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Grilled Goat Cheese and Strawberry Sandwiches

Yield Makes 2 sandwiches
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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 360
  • caloriesfromfat 58 %
  • protein 14 g
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 14 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 4.4 g
  • sodium 573 mg
  • cholesterol 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.