Basil Balsamic Strawberries & Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese for #SundaySupper

Sometimes I feel like a disappointment to my gender…

Basil Balsamic Strawberries and Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

And it has nothing to do with this amazing Basil Balsamic Strawberries & Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

What I mean is that I don’t like cheesecake.  Doesn’t every woman LOOOVVEE cheesecake?  Aren’t we all supposed to think we’ve died and gone to heaven as we gaze into the dessert case at The Cheesecake Factory?  I don’t.  I like cheesecake-flavored things, I like those no-bake, faux-cheesecake tasting things, I like stuff with cheesecake swirl.  But a big, dense hunk of cheesecake – not my thing.

I don’t like chocolate cake too much, either.  Chocolates, yes.  Chocolate pie, absolutely.  Chocolate cake – not so much.  I know!  Who am I?  Lovely golden cakes or strawberry shortcakes or carrot cakes – I’m all over those.  But sadly, as you probably know by now, these days, at least until baby is born, no cake for me.

So this week’s Cheese, Cake & Cheesecake #SundaySupper left me with cheese.  Mmmmm, CHEESE!  I am all about cheese.  Goat cheese, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese.

I saw this Whipped Feta from Jessica at How Sweet It Is, and I had to make it, though I used a combo of Greek yogurt and regular cream cheese, versus her whipped cream cheese, because that’s what I had.  And then I had to turn it into another fancy pants grilled cheese!  Helloooo cheesy #SundaySupper!

OK, I know I’ve done strawberries in grilled cheese before, but I just love strawberries and feta.  Throw in a little balsamic vinegar and basil, and it was a perfect combination of sweet and salty, with amazing creaminess that just oozed perfectly as you sunk your teeth into the sandwich.  A finger-licking kind of sandwich!  And, to have that contrasting crispy texture, instead of buttering up the bread and potentially making it soggy with all the gooey whipped feta inside, I just sprayed the outside of the bread with olive oil.  Perfect!!

Basil Balsamic Strawberries and Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

Then, just to put it over the top, drizzle with some thick, syrupy aged balsamic, and WOW!

Basil Balsamic Strawberries and Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

Totally Bug- and Hubby-approved.  Well, The Bug had to pick out the basil, because anything green and leafy is totally offensive to him.  But gooey cheese and strawberries – he is all over that!

And of course I had to make some for myself on my  Rudi’s Gluten-Free new line of softer and fluffier Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads…  for dinner…  and for lunch.  Yep, I did it!

Basil Balsamic Strawberries and Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese on Gluten Free Bread

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And check out all of the awesome Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake Recipes at the bottom of this post!

So if you could only eat one of the following for the rest of your life, which would it be – cheese, cake, or cheesecake?

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Basil Balsamic Strawberries & Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese for #SundaySupper
 
Creamy & crispy, sweet & salty, tangy & tart, simple & sophisticated - this Basil Balsamic Strawberries & Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese has it all.
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Recipe type: Sandwich, Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the Whipped Feta:
  • 8 oz. feta cheese
  • 2 oz. cream cheese (I used light cream cheese)
  • 2 T Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 0% Plain)
For the Grilled Cheese:
  • 1 c sliced strawberries
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T basil cut into a chiffonade (fine ribbons)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices of your bread of choice (I used whole wheat and Rudi's Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads)
  • Whipped Feta
  • olive oil in a spray bottle
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, or regular balsamic vinegar that has been reduced to a syrup (optional, but soooo delicious)
Instructions
For the Whipped Feta:
  1. Crumble the feta into a food processor, then pulse until crumbly.
  2. Add the cream cheese and Greek yogurt, and process for several minutes, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to firm up slightly before making the grilled cheese.
For the Grilled Cheese:
  1. Combine the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, basil, and pepper in a small bowl, and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Spread 2-3 T of the whipped feta on each of the eight slices of bread.
  3. Divide the strawberry mixture between four of the slices of bread, and top each one with one of the slices that just has cheese.
  4. Heat a large pan over high heat, and coat with the olive oil spray.
  5. Place the sandwiches in the pan, spray the tops with olive oil, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.
  6. Uncover, flip sandwiches, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until second side is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  7. Drizzle with aged balsamic, or balsamic reduction, if desired (Do this! Trust me!)
  8. Let sit for a minute or two before cutting.

Enjoy!

Basil Balsamic Strawberries and Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

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This recipe was shared with: Weekend Potluck #58

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Comments

  1. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    OMGoodness… what a fun combination! I simply adore anything that blends strawberries and balsamic… plus as a gourmet-style grilled cheese? Love it!

  2. says

    Nope, I have tons of friends that don’t like cheesecake. I only like certain kinds. I guess I’m picky when it comes to cheesecake.
    On the other hand, your grilled cheese sounds amazing and I would totally eat that. I love feta – one of my favorite types of cheese. The strawberries look gorgeous, yes, yes I would totally like to eat this.

  3. says

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of cheesecake either. I mean, I like it, but that’s about as far as it goes for me. I could have a bite or two and leave it at that. Actually, I’m like that with most desserts. I’ll choose cheese course over sweet desserts any day.

    Anyhoo…

    Love the combination of flavors in this sandwich and that whipped feta sounds heavenly! I would eat this over any slice of cheesecake!

    (I can’t believe you’re due in a few weeks…seems like just yesterday you announced your pregnancy!)

  4. says

    You are not alone! I am not a fan of chocolate cake either – couldn’t love without chocolate. Maybe I just haven’t had the right chocolate cake yet. And Cheesecake – there is only 1 flavor that I will eat, and that is rare!!!
    These grilled cheese look amazing though!

  5. says

    I have never thought of pairing strawberries with feta, but now that I see your grilled cheese, I see the magic of the combination!!! A grilled cheese sandwich is one of my favorite comfort foods…and I’m going to have to shake my next one up a bit!!!!

  6. says

    In answer to your question: Cheese. Definitely cheese! I am not a big sweet eater either so your lovely sandwich appeals to me much more than any cheesecake. And that drizzle of balsamic? Genius!

  7. says

    While I do like cheesecake and cake, if I had to pick one for the rest of my life, I think it would be cheese. These grilled cheeses look heavenly. I would never have thought to pair these flavors, but I’m really excited to try it out. (Sad thing is, we just ate the last of our strawberries for breakfast :(. Looks like there’s a grocery trip in our near future!)

  8. says

    I have a total love affair with basil and strawberries and balsamic vinegar. So you pretty much have created my perfect grilled cheese sandwich here because I also happen to pretty darn fond of feta too. I am so impressed by this sandwich! It’s so creative and I’ve never whipped feta before. So I’m definitely making this. I know my girls will love it too so this will be our lunch one day this week! Thanks for another lovely recipe Brianne.

  9. says

    ohmahgaw, Brianne – this sammich! It’s insane! Never have I seen a more creative grilled cheese. These flavours must be unbelievable – I love that sweet ‘n salty, crunchy ‘n creamy combo. And girl, I’m going to ignore the fact that you don’t like chocolate cake ;)

    • says

      OK, well I will take a chocolate cake if it is SUPER fudgy, but just a regular birthday-cake-type texture – nope. I adore sweet & salty, so this was a fun and delicious experiment!

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