Friday, April 12, 2013

Blueberry Baby


OMG, OMG! Today is National Grilled Cheese Day! Aren't you so very, very excited? So much so that you kind of might pee your pants a little? No? That's just me? Ok, that makes sense. Anyways! I've been waiting all year month for this very special day which sort of feels like Christmas to me and I'm the happiest kid around. All month, endless amounts of meltable cheese, freshly baked bread, and tricked out stay-cold coolers have been waiting for me at my front door each day in order to make this day the best it can be. Unfortunately, it's rainy, cold, completely disgusting, and no one's home but that's OK. I'll get through National Grilled Cheese Day with the power of my internet friends. RIGHT GUYS?! I just wish you all could come over and cook with me and help me eat all the food that's been sent my way.


But I don't mean to brag about all my cheesy goodness without giving you guys something in return! Yeah, sure here's a tasty new recipe, but I also wanted to let you know that my favorite babes from Wisconsin Cheese and I have paired up to do a super awesome National Grilled Cheese Day GIVEAWAY...today! We've been working super hard on their awesome online magazine Grate. Pair. Share. (with recipes from yours truly, of course) so if you'd be so kind to check it out and comment as to what your favorite recipe is (in my comments section) you are automatically entered to win a giant shipment of Wisconsin cheese, fresh baked bread from La Brea Bakery - perfect for grilling, and a ton of other goodies that will help all your grilled cheese dreams come true. You should totally do it. The magazine is embedded in the bottom of this very post...How convenient! You're welcome.

In the meantime, here's a tasty new little grilled cheese that I thought is perfect for a sweet day like today - creamy brie, luscious mascarpone, sweet and tart blistered blueberries, and fresh earthy basil come together between a crispy buttery bagel. I think it's the perfect way to start a grilled cheese day.

 Get you some of thisssss



Ingredients


-1 bagel, cut in half and scooped out
- 1 small wedge of Wisconsin Brie
- 2 tbsp of BelGioioso Mascarpone Cheese
- 2 tbsp of blistered blueberries (recipe below)
- a few basil leaves, torn
- 2 pats of salted butter









So this is the most important part. It's totally hard to eat a bagel grilled cheese without taking the necessary steps to ultimate perfection. First, cut your bagel in half and scoop out the interior of both sides. This will create the perfect little nook to keep your fillings inside the sandwich. Then, with a very sharp serrated knife, very carefully cut off the outside off the bagel so that the nice bready interior can be used to create a super crispy crust on your sandwich at the end.


Next, fill the nook of one half of your bagel with brie. Try to keep it all in the grilled cheese canyon or mote as I like to think of it. After all, it is guarding your face from getting burnt by molten cheese.


Then, lay your blistered blueberries on top of the Brie.

To make these sweet and tart treats, all you need to do is melt a pat of salted butter in your skillet and add a cup of blueberries. Turn your heat to high and let them cook up. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar once you start to see them pop and stir until evenly coated. Allow to cook for a few more minutes until the juices release and start to thicken.

And if you don't want to go through all that, you could totally just use some sort of blueberry preserves. Those will work perfectly, they just won't be as much fun as making them yourself!


 Next, lay some torn basil leaves on top of your blueberries. I think this earthy herbal contrast is so nice against the creamy brie and the bright blueberries. Fresh mint would also be super dope.


Almost done! Just smear on some of that sweet mascarpone into the other bagel half's canal and really pack it in there. It's so good. If you've never had it before, it's like sweet cream cheese mixed with ricotta mixed with whatever kisses the hottest person in the world gives. Yeah, it's like that.


Combine the two halves together and awe in their glory.

Now that this insane sandwich is built, turn your burner to medium high and butter both sides of your soon-to-be grilled cheese. Place it in your skillet and allow to cook for a few minutes until the bagel turns golden and crispy. Flip and repeat. Remember, both of these cheeses melt super fast so they don't need to be on the burner for long. Just a few minutes will do.


