No, I’m not running out of ideas. This grilled cheese here actually works! Honest!
Okay, so most blueberry grilled cheese recipes I’ve stumbled upon call for balsamic vinegar; I broke that mold. I broke that mold because in said recipes, the blueberries are boiled down to a reduction with sugar, creating quite a heavy sweetness. I figure the balsamic vinegar is used to bring some tartness into the equation and counterbalance the sweet to create something savoury.
I wasn’t really into the idea of using sugar in this recipe, so I decided to smash the blueberries (with a fork) into a jam-like spread-y thing. Because the blueberries were nice and fresh, they were pretty tart; I needed something sweet. I wanted to avoid honey, because I’ve used that in a recent grilled cheese (see my Camembert and Pear Grilled Cheese).
There was a carton of molasses that had been sitting in my fridge for, oh, probably a year now. Since Christmas cookie baking time, I imagine. I thought, and I thought hard. Could molasses taste good on a grilled cheese sandwich?
The answer is yes. Yes, molasses can taste good on a grilled cheese sandwich. Anything can taste good on a grilled cheese sandwich if paired with the proper ingredients.
- 2 slices of bread (I used plain ol’ whole grain here)
- 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries, smashed
- 3 oz of gruyere cheese
- 3-5 leaves of fresh spinach
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
- 2 tablespoons of butter
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet on medium-high heat.
Butter one side of each slice of bread with the remaining butter.
Start to build your sandwich. Take one slice of bread, buttered side down, and spread the smashed blueberries evenly. Then layer the cheese and spinach. Lastly, drizzle the molasses onto the ingredients. Grab a seat – it may take a while! Ha.
Close things up with the top slice of bread and carefully transfer the sandwich onto the skillet.
Bring the heat to medium-low and let the sandwich cook for approx. 3 minutes or until the bottom i golden brown. Carefully flip the sandwich and let it cook for another 3 minutes, or until golden brown.