Grilled cheese sandwiches are the mouthwatering stuff of dreams. This craving-worthy comfort food is a quick fix for lunch or dinner (perhaps even breakfast if you prefer decadent mornings). While the classic cheddar-and-bread combination is a reliable go-to, there is an untapped well of fixings that can turn the simple grilled cheese sandwich into a gourmet treat.
Lucky for us experimental folk, the warmer-weather seasons yield a bounty of fruit that pairs well with a number of cheeses. Mozzarella or fresh goat cheese can benefit from the tartness and acidity of aromatic plums or yellow peaches. Funkier varieties like Stilton or aged Gouda are delicious with sweet grapes or crunchy apples. Get creative and dress the sandwich in additional herbs, condiments, and other fun pantry items. Then watch lustfully as everything melts between two slices of perfectly pan-grilled bread.
Here are a few magical, fruity grilled cheese pairings that you’re going to love this summer.
Ricotta and Strawberry Grilled Cheese
What pairs well with ricotta cheese also works smashingly in a sandwich. Here, we sliced fresh strawberries and layered in the ricotta, topping it off with a drizzle of honey for a fresh new take on grilled cheese. We also tossed in some toasted almonds to give it crunch.
Gouda and Pear Grilled Cheese
Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese
Ham, Fig, and Swiss Grilled Cheese
Mozzarella and Peaches Grilled Cheese
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This story was originally published on July 25, 2016, and has since been updated.