There is something about the combination of strawberry and balsamic that sounds romantic to me. A paring of two ingredients that shine so much brighter when they are together, enhancing each others sweetness and adding complexity to any dish. This isn’t the first time I’ve married the two and it is most likely not the last either. In this grilled cheese the preserves are the star, adding so much taste and texture to an otherwise basic sandwich. Although, I don’t actually think there is anything basic about cheese or bread, cause, cheese and bread are awesome! And when combined together, toasted in some butter and served hot…, magic happens. This week is grilled cheese week on the blog and I will be sharing 3 fancy ass grilled cheese sandwiches that might really be magic and they are all vegan!
I noticed that the cheese takes some time to melt and then when it does it seriously melts, almost to the point of being a little runny, so be mindful. I do not know if this is a Daiya cheese charateristic only or if other vegan cheeses are like this, but I will try a different brand and report back. I have to say that the taste of the cheese is pretty legit, as is the texture so if you are a non-vegan who “can’t live without cheese” then don’t. You can have your cheese and eat it too!
Prepare your ingredients as stated above.
For the Strawberry Balsamic Preserves: In a small saucepan, add the strawberries, balsamic and sugar. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium and stire constantly, breaking up the strawberries with the back of a wooden spoon. Once the balsamic has reduced and a nice think jelly has formed remove from the heat and set aside. About 5-7 minutes
Add some butter to a frying pan and melt over medium heat. Add your bread and light toast one side of each slice. Then remove and on one piece of the toasted side layer cheese, strawberry, and spinach. On the other piece layer another slice of cheese.
Add a little more butter to the pan and add the pieces of bread. Cover the pan with a lid and ver medium low heat, start to toast and carefully watch the cheese. After a minute or two add the piece of bread with only the cheese on top of the other half and press down lightly with a spatula. After another minute or two flip the sandwich over and cook another minute until the bread is toasty and golden brown.
Remove from the heat, slice in half and enjoy!