With previous entries into the Sandwich of the Month category, there has been roasting, sauteing, grilling and even pickling – so with this super easy sandwich, you can say that I took the easy way out. And I guess you’d be right. Easy yet special enough for a Sunday morning breakfast. Easy yet so unique that you’ll wonder why the hell you never made it before. Easy and fast enough as to leave you with optimal time to enjoy a day-long marathon of Portlandia in bed with your boyfriend. Mmm…
The inspiration for this brie grilled cheese comes from the Mr. Rene sandwich at La Maison du Croque Monsieur in Union Square. Besides the contrast of savory cheese and sweet jam, what I love about this sandwich are the varying textures. Due to its rind and quick cooking technique, the cheese retains most of its shape after cooking and doesn’t get fully gooey, which I love.
Sliced white country bread
Thick slices of brie cheese
Grape, strawberry or raspberry jam or preserves
Procedure: Preheat a griddle pan over medium-low heat. Butter one side of 2 slices of bread and place buttered side-down on a board. Spread 1 tsp of jam on one piece and top with slices of brie. Place second slice of bread on top, buttered side facing up.
Then place the sandwich on the griddle and cook 2-3 min per side, occasionally pressing down with a spatula, until the bread is toasted. Remove from griddle, slice in half, and serve immediately.
Describe your ideal Sunday morning breakfast.