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    Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    A sweet & savory Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese SandwichBlackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich by rachLmansfield

    So, I think the last time I had grilled cheese before this was middle school.

    This is probably due to the fact that I’ve never been much of a real “cheese” eater. I loved all process versions of cheese back in the day aka American Cheese, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, etc. But I could also never eat cheese unless it was fully melted. Cheese on a sub sandwich, heck no. Cheese and crackers, ew. Cheese plain, OMG no.

    Currently, I have some issues digesting most dairy products, but goat cheese and fresh grated parmesan are always a tummy pleaser for me. I have personally never seen a grilled cheese that only has goat cheese in it..

    ..Until now.

    I also have never put fruit inside my sandwich (beside PB&J) to make a sweet & savory meal. This Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich is filled with fresh Driscoll’s Blackberries, chopped basil and a drizzle of honey. The flavor combination is unreal and so unique for your tastebuds.

    All you need is about 10 minutes, these easy ingredients and your favorite pan or panini maker, and you are all set. You can also even put it on a grill if you prefer. That would actually be pretty amazing, maybe a summery spin to it!

    I have been making this for lunch and you can also put on some sliced chicken as well if you are looking for more protein. I added chicken to Jord’s and he loved it!

    Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich by rachLmansfieldBlackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich by rachLmansfield

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    Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 7 mins
    Total Time 12 mins
    Yields 2 sandwiches


    • 4 slices of whole wheat sourdough bread (or your bread of choice)
    • 1 1/2 package (6 ounces) Driscoll's Blackberries
    • 1 large bunch of basil, chopped
    • 1 3 ounce package of goat cheese
    • Drizzle of honey


    1. Place 4 slices of bread on cleaned counter or cutting board
    2. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each slice of bread
    3. Gently mash the blackberries on top of 2 slices of bread
    4. Split half the basil between the 2 slices of bread without blackberries
    5. Place each slice of bread with basil on top of the blackberry slices
    6. Heat a medium skillet or panini press and grease well with spray, butter or oil of choice
    7. Place each sandwich on the skillet and press down on each sandwich with a plate or another smaller pan
    8. Let the first side cook for 2 to 3 minutes (it should be slightly golden) then turn over to cook the other side
    9. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes then cut in half and enjoy


    xx, Rach


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  • Reply Mel @ The Refreshanista April 20, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Oh yes! This grilled cheese looks amazing! I made a peach and goat cheese grilled cheese not too long ago. Fruit and goat cheese go so well together 🙂

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    • Reply Rachel April 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you, Mel! That sounds AMAZING. I love goat cheese and fruit! mmm

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  • Reply Medha April 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Blackberry and basil sound amazing together! Love the goat cheese here- it goes SO well with berries, and really any kind of fruit. I just had a blackberry greek yogurt and now I’m craving anything blackberry-flavored 🙂

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    • Reply Rachel April 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you, Medha! The flavors compliment each other so well!! xx

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  • Reply Maria Teresa August 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m really into mixing savory & sweet these days…Can’t wait to make! I normally refrain from eating non-paleo approved bread; to your knowledge, does sourdough have more nutritional value than other breads??

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