Fruity Grilled Cheese Sandwich

"Fiddling around in the kitchen, I was looking for a protein rich snack prior to working out. This sandwich was the result and seemed worth posting. If you think it sounds strange consider the delicious and popular appetizer of baked brie in puff pastry and dried fruit. This is a deconstructed and reconstructed version for one. My version used reduced fat ingredients, but you can use the full fat versions if you like."
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  • 2 slices reduced-calorie whole wheat bread
  • 1 12 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced (another mild flavored semi-soft cheese such as provolone would also work)
  • 1 tablespoon apricot fruit spread or 1 tablespoon apricot preserves
  • butter-flavored cooking spray or 1 teaspoon butter


  • Spread apricot spread on top of one slice of bread, top with cheese and the second slice of bread.
  • Apply light coat of cooking spray to the exterior of bread slices.
  • Place on indoor grill or panini press for 2-3 minutes until bread is crispy and cheese is melted. Serve.

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  1. This is an excellent sandwich! The BF doesn't even like anything apricot, and he thought it was delicious too. I made it with Smucker's apricot spread and brick cheese. Puts a whole new spin on plain old grilled cheese, especially for the summertime! Next time I may try muenster cheese with raspberry preserves and cheddar with strawberry spread, though it'll be hard to venture away from this combo. Maybe monterey jack with blackberry...
  2. OUTSTANDING SANDWICH, REALLY OUTSTANDING! Made the recipe exactly as written (well, I doubled it, for 2 of us!) & this sandwich is amazingly satisfying! What I'd like to do another time is to have an assortment of preserves on the counter along with a number of different cheeses, so that guests can decide their own combo before the grilling is done ~ Sort of like a salad bar where you get to pick & choose what goes in! Thanks for a great keeper! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Potluck tag]
  3. What a great grilled cheese twist. I had it for breakfast today! I used fresh mozzarella which was very mild, but also very creamy, it made for a very yummy sandwhich. The combination of the apricot preserves and cheese was very good :)
  4. This was SO good, could not believe how tasty. I used provolone on Alvarado Street Bakery 100% Whole Grain Bread with Dickinson's Pure Patterson Apricot preserves - JUST AWESOME :) Thanks Toni for the great sandwich idea. I'll be trying different combos in the future. Made for Potluck Tag, Dec 2008.
  5. So wrong but so right! I used reduced fat mozzarella and sugar free apricot preserves to make it a little less sinful. It tasted heavenly though and I am sure a load of different flavors of preserves would work well with it. Made for PAC Spring 2008.


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