Balsamic Roasted Cherries, Dark Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese

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Serves Makes 4-6 Sandwiches | Prep Time | Cook Time

Why I Love This Recipe

Recipe adapted from one found on Closet Cooking

For the Gourmet Sandwiches Cooking Class 107

I got hooked on this sandwich one summer when I had an abundance of cherries. Some days it was breakfast, lunch and dessert! Chocolate and cherries together are a match made in heaven, but add Brie cheese and it's over the top. You can freeze the cherries after you roasted them and enjoy the sandwich all year long!


Ingredients You'll Need

1cup wine — for the cook
3 cups pitted Flathead or Bing Cherries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or cherry balsamic vinegar
4-6 oz. Brie cheese
2-4 oz. Dark Chocolate
Sourdough or Ciabatta bread


Preheat oven to 425. Toss pitted cherries with balsamic vinegar and spread in a single layer on a baking tray.

Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring about every 5-10 minutes. Roast additional 10-15 minutes stirring about every 5 minutes, watching carefully so cherries don’t burn. When they are slightly shriveled up and the vinegar is syrupy, remove from the oven (about 45-60 minutes total time). They will be reduced down to about 1 - 1/2 cups of cherries.

Preheat skillet or Panini grill. Butter bread on one side and place in pan or on Panini grill.

Top with 1/2 ounce Brie cheese, dark chocolate, broken into 3-5 pieces about 1/2 – 1 inch in size, a layer of cherries (about 1/4 cup) and another 1/2 ounce of Brie. Top with another slice of buttered bread.

Cook until bread is browned and cheese is melting, flip and cook the other side (if using a skillet) Serve immediately.

Makes a great breakfast or a decadent dessert!

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