Friday, June 22, 2012

Peachy Grilled Cheese

You. Guys. 

Don't you love summer? I know it's officially day 2, but already I'm head over heels. 

Magical things happen in summer. Like vacations. And pretty dresses. And produce so ripe and plentiful it hits you in the face with awesome. 

This is basically summer - in a sandwich. 


Start off with the balsamic vinegar syrup. I used a chocolate balsamic - cause we have awesome friends (Hi Justin & Amanda!) who like to spoil us with gifts.

Boil some vinegar for awhile. Until it bubbles up and tries to escape the pan. 

On to the peaches. Slice them. Grill them.

Then the bread. Butter two slices and grill them. 

Slice up the cheese. Mmmmmm. Fresh moz. I could eat mountains of this stuff.

Now the basil. So pretty! but you need to slice it to ribbons.

Butter your other two pieces of bread. Layer up from the bottom: cheese, peaches...

Then comes the basil... And onto the grill it goes!

Cover it for a minute or so to help the cheese melt faster. 

The vinegar syrup is up next. Slather it on one of the pre-toasted pieces. Then drizzle more over the peaches.

Sandwich the bread together and you're in business!

It may get a bit messy. Have a napkin handy.

Peachy Grilled Cheese
Makes 2 Sandwiches
Inspired by How Sweet's summer pizza  and smash sandwich

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar (I used a chocolate balsamic we had been gifted)
2 peaches
1/4 c. basil leaves, sliced
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
4 slices of bread

Pour your vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and keep boiling, uncovered, until reduced by half-ish. (The vinegar will steam and boil for awhile, and then it will start bubbling and trying to rise out of the pan. Once it starts to do that, it's done). Let sit on the counter to ooze up. 

Slice your peaches into sandwich-size slices and toss them onto a hot grill pan. Get them nice and char marked. 

Take 2 of your slices of bread and butter them. Once the peaches are finished, let the two pieces of bread toast, butter side down, until grilled to your liking.

Take the other 2 slices and butter them, then layer the slices of mozzarella, peaches, and basil on the un-buttered side of each piece. 

Using a spatula, transfer each half-sandwich to the grill pan and allow to cook until the cheese melts (you may want to cover the pan for a minute or so to improve melting).

Slather some of the balsamic syrup on the first piece of bread and drizzle more over the peaches on the other piece of bread. 

Sandwich the bread together, slice and eat!

1 comment:

  1. YUM! I am making this as soon as I have peaches in the house! I've been addicted to caprese paninis this week... this is close to the same thing, but with peaches instead. Sounds delightful! :)