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Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Blackberries

This grilled cheese sandwich recipe with blackberries is the reason grilled cheese sandwiches exist.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a thing of beauty, even as a vegan.

That being said, grilled cheese sandwiches are high in fat. So it’s best to limit your intake of them. But honestly, there are some days where nothing else will do. At least for me.

A single, grilled cheese sandwich sits on a square, white plate. It's stacked up and ready to eat. There is a glass with ice and a red drink sitting behind it.

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH CALORIES

I’ll be the first to admit that any grilled cheese sandwich is high in calories. They are not a food you want to eat every night for dinner. They are really more of a “special occasion” food, despite the American penchant for eating them on the reg.

But there are ways to reduce the calories in a grilled cheese sandwich recipe. The first and most obvious is the cheese itself. As vegans, the only thing we can really do is choose from the small selection we have and choose the one with the least fat and calories.

That being said, if you’re going to have a grilled cheese sandwich, it’s best to just make it with your favorite cheese and enjoy it. Don’t stress. Just keep it occasional!

WONDERING HOW TO MAKE GRILLED CHEESE IN THE OVEN?

If you really want to cut down on the calories, there is one other thing you can do. Bake it in the oven! This cuts down on all the grease you would typically add to the pan to cook your sandwich.

Generally, I like to pop my toast in the toaster for a few minutes before I assemble the sandwich and pop it in the oven. It gives the bread a nice golden, crusty texture and gets the bread warm to start melting the cheese. It works pretty well! That being said, it’s definitely not the same as making it in a pan with all that fat. But if you’re serious about cutting fat and calories, the oven is a great way to do that.

If you are a new cook and need more instructions for this, check out this youtube video.

GRILLED CHEESE SIDES

Want a good side to go with your grilled cheese sandwich? Give one of these classics a try!

  • Tomato soup
  • A green salad
  • Some oven-baked fries

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GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH RECIPE WITH BLACKBERRIES

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A single, grilled cheese sandwich sits on a square, white plate. It's stacked up and ready to eat.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe With Blackberries
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A delicious sandwich for special occasions or even just a nice evening in! Note: in order to reduce the fat content, you can toast the bread first and then bake this in the oven at 350 F. for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberry grilled cheese, grilled cheese sandwich
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 582 kcal
Author: Last Minute Vegan
Ingredients
BLACKBERRY FILLING:
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 8 oz. fresh blackberries
SANDWICH:
  • 4 slices whole grain bread (vegan bread)
  • 8 slices Chao Cheese (plain)
Instructions
BLACKBERRY FILLING:
  1. Wash your blackberries and pat dry.

  2. Place the blackberries, maple syrup and water into a small pot and bring to a boil.

  3. Mash the blackberries with a potato masher or fork.

  4. Turn down heat to a simmer and cook until almost all the liquid has cooked down. You should be left with something similar to a very chunky jam when it has cooled a bit.

SANDWICH:
  1. Using either oil or vegan butter, grease the outside area of your sandwich slices.

  2. Place one piece of bread, greased side down, in a skillet. 

  3. Place 4 slices of cheese on the break, breaking it up as needed to get it to fit properly.

  4. Place the second slice of bread over that and turn the heat to medium.

  5. Once everything is cooking nicely, turn the heat down to a medium-low and cover the skillet for about 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on things so the bread doesn't burn.

  6. Flip sandwich as needed for cooking.

  7. Once the cheese has melted, transfer sandwich to a plate.

  8. When the bread is cool enough to handle with your fingers, remove the top slice of bread from the sandwich and spoon on the blackberry mixture. 

  9. Place the bread back on top and serve.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include fats used for cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe With Blackberries
Amount Per Serving (0.5 the recipe)
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 741mg 31%
Potassium 480mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 22g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 21.8%
Vitamin C 28.9%
Calcium 70%
Iron 15.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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