Grilled Brie and Gorgonzola Cheese Sandwich

GrilledBrieSandwichI was raised on grilled cheese sandwiches made with chunks of Velveeta, white bread, and tons of butter that were browned in a seasoned cast iron skillet. Yum!

Now that I’m all grown up and have traveled the world, I thought it time I had a grown-up grilled cheese sandwich. So I put together some of my favorite ingredients and came up with a brie and gorgonzola grilled cheese sammich. Salty gorgonzola, creamy brie, peppery arugula, tangy sauerkraut and spicy horseradish blend heartily between buttery toasted pumpernickel and rye.  It’s a grilled cheese sandwich but with a kick.

Grilled Brie and Gorgonzola Cheese Sandwich

(an original TPP recipe)

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

32 ounce jar sauerkraut, drained, excess juice squeezed out
5 ounce package fresh baby arugula, cleaned and dry
8 slices pumpernickel/rye swirl bread
4 tablespoons butter (approximately)
4 oz jar extra hot horseradish sauce
5 oz package crumbled gorgonzola cheese
½ lb French brie
1 tablespoon olive oil
flakey sea salt

METHOD

Divide sauerkraut into four ¾ cup portions.

Toss the arugula with the olive oil and a sprinkling of flakey sea salt.  Set aside. (It will start to wilt, which is fine.)

Depending on the size of your griddle pan, you may need to make each sandwich individually.

Lay out two slices of bread. On the inside of each slice of bread, spread 3/4 teaspoon horseradish sauce, cover the bread with one layer of ¼” thick slices of brie, and top with one tablespoon of gorgonzola crumbles.  Preheat a griddle pan over medium heat.  Melt enough butter to coat the bottom of the griddle. Just as the butter foams, transfer the sandwich halves, bread side down, to the griddle.  Top one slice with the sauerkraut and then the arugula.  Add additional butter to the griddle if you like buttery edges on your bread.

The slow heat will ensure the brie melts and the bread achieves a beautiful golden color. Allow to brown for 3-4 minutes.  Flip the cheese-only slice on top of the arugula-laden slice to complete the sandwich.

This method is easier than trying to fully assemble the sandwich and trying to flip it to grill each side.  A panini machine would eliminate that problem.

Repeat for the other three sandwiches.

Have lots of napkins as this is a finger-licken sammich.

 

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