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Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese

Get fancy with this grown-up childhood classic: Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese Recipe

Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

 

No lie, I am not a fruit eater (obviously). I just never had it and the texture became weird to me. But, as an adult I realize how important it is to enjoy a balanced diet of all things and that fruit is an excellent source of all the good little things that keep the heart pumping and the body happy and I have been diligently working on my fruit consumption.

From sneaking berries into my daily spinach smoothie to slicing an apple and making sure to chow down on it between meals – I am slowly working fruit (and not just the bits you find in ice cream) into my daily meals. Heck I had no idea that fruit was also a great sugar replacement for my snack cravings – 1 cup of fresh strawberries is only 50 calories?! No way! (True). And only 8 True). And only 8 Florida Strawberries is your Vitamin C for the day. Two birds, one happy healthy stone.

Since I am not too keep on sweets (though, I have made some killer strawberry themed desserts & cocktails in the past), I wanted to find a way to start sneaking strawberries into my savory foods as well. I love the idea of mixing a few into salsa and salads! There’s a quantity even my picky palette can appreciate. Today, I decided to go a little while and make a luxurious grilled cheese oozing with creamy brie and popping with a burst of sharp flavor from the basil and freshly ground black pepper. For some more strawberry recipe inspiration – check the list of recipes below or click here and check out Florida Strawberry Recipes directly from the source.

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Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese

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Yield: 10

Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese

Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

Get fancy with this grown-up childhood classic: Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 6 slices hearty white bread, sliced thick
  • 1 - 2 tbs butter butter, divided
  • Fresh basil
  • 1 wedge triple crème brie, about 5 - 8 oz

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Toss the sliced strawberries in a bowl. 
  2. Whisk the balsamic vinegar and honey together. 
  3. Toss the strawberries with the balsamic mix to coat. 
  4. Arrange on a baking dish in an even layer and sprinkle with freshly ground salt. 
  5. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Preheat your skillet to medium heat.
  7. Meanwhile, butter one side of each slice of bread. 
  8. Arrange the strawberries, brie and basil on half of the bread. 
  9. Season with a bit of black pepper. Top with the remaining slices. 
  10. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in pan and toast each sandwich on both sides until golden and cheese is getting all gooey and perfect.
  11. To serve, brush with any remaining balsamic mixture on the roasting pan if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

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Savory Balsamic Roasted Strawberry and Basil Grilled Cheese | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

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Check out all of these delightful Strawberry inspired recipes!

Strawberry Cocktail

Strawberry Starters

Strawberry Salads

Strawberry Main Dishes

Strawberry Desserts

 

This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

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