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Pickles and Brie Grilled Cheese

January 29, 2013

pickles and brie grilled cheese

I’m on high-alert.  I’m totally overdue.

I have the distinct feeling that something awkward is about to happen to me. A few months ago I ran into an ex-boyfriend at the grocery store.  It was very early in the morning and… picture a hot mess… that was my hair.  His new girlfriend… picture flawless… that was her.  Ok.  No big deal. It happens… and directly after it happens I’m relieved that I have at least another month before I have to suffer another such awkward moment.  It’s karmic… I get it.

It’s been a few months since my last painful karmic event and I can feel it coming.  It’s like a sixth sense.  I can feel the awkward approach.  I have a feeling I’m going to run into an ex-ladyfriend.  You know, sometimes you’re friends with girls and then sometimes you stop being friends with her because you realize she has been talking some major trash about you for like… ever.  And then sometimes your worlds collide.  And you wish they wouldn’t.  And you hope, at least, you’ve combed your hair.

It’s about to happen to me.  I can feel it.

Oh.  Wait.  Are you under the impression that I get along with everyone ever?  hahahaa.  No.  I have a very short list of people I would like to cage fight.  Totally normal.

pickles and brie grilled cheese

While we’re on the topic of painfully awkward moments that I have no control over, can I come clean about a nervous habit?  I nervous eat pickles straight from the jar while standing in front of the open refrigerator.  Bread and Butter pickles are my vice.

And so this sandwich was born.

ps.  Did I just mention cage fighting?  I’m sorry (kinda).

pickles and brie grilled cheese

Let’s talk about this.

Maybe you’re not the kind of person that nervous eats pickles in anticipation of an awkward onslaught.

Maybe you’re the kind of person who needs to be convinced of the merits of a pickle and cheese marriage.

pickles and brie grilled cheese

Is this helping?

pickles and brie grilled cheese

I feel like this surely must be helping.

Brie cheese melts into the most creamy and delicious cheese glue.  Bread and Butter pickles are an awesome combination of sweet and salty… oh gosh, good!  Pickled onions are sharp and almost spicy.  Creamy, sweet, and spicy… and there’s buttery bread!  I mean… come on!

pickles and brie grilled cheese

Grilled until golden and served with extra pickles, onions, and pineapple orange juice.

pickles and brie grilled cheese

The Bread and Butter pickles are store-bought.  Considering how quickly I go through these things, you’d think I’d make my own jars.  Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles really should get in my life.  I did, however, make my own Pickles Red Onions.  These were as easy and simmering vinegar and sugar and spices.  I used Elise’s Pickled Red Onion recipe from Simply Recipes.

Do what you will.

Pickles and Brie Grilled Cheese

makes 2 sandwiches

Print this Recipe!

4 slices sourdough bread

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

8 sliced bread and butter pickles

1/3 cup pickled red onions

4 ounces brie cheese

butter for grilling

Spread two slices of bread with whole grain mustard.

One the two other slices of bread, spread the Brie (rind and all).  Top with sliced pickles and pickles red onions.  Sandwich the mustardy slice of bread atop the pickled sliced of bread.

Place 1 scant tablespoon of butter in a nonstick skillet.  Turn the heat to medium and melt butter.  Add sandwiches to the pan and cook until both sides are golden brown, flipping once.

Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a clean cutting board for 2 minutes.  Slice in half and serve immediately.  


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  • I have this same experience — I start thinking about someone I don’t like (or want to cage fight, HAAAAAAAAA) and then bam, there they are. Do not like.

  • okay these sandwiches look like my heaven. I also am guilty of eating pickles straight out of the jar, and grilled cheese could be considered my other vice — and with brie?! and pickled onions?! stop it. how could anyone want to cage fight you when you make sandwiches like this?

  • It’s funny. I’ve been noticing that tho’ Shutterbean is the minimalist, b&w girl, and you are crazy colorful patterns “that definitely don’t match” girl, your food pics have been simpler and hers have been busier texture/pattern-wise, lately. Don’t know why this interests me, guess I’m just a visual nerd.

    Awesome work. And never regret the phrase cage fight. It’s a beautiful thing. And makes me feel better. =) We’ll all SO root for you. Go, Joy!!

  • I am all about creative grilled cheese, and this sounds amazing. I’ll definitely have to try it!

  • Pickles & cheese is a perfect combo. When I was in Jr. High/HS I used to make myself a mini bagel with 1/4 cheese square (kid-favorite American cheese slices) & 1 (dill, always & only dill) pickle chip almost every day after school. (Of course I had to have 4 of ‘em each day in order to use the entire slice of cheese, duh.) Heavenly!

  • I just crack up at your posts Joy (the ones that need cracking up at, k?). AND you are on the short-list (think: one hand) of people I know who eat bread and butter pickles!!! Did your mom and dad get you going on that or did you do that all by yourself??!! Love to you.

  • have you ever tried bread and butter pickles and peanut butter? i’m dead serious. even the new york times approves: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/dining/making-a-meal-out-of-peanut-butter-and-pickles.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. really, though, you ought to give it a try. these sandwiches are surprisingly awesome.

  • Oh goodness, this looks so amazing. Sadly I don’t have anything but the bread in my kitchen. You made me hungry!

  • I really hope you can avoid an awkward moment, but I know what you mean about knowing something like that is going to come.

    Pickles and cheese = two of my vices.. :) Thanks for this lovely post.

  • Oh I’ve been eating grilled cheese with pickles my entire life. When I make other people grilled cheese, it is always strange to me that they think using pickles is strange. It’s the only way to go!

  • I love this post.
    This kind of experience is the exact reason I made the rule: No going to the grocery store in your college sweatpants that have been cut around the ankles (especially when you have been out of college for 5 years).

  • OK, so I was kind of under the impression that you get along with everyone because, c’mon, who wouldn’t like you?
    This sandwich, ironically, looks perfect for a girls weekend. :)

  • Grilled cheese. On marble rye. Bread and butter pickles. Oh, my. I like the kind with onions pickled along with the cukes. Totally mid-west lunch. And I guess southern california. Yummy.

  • HAHA! It’s so true. those awkward run-ins have to happen at least a couple of times a year. But you have to remember, you are “Joy The Baker!” So no matter what you look like at the grocery store all of those people should be totally jealous of you. xoxo

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