Strawberry-Cream Cheese Grilled Cheese with Salted Caramel Sauce

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Grilled Cheese with Salted Caramel Sauce
Strawberry-Cream Cheese Grilled Cheese with Salted Caramel Sauce

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 2

    cups granulated sugar

  • 12

    tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into cubes 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1

    tablespoon coarse sea salt

  • FOR THE SANDWICHES:

  • 4

    oz Neufchatel cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4

    cup powdered sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla

  • 1

    teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 8

    slices baguette, cut on a diagonal

  • 4

    large strawberries, thinly sliced

  • 1

    tablespoon butter, plus more as needed

Directions

To make the salted caramel sauce: Pour sugar evenly into the bottom of a heavy 2 to 3-quart saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. 2. Start whisking sugar once it begins to melt. Whisk until all the sugar is melted, then stop whisking. When the sugar turns to a dark amber-colored liquid, carefully add butter and whisk until butter is fully incorporated. Remove pan from heat . 3. Slowly pour heavy cream into caramel while whisking. Add salt and stir to combine. Cool caramel 10 minutes in pan, then pour into a glass jar and cool completely before storing (can be stored in fridge for up to 1 month). 4. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and thyme leaves in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly on baguette slices; top half of the slices with sliced strawberries, then top with remaining baguette slices. 5. Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add butter to pan; swirl to coat. Place sandwiches on griddle and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown . 6. Transfer sandwiches to serving plates; drizzle with salted caramel sauce and serve immediately.

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