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a whipped feta grilled cheese with cherry tomatoes on a white background

Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

Take a whipped feta dip and combine it with blistered cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, mozzarella, and crusty white bread and you get the best grilled cheese ever!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

For the Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 heaping cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • a small handful of basil and other fresh herbs Don't skip the fresh basil! Use at least 2 tbsp. or 1 tsp dried.

For the Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

  • 1 cup feta cheese* crumbled, room temperature
  • ¼ cup cream cheese* room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices thick, crusty white bread
  • ½ cup mozzarella shredded
  • 4 tbsp butter**

Instructions
 

For the Whipped Feta

  • Add room temperature crumbled feta and cream cheese to your food processor, or a large mixing bowl. Slowly pour in one tablespoon of olive oil while you pulse the food processor or use your mixer. The cheeses will blend and create a whipped, creamy mixture. Remember: your cheeses must be room temperature or they won't blend.

Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

  • Heat a heavy cast iron skillet on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add oil, then stir in minced garlic for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes (watch for splashing!) and let sit for 2-3 minutes until they start to blister. Give them a quick stir and let them sit for about 2 more minutes.
    Remove from heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, fresh torn basil, and any other herbs you're using. (I like to burst my tomatoes with the back of a spoon or else they'll explode when you bite into your sandwich!). Set aside.

Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

  • Melt four tablespoons of butter in the microwave.
    Spread or brush the melted butter on one side of each slide of bread.
    Spread the whipped feta** on the other halves, then top with shredded mozzarella and blistered tomatoes. Top with the other bread slices, buttered side out.
  • Heat a sauce pan on medium heat.
    Once hot, place the buttered sides of the bread down. Cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until your bread is golden brown. Carefully flip the sandwiches and cook on the other side until golden brown.
    Serve HOT! Don't forget the napkins–it can get messy!

Notes

* The feta cheese and cream cheese must be room temperature before you create your whipped feta or they won't blend together well. 
** You probably won't use all of the whipped feta or the butter! I just made sure to include enough that someone using really big slices of bread will have enough. Just spread on a good amount and use as much as you'd like. Any extra whipped feta can be used as dip for chips or veggies. 
Keyword baked tomatoes, dip, feta, grilled cheese
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