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Avocado & Strawberry Grilled Cheese

Yep, that’s right, grilled cheese with avocado…

and strawberries!

I fell so deeply in love with my Pepper Jack & Peach Panino that I was lured right back into the kitchen with visions of other fruit-filled cheesy sandwiches.

Although this grilled sandwich doesn’t have the spicy kick of the pepper jack panino, what it does have is creamy richness from the avocado, juicy sweetness from the ripe strawberries, and of course tons of melted deliciousness from the sharp cheddar cheese.

In case you’re wondering, there is in fact a reason why I refrained from using my much-beloved panini press to prepare this sandwich. I was concerned that given the volume of ingredients between the slices of bread, the filling would ooze out all over the appliance. Silly, I know, but I didn’t want to lose any of those great flavors – and I also didn’t want a huge mess on my hands. In retrospect, I probably should have utilized the panini press; although the sandwich was delicious, the cheese didn’t quite melt all the way through. Next time I follow this recipe, I will morph it into a panino!

Avocado & Strawberry Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • rustic whole wheat bread (in other words, steer clear of too-soft sandwich bread and stick with a heartier variety – I love Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pane)
  • sliced cheese (I opted for reduced-fat sharp cheddar)
  • thinly sliced avocado
  • thinly sliced strawberries
  • cooking spray, non-hydrogenated margarine, or butter

Directions:

  1. Heat a panini press or skillet over medium heat.
  2. Layer the cheese, avocado, and strawberry slices in between two pieces of bread.
  3. Either coat the outside of the sandwich with cooking spray or spread with a bit of margarine or butter.
  4. Place sandwich into panini press or skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and crisp, turning halfway through if using a skillet.

7 thoughts on “Avocado & Strawberry Grilled Cheese

  1. You should definitely enter this gorgeous sandwich recipe in the Cabot/Florida Strawberry Festival recipe contest. You could win a permanent spot for your recipe on the Cabot website and a special gift bag of Cabot products. The winning recipe will also printed in the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival recipe booklet! Four runners up will receive Cabot gift boxes.

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  2. I found this entry of yours when I googled Avocado & Strawberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich (the other recipe I came across first didn’t appeal to me), though yours did. So I made one today for lunch…so delicious.

    Instead of sliced avocado I mashed and spread it on both sides of TJ’s whole grain bread, laid a piece of Havarti Cheese on each side, then put sliced strawberries in the center. I grilled mine in unsalted Kerrygold butter. Voila my Avocado & Strawberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich was done. I will definitely be eating it again, especially in the warmer weather.

    I also subscribed to your blog, and I look forward to more delicious recipes.

    Thanks…

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