Fiddlehead, CV2, and various other publications. She teaches about Enneagram personality types at Berghoef Bell

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