Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, and I have an old trusted recipe for the best Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich you will ever taste. The original recipe is for Giada de Laurentis's recipe for a Chocolate & Brie Panini, but since it's Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, make this on top of the stove.
Today is

Yum Sugar, one of my favorite food sites, modified this recipe, and I totally agree. Less chocolate is better as in the recipe below, so the chocolate doesn't overpower the cheese. As in all of the recipes, I recommend using the very best of all products. It really makes a difference--from the olive oil to the bread to the brie and chocolate.

A few other possibilities: try using ciabatta instead of sourdough. Don't have a panini press? You can make this as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. In a dorm?  Use your iron as the press (you will need to clean it afterwards).

Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
this is for a crowd, but you can modify it, or serve it as an appetizer at your next party--cut in squares

Ingredients
12 slices sourdough bread (try ciabatta if you want a change)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
10 ounces dark chocolate squares, chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves

Directions
Preheat panini grill.
Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill bread slices until they begin to turn golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove from panini grill and place 2 ounces of cheese on 1 slice of bread (the bottom half), top  cheese with 1/4 cup chopped chocolate, and a few leaves of basil. Top with another slice of bread. Continue with remaining sandwiches.
Return sandwiches to the panini grill until chocolate begins to melt, about another 2 minutes.
Cut sandwiches into 2-inch wide rectangles or small triangles and transfer to serving platter.

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