Then once it's all done, you will definitely want to let this little baby sit for a minute or two. Those cheeses need to thicken up and soak in all the flavors from the blueberries and the basil. Or if you can't wait, who cares, you'll just have to lick your plate to make sure nothing goes to waste.

Dig in babes!



Don't forget to check out Grate. Pair. Share. below and leave a comment for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

xoxo,

GCS


57 comments:

  1. I could go for that pimiento cheddar grilled cheese. And a case of wisconsin cheese delivered to my door.

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  2. giiiirl, you really need to label your stuff as NSFW so my coworkers don't see me looking at porn!

    the Cheshire grilled cheese makes me weak in the knees!

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  3. I am admitting this, on your blog only, because I know I won't be judged...

    It took all I had NOT to lick the computer screen when I saw the recipe for the BBQ Corn and Gouda grilled cheese!

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  4. my favorite would have to be the apple french toast grilled cheese.... the mix of sweet and salty is basically the best thing ever. I think I'll have to make a special trip to the store right now so I can have one of these for dinner!

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  5. Brie and Blueberry Waffle GC. Anything with waffles...and blueberries....and CHEESE.

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  6. Another one here for the BBQ Corn and Gouda... omg is it lunchtime yet?

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  7. Picking one favorite recipe was hard! But the Spinach, Artichoke & Monterey Jack Grilled Cheese sounds amazing!

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  8. Spinach, Artichoke, and Monteray Jack looks YUM!

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  9. I wouldn't eat this one, but I'd eat all the other ones for sure.

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  10. febetjeh@hotmail.comApril 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I totally just made and ate a grilled cheese (with fetacheese, yum!) without knowing it's national grilled cheese day! It must have been my sixth sense or something. The grilled ham & brie looks really good, I'm a sucker for classics with a twist!

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  11. Picking just one is nearly impossible. I think the Mediterranean Grilled Cheese is the one I'd be the most likely to make. It combines so many of my favorite things.

    I think a trip to the store for the ingredients for today's post is definitely in order!

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  12. There's no favorite, I'm afraid. I'm dying to try the Mediterranean, the Chile Relleno, Tuscan, and the Hummingbird. Though I might have to sub caramel for the honey.

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  13. That magazine is my new favorite thing. And I have to pick the Sweet Potato and Cheddar melt, duh.

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  14. The Pimento Grilled Cheese, of course, being the Southerner that I am. YUM!

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  15. The Mediterranean GC looks AMAZE.

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  16. spinach, artichoke and jack looks amazing and the sweet potato cheddar looks pretty dang good as well :)

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  17. Perfect timing, SinceI just picked fresh Florida Blueberries! I am in love with Brie and mascarpone !! Thanks you, who would have thought of basil!! You my dear, are a genius!

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  18. HAPPY National Grilled Cheese Day!! Um, this is like YOUR holiday. Hooray!!
    OK, so the sweet potato cheddar grilled cheese sounds yummy!!
    I love your blog and recipes!

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  19. LOVE that magazine, love your blog!! Thanks for sharing. I think the "Brie & Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese" is my new favorite.

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  20. Bbq corn grilled cheese + ice cold beer, for the win!

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  21. Yum! I want them all! I'd probably pick the pimento cheese one since I'm like a granny and consider it one of my all time fav foods but I need to make this blueberry one ASAP.

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  22. Usually I go with a sweet/savory GC but today I am drawn to that BBQ Corn Grilled Cheese. I'm intrigued! Yum.

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  23. My favorite is definitely the sweet potato cheddar grilled cheese!!! p.s. go noles!

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  24. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to grilled cheese, so I think I'd be most likely to make the ham and brie.

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  25. I can't believe I missed Grilled Cheese Day...can I make up for it tomorrow? Plus all of next week? :p Sure it'll be tough but I'm willing to pay my dues to make up for things... :p

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  26. Okay, I'm on the cusp of crying over that blueberry heaven right now.

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  27. The Brie and Blueberry waffles! They all look wonderful. Especially your blueberry bagel recipe for today! Thanks.

