Growing up with busy public servant working parents, I spent many lunch hours cooking my own meals. One of my go-to easy school-aged recipes was the famously known, Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Now that I am an adult with a bit of a more refined palette, I haven’t ditched my favourite; I’ve just added a few flavour elements to it. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches can grow-up with various ingredients, today I’m sharing my Honey-Lavender Blackberry with Feta Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and you won’t be disappointed.
You can make these with dried Lavender but I didn’t have any on hand; Lavender Essential Oils is something I use daily and can be added to many recipes for a beautiful complimentary flavour. If you are using essential oils, please make sure you only use certified therapeutic grade (CTPG) as some claim to be pure but have synthetics. A good rule of thumb is if it says only for external use, it likely is not CTPG.
If you don’t like Feta, Goat Cheese would go nicely but you would have a sweeter taste. I like the blend of sweet, citrus and salty elements to this sandwich. Opposites attract? I think ingredients that seem so wrong together are actually a perfect match in the sandwich.
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1 tbsp water
- juice of ½ lime
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 drops Lavender Essential Oils (certified therapeutic grade)
- 8 slices of bread
- ½ cups chocolate chips
- Combine blackberries, water, lime juice, honey, cornstarch and lavender in a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once reaching a rolling boil, reduce and let simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
- On each slice of bread spread butter onto one side (the outside of the sandwich). Set aside chocolate chips and feta for assembly.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Place as many sandwich halves will fit flatly on the frying pan. Spread a layer of Blackberry sauce on each slice of bread, sprinkle a layer of Feta and a layer of chocolate chips. Top with top slice of bread and continue frying, flipping half way, until both sides of the sandwiches are toasted a golden brown.
- Leftover Blackberry sauce can be stored in the refrigerator approximately 1 week.
For more tasty sandwich recipes try these:
- Raspberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast Sandwiches
- Cheesy Mushroom Melt Sandwich
- Margherita Panini