Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grilled Brie & Pear Sandwich and a Great Excuse to Make One

This grilled brie and pear sandwich is dedicated to National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, which happens every April 12, thanks mostly to bored food bloggers, and cheese industry marketing cartels…I’m looking at you, Wisconsin. 

No matter its origins, this cheesy, savory/sweet, flavor bomb is probably my favorite non-traditional grilled cheese sandwich.

If you’re going to do this, don’t get scared and omit the pepper and thyme. This is required to tip the sweet/savory scale toward the later. Just add a tiny bit your first time, and work up from there. By the way, this grilled cheese was inspired by a cold pear and brie sandwich I had at a cafĂ© many years ago, and I’ve been doing it hot ever since.

Butter is kind of a key here. It looks like a lot, but you want a seriously crispy crust to fully enjoy the soft, warm cheese and sweet pear. So, if you’re celebrating National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, like any normal person who spends any time on Twitter is, then I hope you consider giving this buttery beauty a try. Enjoy! 

25 comments:

Beth said...

Looks like a beautiful harmony of flavors and textures! Is that Tartine Bakery bread? Lucky San Franciscans. :)

Steve Edward said...

I love these. I've been meaning to ask, can I use a few of your recipes in my restaurant? My customers would love them!

Lemming said...

I am going to try this on the 12th! Looks delicious!

Joel Bidnick said...

Chef, would this work as breakfast tomorrow?

blogagog said...

Oh no! You forgot to add a pinch of cayenne! Don't worry, I won't tell anyone. Unless of course you approve this comment. Then everyone will know!

Brian Fitzpatrick said...

What would happen if we applied your "inside-out grilled cheese" method to the outer part of this sandwich? Would that work with brie?

Think I'm going to try regardless.

Paulius Budrys said...

Hi! Can I use dry thyme instead of fresh? I don't live anywhere near a market, just have some dry thyme..

Jason Smith said...

Slow roasted pork belly. Make it happen....Pretty please with a cherry on top.

Kimbo said...

That's a grilled pear sandwich with cheese, not a grilled cheese. But it still looks awesome and I will still make it!

Kimbo said...

That's a grilled pear sandwich with cheese, not a grilled cheese. But it still looks great and I'm still gonna make it!

Christina Hartnett said...

Bwahahahahahaha, "shouldn't National Grilled Cheese Sandwich day be on the 20th?" Yes it should Chef John, yes it should! ZING!

Mary W said...

My mouth watered with the crunch sound! I will be making this on the 12th with proper music and fancy plate. I may even make a cheese head cloth napkin for fun.

Alexandra Main said...

Mmm I want to try this with blue cheese!

Alexandra Main said...

Mm I want to try this with blue cheese!

Dan and Hilary said...

You're on a streak Chef John, cheers for some amazing Spring videos!

BenBarefoot said...

So, you get a lot of requests for sandwiches, do you ever get requests for Fish Tacos?... Bro :)

Blogggg said...

hi chef john, could you maybe make more vegetarian dishes that are not sandwiches or sides?

Chef John said...

Thanks all! The bread wasn't Boudin, but a from a small bakery called Metropolis.

rancholyn said...

Major yum! I must make this tomorrow - thanks

Marjan Radman said...

Hello Mentor,
I would really appreciate if you make a list of tools you are using to educate home amateur cooks.
Something like 1. have to have it 2. nice to have it.
I noticed you are using quality AllC and Cr. pots and pans but that being pricy it would be good to know what is essential.
Thank you

Grams Pam said...

HA! Got "it" about the 20th. (Why does that make me so stinkin' happy?)

WoundedEgo said...

I feel dumb. Why the 20th?!

Chef John said...

Google "420"

James said...

Chef John, Thank you for your inspiration! I saw this video early this morning and had to make it; so, after running some errands this morning, I stopped at my favorite Italian market (Caputo's) and picked up the ingredients. I didn't see sour dough bread, but found a great big crusty round Italian loaf and made this for lunch. THIS IS HEAVENLY! the best grilled cheese I've ever had.

WoundedEgo said...

Exquisite!