Time: 15 minutes. Sarah Van Winkle credits a sandwich from Half & Half cafe, in Portland, Oregon, with inspiring her version. She calls it "unexpectedly delicious." Van Winkle cooks them in a panini press, but we found that using a frying pan reduces the tendency of the strawberry juices to bleed.
2 tablespoons softened butter
4 slices levain (or other hearty, rustic bread)
3 ounces fresh goat cheese, preferably from a local dairy
6 large strawberries, sliced thin
8 to 12 basil leaves
How to Make It
Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Generously spread goat cheese on unbuttered side of 2 slices and cook them, cheese side up, until golden underneath, about 2 minutes. Layer with strawberries and basil. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side up; turn over and cook until golden, about 2 minutes.