Creamy goat cheese, wild blueberries, and fresh basil combine into this irresistible Blueberry Basil & Goat Cheese Panini Sandwich. Your lunch game will never be the same!
Hello….it’s me. I was wondering if after all this time you’re sick of hearing this reference to Adele.
But I’m ba..ba…back for another killah of a grillah sammich! It is National Grilled Cheese Month after all, so two grilled cheese recipes in the same week is completely necessary. Especially when it’s Recipe Redux time!
This month’s post is brought to you by the theme…
Limpin’ Along for Lunch
Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question head-on with creative ideas.
It’s no mystery that 98.5% of the time, I pack a salad topped with a hodgepodge of ingredients (see the latest WIAW post for clarification), so it would be predictable to share something atop a bed of greenery with you. I don’t like predictable. I do however, like sandwiches. Pressed sandwiches. WITH GOAT CHEESE.
There’s just something that those grill marks on a sandwich that makes this foodie heart of mine melt, swoon, and…okay wait did you say goat cheese?!
I used frozen wild blueberries since they tend to be sweeter, and since they’re a bit smaller than conventional berries, I can fit more of those sweet jewels per square inch of my bread. I’m not a math whiz, but that’s somewhere around the ballpark of HELLUVAHGOOD.
Plus as a new Mainer, I feel it’s obligatory to use the gems of our homeland, but foraging off a blossoming bush on the roadside of a winding backroad along the ocean will just have to wait until August.
So I settled for the next best thing, a bag of Wyman’s frozen wild blueberries. Unlike the picturesque idea of Maine life, picking berries along the ocean with a lobster roll in hand, a bag of frozen Maine blueberries is about as close to that dream as I’m getting anytime soon.
It’s creamy. It’s sweet. Herbacious. And effin grilled. This sandwich is putting it all out there for you. Who’s this salad person who speak of again?
- 2 slices bread (I used multigrain)
- 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries, thawed and drained
- 2 ounces goat cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- Preheat panini press or skillet to medium heat.
- Spread both slices of bread evenly with goat cheese.
- Top one slice with thawed and drained blueberries.
- Sprinkle with basil, and top with remaining bread.
- Spray skillet or press with cooking spray, and add sandwich.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes. If using skillet, flip sandwich and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve.
No if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish giving thanks in the name of blueberries, basil, and goat cheese.
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