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  28. As a Mainer, I approve of this :)

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  29. BBQ corn and Gouda is what I'm eating right now....yum!

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  30. This blueberry bagel looks delish! Where or where is this the bbq corn recipe??

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  31. Brie and blueberry on waffle looks so good!

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  32. Made this tonight for dinner in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day. We also made two others...this was the winner! SO GREAT! Thanks for the recipe!

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  33. I personally love your Gouda Times grilled cheese. But you can never go wrong with some Texas toast, Swiss cheese and some nice sharp cheddar with a side of ketchup! Nom nom :D

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  34. The Grate. Pair. Share. photos are TANTALIZING. Every last one of them!! But if we're getting down to the nitty gritty, I'd definitely have to single out the brie and blueberry waffle grilled cheese as my number one pick. Just as delicious as it aesthetically presents itself. WELL DONE.

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  35. Grilled pimiento cheese!!!! ive used it as a topping on hamburgers but never even thought to make it the star of its own sandwhich! yum

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  36. your Blueberry Baby sounds and looks so freaking good.

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  37. I enjoyed both this entry in your blog, and the entire magazine issue. I admit that I prefer the blueberry/brie version in your blog, to that in the magazine -- in my world, bagels beat waffles (unless it's Waffle House). Your two-page DIY spread was excellent! My choice was a no-brainer: Theme #2 -- any bread is better bred, when it's embracing blue cheese and fig spread. Thanks for this latest blog entry! (and for all the rest, as well)

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  38. I have a hard time picking just one, but the "I am never eating again" sandwhich is my favorite!!

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  39. The BBQ corn grilled cheese is a MUST try for me!

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  40. Oh man. So many to choose from. I would take the pimento grilled cheese any day!

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  41. Holy shit. First of all, this Blueberry Baby looks absolutely incredible. I've pinned it and can't wait to try! As far as what's in the magazine, where to begin? Spinach artichoke & Jack, or the poached pear or Mediterranean or even the standard brie and apple. Mmmmmm!

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  42. The Sweet Potato Cheddar Grilled Cheese looks amazing. I absolutely ADORE sweet potatoes, but only have them when somebody cooks them for me because for some reason they never turn out right when I try.

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  43. Mmmm, sweet potato and cheddar please!

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  44. Hello. Long time reader, infrequent poster. This looks like a winner (not that any of them don't)!

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  45. Um... can I choose them all as my favorite? :) mmm, Grilled cheese... I would have to say that the 'sweet potato and cheddar' as well as the 'poached pear on- angel food cake' (whaaat?) looks very interesting and delicious. I can't wait to try them!

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  46. My Vote- The Chili Relleno=flavorful and perfect for Cinco De Mayo! With a side of posole would be perfect!

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  47. I want to win a cheese basket!

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  48. I hate to admit this but I feel I'm amongst friends...I've a had grilled cheese sandwich for dinner every night for the last month and half. That is all. This is my favorite blog!!!

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  49. Love you on Instagram, LOVE the recipes & your insanely mouth watering photographs, Cheers!!

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  50. That Sweet Potato Cheddar look fantastic. Wish you'd take a quick trip back down here to NSB and create some of your magic on your mom's front porch. We love being guinea pigs...so yummy!

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  51. DAY 12 - Poutine Sandwich - Its got its own set of rules

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  52. i actually took my phone out at a party to show everyone a picture of the pound cake, brie, fig jam and rosemary butter grilled cheese. thats some next level stuff there. so that is my pick for fave recipe of the moment.

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  53. I can't even believe this combo exists... I'm in heaven! You are a grilled cheese goddess!!!!

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  54. grilled cheese goddess!!!!!!!!! this is so creative and amazing

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  55. Two things I love, cheese and spicy. Gimme dat Chile Relleno samich! I've never won anything before but this time I'm feeling lucky. Bring on the cheese!

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  56. First, thanks for sharing this recipe from the magazine. I tried this meal with some Monterey Jack cheese instead and it came out wonderfully delicious. I’m already looking forward to the next Grilled Cheese Day.

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