GRILLED CHEESE WITH BRIE AND PASSIONFRUIT JAM
I made these for my cousin Danielle’s bachelorette party and they were a hit. I got two marriage proposals that night because of them. And people were still talking about them for a week after.
When entertaining, taking something simple and making it special really goes along way. As I was planning the menu for the party, I thought about some of my fondest food memories with Danielle. When we were traveling in Brazil, we went to a restaurant that served brie and passion fruit jam for their cheese course. My cousin love it, and I could see why. The two really went well together. It was the perfect balance of sweet and creaminess. So I thought that tasty bite could definitely be translated into a grilled cheese sandwich. I felt it did need a savoury element and the thyme was perfect for that.
I’m giving you the ingredients but the amounts depends on how many you want to make.
Bread – this sandwich is really nice with a rye or sour dough. Even a multi-grain works. It makes it special and a little fancy. You can of course use plain white, but I prefer the breads with grains and seeds.
Brie – in my grocery store they only sell the wheels of Brie, but at Costco I found a brick of Brie which is perfect for sandwich. Cut the Brie into 1/2 cm. slices (a little less that 1/4 inch)
Passion Fruit Jam – This is a little difficult to find. My grocery store had a peach, apricot, passion fruit jam, so I got that and it was really good. If you can’t find a passion fruit jam, a peach or apricot jam will work just as well.
Thyme – fresh, not dried. Take leaves off the stems.
Butter – have it at room temperature
I made 37 of these sandwich for the party. So unless you are making one or two, I suggest setting up a work station.
Butter one side of the bread. Flip over, spread jam on the other side and sprinkle thyme leaves. Place 2 slices of Brie on top and cover with the other slice of bread. Butter the top.
In a frying pan on medium heat, place sandwich in the pan. Cook until golden on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes.