Balsamic Roasted Cherries, Dark Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese
  • Servings: Makes 4-6 Sandwiches
  • 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
  • Butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Toss pitted cherries with balsamic vinegar and spread in a single layer on a baking tray.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat skillet or Panini grill. Butter bread on one side and place in pan or on Panini grill.
  4. 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.
  5. Cook until bread is browned and cheese is melting, flip and cook the other side (if using a skillet) Serve immediately.
  6. Makes a great breakfast or a decadent dessert!
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! (Photo: