Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage

Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage / www.loveandlemons.com

When it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches, I think more is more. I say, skip the white bread and American singles and instead opt for:

1. thick grainy bread
2. fancy sharp cheese
3. fresh herbs
4. something sweet or tart, to balance it all out

In this case, component #4 – the tart cherries – are sweet and tart, making this my ultimate grilled cheese. Plus, I like to sneak in superfoods wherever I can.

Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage / www.loveandlemons.com
Tart cherries
(also called sour cherries) have some unique super-fruit benefits. They’re a natural anti-inflammatory as well as a source of melatonin. Nutrition aside, they also just taste really good. I especially love their tangy flavor in combination with the savory sage. And they become deliciously plump and juicy when smothered in melted cheese.

They’re available in dried-form year round – I find mine in the bulk bins at my grocery store.

Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage / www.loveandlemons.com choosecherries

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Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage
 
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Serves: 2 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup dried tart cherries
  • 6-8 sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • drizzle of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Assemble sandwiches with cheese, tart cherries, sage and a sprinkle of chives.
  2. Drizzle outside of the bread with a little olive oil and transfer to a hot skillet or grill pan. Press sandwiches down (using a big spatula, or something heavier - I sometimes set another skillet on top).
  3. Cook each side until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. (4-5 minutes per side)

 


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43 comments

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  2. Christina from butimhungry.com on said:

    While a classic grilled cheese has a special place in my heart, I LOVE this version… can’t wait to try it. We are major grilled cheese lovers up in here!

  3. I’ve been sick for a week now and have to have a solid meal but this looks so good, I’ve almost forgotten my ailments. This would work for any meal too!

  4. Love the creamy cheese with the tart cherries – delicious!

  5. amy from trulyscrumptiousblog.com on said:

    Beautiful idea, i’ve actually got some dried cranberries in the back of my cupboard could also be a good substitute?

  6. Meghan from oatgasm.blogspot.com on said:

    I would have never thought of this, but I am so glad you did. I am all about gourmet grilled cheese, so this is just perfect.

  7. Meghan from oatgasm.blogspot.com on said:

    I would have never thought of this. I am all about gourmet grilled cheese, so this is just perfect.

  8. I love this idea. Tart cherries + sharp cheddar = gourmet lunch. Fantastic!

  9. everything about this sandwich excites me!! i was on my phone when i first saw stopped what i was doing, and immediately made a note about making it. Love, love, love. xo

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  12. Kari from sweetteasweetie.com on said:

    This looks delicious! I love the addition of the tart cherries! I feel like those would go so well with the cheese!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  13. michelle from lovely-little-things.blogspot.com on said:

    Perfect combination of flavors – yum!

  14. Sophia from themissw.com on said:

    Such a great post! I LOVE grilled cheese (who doesn’t) and always enjoy finding new twists – not to mention your photos are mouthwatering beautiful. Great shots!

    Thank you so much for sharing this : )
    xx

  15. Sophia from themissw.com on said:

    Such a great post! I LOVE grilled cheese (who doesn’t) and always enjoy finding new twists – not to mention your photos are mouthwatering beautiful. Great shots!

    Thank you so much for sharing this : )
    xx

  16. Sophia from themissw.com on said:

    Such a great post! I LOVE grilled cheese (who doesn’t) and always enjoy finding new twists – not to mention your photos are mouthwatering beautiful. Great shots!

    Thank you so much for sharing this : )
    xx

  17. Mike from canvasli.com on said:

    I love my grilled cheese. I love my cherries. Combination cheese and cherries? Hallelujah!

  18. Sini on said:

    Yes! Already in love with this sandwich!

  19. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com on said:

    Wow,what an interesting combination! I wonder if a tart cherry jam would work too — maybe one of the jams with herbs that have been around in the last few year? Must try.

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  22. Kathryne from cookieandkate.com on said:

    I am so obsessed with tart cherries! Glad to hear that they have some special nutritious properties. Now I’m wishing I had these ingredients for lunch…

  23. Oh Happy Dane from ohhappydane.com on said:

    OK, I think I know what’s for lunch today! Thanks!!!

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  26. NET-A-DRESSER from netadresser.blogspot.co.uk on said:

    Love this twist on a classic….can’t wait to try it, in fact may have it for lunch today! xx

  27. NET-A-DRESSER from netadresser.blogspot.co.uk on said:

    Love this twist on a classic….can’t wait to try it, in fact may have it for lunch today! xx

  28. I am SUCH a huge fan of fruit/berries with cheese and this toastie looks AMAZING! Definitely going to be having this for lunch this weekend! Thanks for sharing 😀

    Lauren x

  29. Milla on said:

    wow. looks amazing

  30. Milla on said:

    Stunning recipe and very impressive photos, this actually looks better then cooking in Papa Louie’s restaurant games – http://papasgames.us/.. im glad i found this blog <3

  31. Karen from todayiatearainbow.com on said:

    I know this recipe will be awesome – I like to make mine the same way, but hadn’t thought about dried cherries before. Cheese and fruit always a good combo – expect this flavor combination to be a keeper. Thanks for the recipe.

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  35. Kathleen on said:

    This sounds really nice 😉 I don’t use sage much but I know it’s quite savory so it would be a good contrast to the cherries. Thanks for sharing 😉

  36. PN from thedesklunchchef.tumblr.com on said:

    I had it at work for lunch today and it was really simple and yummy! I grilled the sandwich in the oven instead of in the skillet but it still worked well!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      so glad you liked it!

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  38. CAROLYN Walker on said:

    Would fresh cherries work? ?

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