Breakfast Tuesday: Grilled Cheese?!

March 22, 2011

This should be embarrassing, but I’m taking it as evidence of my extraordinary love of sweets and utter dedication to my craft. I spent the last three nights in a row researching the ultimate dessert grilled cheese. There are tons and tons of recipes/ideas/thoughts concerning this monumental idea, but you have to be careful and wade through them with a watchful eye. Dessert grilled cheese with chicken? Think again.

You don’t need a recipe to make dessert grilled cheese. It’s entirely up to you and your desires, your cravings, your culinary creativity. There are great combinations to explore and all kinds of cheese and bread to utilize, like  macerated strawberries with mascarpone and honey, or nutella, cream cheese and raspberry jam.

The recipe I present to you is simply my view of a perfect dessert grilled cheese using ingredients commonly found in the baker’s kitchen. Dessert and breakfast are sometimes synonymous to me, which is why you are getting dessert grilled cheese on a Breakfast Tuesday, but just like the ingredient combinations, the meal possibilities for this grilled good seem almost as limitless. I thought of it as breakfast because, with the days getting warmer, I’m spending a lot more time on my feet and needing an extra caloric splurge here and there. The needing could come from my sugar addiction and not from extra exercise, but that’s another story for another time.

Enjoy, and if you have any awesome takes on the dessert grilled cheese, let me know!

Dessert/Breakfast/Sweet Grilled Cheese, Take One

Ingredients:

1 oz cream cheese

1- 2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 scant tablespoon chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

Half of a banana, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar blend

1 tablespoon unsalted butter for greasing skillet

2 slices brioche, french bread, challah, texas toast, or bread of your choosing!

 

Method:

1. Preheat skillet over medium heat. If your stovetop is notoriously hot, preheat over medium low heat to avoid burning. This sandwich takes a little bit longer to heat through than normal grilled cheese.

2. Spread one slice of bread with cream cheese and sprinkle chocolate chips over cream cheese layer. Spread other slice of bread with peanut butter and sliced banana. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over prepared bread slices. Smoosh bread together to make a sandwich.

3. When skillet is preheated, place one tablespoon butter in skillet to melt and place sandwich in skillet.

4. Grill sandwich on each side until warmed through, 4 to 5 minutes on each side, covering if necessary.

Serve immediately.

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