Grilled Cheese for Dessert (…?!)

She gets the whole food- bliss thing.

Yes!  Trust me!

These are pure evil.  Or pure good, depending upon how you look at it.

I knew I wanted to do a dessert grilled cheese for my series on 2012 Food Trends for the Home Cook.  With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, I figured I couldn’t miss with chocolate as a key ingredient.  And I couldn’t help but incorporate strawberries after seeing how gorgeous, sweet, and juicy they have been over the last few weeks…

Mascarpone, Strawberry, and Chocolate Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

1 tablespoon butter
2 slices bread
1 to 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
a few strawberries, sliced
an ounce or so of good quality chocolate

Start by melting the butter in a skillet.  Without even thinking about it, I used salted butter, and it turned out to be: SO. GOOD.   I am a sucker for the sweet/salty combo and that happy accident was a slam dunk.

Meanwhile, spread some mascarpone on one slice of bread.

If you’ve never tried mascarpone before, it’s basically a super-creamy, slightly sweet Italian cream cheese.  It’s delicious!  And it’s carried at most supermarkets, in the gourmet cheese section.

Next just layer on some strawberry slices…

…and top with chocolate.  I’m using 60% cacao, which is kinda in between a semi-sweet and a bittersweet, but I would imagine this would be fabulous with milk chocolate, semi-sweet, bittersweet, or whatever.

Ok so by now the butter’s good and melty, so just take the other slice of bread, and dip it in that buttery goodness.

Set it aside for a moment, and then take the other side of the sandwich, the side with all the yummy fillings on it, and place that in the pan.

Top it with the other piece of bread, buttered side up.  Place it on a low flame and cover with a lid.  This will help the chocolate get nice and melty while the bread slowly gets toasty-crisp and buttery.

Flip it over when it gets golden on the bottom and work the other side.

If lovin’ mascarpone, strawberry, and chocolate grilled cheese is evil, I don’t wanna be good.

This is the third installment in the grilled cheese subcategory of my series on 2012 Food Trends for the Home Cook.  Be sure to check out some of my other posts:

Brie, Pear, Sage and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Enchiladas Mole Grilled Cheese
The Intro to the Series: 2012 Food Trends for the Home Cook.  This post will also direct you to a whole host of other recipes for dishes related to four other predicted food trends for this year: Fun French Fries, More Pudding If You Please, Korean Food, and French Macarons.  Check ’em all out!  Your tastebuds will thank you…

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