Sometimes I feel like a disappointment to my gender…
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!!
Then, just to put it over the top, drizzle with some thick, syrupy aged balsamic, and WOW!
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!
So if you could only eat one of the following for the rest of your life, which would it be – cheese, cake, or cheesecake?
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.
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)
For the Whipped Feta:
- Crumble the feta into a food processor, then pulse until crumbly.
- Add the cream cheese and Greek yogurt, and process for several minutes, until smooth and creamy.
- Place in the refrigerator to firm up slightly before making the grilled cheese.
For the Grilled Cheese:
- Combine the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, basil, and pepper in a small bowl, and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Spread 2-3 T of the whipped feta on each of the eight slices of bread.
- Divide the strawberry mixture between four of the slices of bread, and top each one with one of the slices that just has cheese.
- Heat a large pan over high heat, and coat with the olive oil spray.
- 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.
- Uncover, flip sandwiches, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until second side is golden brown and cheese is melted.
- Drizzle with aged balsamic, or balsamic reduction, if desired (Do this! Trust me!)
- Let sit for a minute or two before cutting.
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This recipe was shared with: Weekend Potluck #58