The pinnacle of happiness has got to be a plate of melted cheese. Get ready to be super, duper happy…
Isn’t there something just divine about the mixture of a strong cheese and sweet berries? Yes. The answer to that is always an astounding yes.
Here’s the thing though. I was feelin’ like yummy berries and strong cheese just weren’t enough to kick this grilled cheese into high gear. So, because I’m a bit of a wino (Ahem, I use the word bit pretty lightly I’ll admit) I threw some Merlot on top of the simmering blackberries and blueberries. Oh man y’all, black and blue never looked so good.
Mash some fresh thyme in with the berries to give more depth to the flavors.
Now, for the greatest invention on planet earth, CHEESE. My goodness, I could have easily gone to town on this cheese before it ever hit a stove, let me tell you. I think a key component to a great grilled cheese is using a super melty cheese. Gruyere fit the bill perfectly. It’s a hard cheese and fairly strong with a decent amount of salt but doesn’t overpower the berries. Get a few slices going on a grill or stove and watch as the cheese oozes out the sides of the bread. YASSSS.
I chose a hearty, sourdough bread from the cheese shop up the street from me and I really love how it combined with the sweetness of the berries and potent cheese.
A quick and insanely satisfying dinner awaits you!
How do you take your grilled cheese to the next level?
- 2 springs of thyme, leaves removed
- 8 slices of sourdough bread (1 inch thick)
- 1 tbsp Merlot
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 oz. Gruyere cheese, sliced
- 2 tbsp butter
- Add berries to a small saucepan on medium heat and stir continually. Ones berries begin to break down, add merlot and thyme and allow to cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add a small spoonful of butter to a small frying pan and a slice of bread. Layer cheese, add spoonful of berries and top with another piece of bread. Cook on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes on each side.