Almost everyone likes grilled cheese. Not my 7-year-old, Ava. She is quite particular and is therefore often my barometer of how well a recipe turned out. When I told her I made grilled cheese for dinner she winced. But I assured her this was a completely different grilled cheese and please, just TRY it. I am not a fan of traditional grilled cheese. You know, the kind that uses those individually wrapped slices of “cheese” that taste like their plastic wrapper. There used to be a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio called The Queen bee that had the most amazing grilled cheese. I can’t remember what delicious blend of awesome cheese they used though and they are sadly closed. That grilled cheese ruined me for any other. Until now.
I recently started making kefir at home. Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that has a bunch of beneficial active cultures in it. I mostly just blend it into smoothies and have made bread with it a couple of times. I wanted to try something else so I decided to make some kefir cheese. That turned out quite well but then I wasn’t sure how I wanted to eat it. It is a soft cheese similar to cream cheese but not sweet. More tangy like goat cheese.
So my kefir cheese sat in my fridge for a week as I contemplated how to flavor it or what to spread it on. Then I saw some recipe somewhere (probably Pinterest as that is where I see everything these days) that made grilled cheese with goat cheese, honey and pine nuts. Click! The lightbulb came on.
I made my grilled cheese with my homemade kefir cheese, local honey and craisins – all on 100% whole wheat bread.
I buttered the outside of the bread and cooked it up on the pan like any other grilled cheese.
It was toasty and delicious with just the right mix of tangy kefir cheese and sweet honey and craisins (which actually have their own tangy-sweet combo). And even the ever-picky 7-year-old asked for more!