Here in the Pacific Northwest summer time is blackberry season…big time! They are everywhere – in backyards, vacant lots, and next to your tent in the woods. If you are a fresh fruit fiend like me, this is absolute heaven, and I’m sure you have tried all of the basics: jams, cobblers, breads, tarts… So here is one more (especially unique) option to add to your repertoire: grilled fontina and blackberry basil smash sandwiches by Jessica at How Sweet It Is. So before you are completely berried-out by the end of the summer, give this one a go.
Fontina + Blackberry Basil Smash Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
makes 4 sandwiches
1 loaf of multigrain bread, cut into 8 thick slices
12 ounces of fresh blackberries
12-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped
6-8 ounces of fontina cheese, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
In a large bowl, mash blackberries with a fork (be careful – they will splatter!) and stir in chopped basil. Heat an electric griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat.
Lay a piece of cheese on each slice of bread, then top with a few spoonfuls of smashed blackberries. Gently pick up 3 slices, brush some olive oil on the bottom, and place them on the griddle or skillet.
Place the remaining slices on top, brushing them with olive oil too. I like to cook these over lower and slowly so the bread gets perfectly golden and the cheese melts, so let each side cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove and dig in!