Friday, April 19, 2013

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese (Giveaway!)

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

You know one of the first signs of spring and summer in Missouri?  It’s when your ice cold drinks start sweating as if they’d just run a few miles.  Seriously, it irritates me – it’s just one of those things.  Which is why I’m excited, not only to share a new grilled cheese recipe (yes, I am obsessed) but to share a funky drink sweater called Freaker USA.

I learned about Freaker USA through a fun new site called Sweet Relish.  Basically what they do is help connect people with cool stuff.   You can discover, share and save anything cool you find anywhere on the web.  Sweet Relish connected me with Freaker USA and I found out that they love grilled cheese just as much as I do.  So to pair with their fun drink sweaters (which, by the way, can fit over any drink container – even a gallon of milk!) with a fun new, sweet grilled cheese recipe.  They wrote me this note and I can’t get over how cool they sound!

Freaker USA

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

This sandwich could be eaten as breakfast, lunch, dessert or an afternoon snack.  I came home from the grocery store last weekend with a huge container of huge fresh strawberries and let me tell you they are so stinking good right now.  I live for the day when fresh strawberries become affordable and sweet as candy!   I started thinking along the lines of strawberries-and-cream grilled cheese and was intrigued to try roasted strawberries after I roasted grapes last year for a grilled cheese.  Roasted strawberries are definitely my new favorite thing…along with my cool new drink sweater.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

So who wants one?  Use the widget below to enter to win your own Freaker USA!

This giveaway is now closed. 

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Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min 2

The sweet side of sandwiches - fresh strawberries roasted with balsamic vinegar and sugar, sandwiched between two buttered slices of bread with some creamy, sweet mascarpone cheese.


6 large strawberries (or 8 small ones)
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
pinch of salt
4 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
4 slices bread, buttered on one side


Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the hull from the strawberries, place the flat, cut edge onto a cutting board and thinly slice the berries. Place in a single layer on a 9x13 baking sheet. Drizzle on the balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt and then mix well to make sure each is evenly coated.

Roast in the 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until soft and fragrant.

Remove from the oven. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread the mascarpone on the un-buttered side of each slice of bread. Place one slice, butter side down/mascarpone side up, in the pan, top with half of the strawberries, and then top with a second slice of bread, butter side up/mascarpone side down. Repeat with the other sandwich.

Cook both for about 5 minutes per side until golden brown.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sweet Relish and Freaker USA.  All opinions are, as always, 100% my own. 


52 Responses to “Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Mascarpone Grilled Cheese (Giveaway!)”

  1. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — April 19, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    I just roasted some yesterday! Sounds like a great sweet treat!

  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 19, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    What a great grilled cheese and super cute, fun giveaway!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 19, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    Oh my!! This is so full of goodness!!

  4. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — April 19, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    I have GOT to try this grilled cheese! It looks amazing in your pics!

  5. #
    Tieghan — April 19, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Love this Cassie! What and awesome giveaway and even better grilled cheese! Mascarpone + strawberries!! YUM!

  6. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 19, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Love the note!! 🙂 This combination sounds SO yummy! Fun giveaway!

  7. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 19, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    This sandwich is calling my name! I am totally making this . What a fun giveaway! Such a cool product and so practical!

  8. #
    Kate@Diethood — April 19, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    You always make the bestest grilled cheese sandwiches!

  9. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 19, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    What a great grilled cheese! I need to get on this grilled cheese month before it’s over

  10. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 19, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    How cool! I love innovative and unique products. And this grilled cheese, oh my stars!

  11. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 19, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    This is so freakin’ cute! And that sandwich ain’t so bad either 😉

  12. #
    Helene D'souza — April 19, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Oh your sandwich looks and sounds divine Cassie!

  13. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 19, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I don’t even know what to say about this. All I know is that I need it in my life.

  14. #
    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — April 19, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Oh, Cassie-girl. Fabulous combination! Love this. Can’t wait for our strawberries.

  15. #
    Marly — April 19, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    There are so many fun grilled sandwich combinations! I agree with you – I’m waiting for my drinking glasses to start sweating…hopefully soon!

  16. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 19, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Another amazing grilled cheese, Cassie! Love the strawberries with mascarpone! What a fun giveaway!

  17. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 19, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    This is grilled cheese perfection… can’t even express how much I love this!

  18. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 19, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Love, love, love this sammie! You need to have a grilled cheese party, friend!

  19. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — April 19, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    I love your sandwiches! They always looks so tasty.

  20. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — April 19, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Love innovative new products. So cool and that sammie looks TO. DIE. FOR.

  21. #
    dishing up the dirt — April 19, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    I love this sandwich. The combination of flavors is perfect! I need to start making more grilled cheeses!

  22. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 19, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    This is totally amazing, Cassie! I love the flavors!

  23. #
    Aggie — April 19, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever roasted strawberries…I know right??? What am I waiting for? This looks perfect.

  24. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 19, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    What fun flavors! I could totally have this for breakfast every single morning!

  25. #
    Joanne — April 19, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    Drink sweat is the WORST. It’s even worse than real sweat somehow…because then your hands get unnecessarily wet. Yuck. Those freakers sound awesome!

    As does this grilled cheese. Hello. WANT.

  26. #
    jacquie — April 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    never thought about roasting strawberries even though i roast lots of other things – will have to give it a try,

  27. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — April 20, 2013 @ 12:15 am

    I think this is my favourite sandwich you’ve ever made, and that is not something I say lightly because you make some awesome sammies. Love how gooey this looks, and strawberries on grilled cheese are one of my favourite things!

  28. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 20, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I would just love one of these sandwiches for breakfast right now, yum!

  29. #
    Deborah — April 20, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    Cassie – I love these so much!! How I’m wishing I had some strawberries right now for a little late night snack!

  30. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — April 21, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    We have the same flavor buster cravings! Great sandwich and super fun drink sweater.

  31. #
    Tracey — April 21, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    I’ve heard a few people talk about roasting strawberries, but I’ve yet to try it. I have a feeling I’m going to love it when I do! Your grilled cheese sounds amazing, definitely my kind of sandwich 🙂

  32. #
    Rachel @ Twin Tough — April 21, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    These look so yummy, Cassie! Balsamic and Strawberry is my favorite flavor combo! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  33. #
    Sues — April 22, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    Yum!! I had a super similar grilled cheese planned, but with goat cheese instead. But then, I ate the goat cheese…. But I DO have mascarpone in my fridge! This looks so beautiful 🙂

  34. #
    carrian — April 22, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!! YES!! Love, love love this. Pinning it pronto

  35. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 22, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    INSANITY! Somebody hand me a glass of wine to wash this delicious sammy down!

  36. #
    Nancy P.thebittersideofsweet — April 22, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    Love how these have marscapone in them!!

  37. #
    Shaina — April 22, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    That sandwich looks so good with the mascarpone dripping out of it and the strawberries perfectly glazed and roasted.

  38. #
    Colby Skaar — April 22, 2013 @ 11:43 am

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  39. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — April 22, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    What a cool concept and I love the name! Great sammie too 🙂

  40. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 22, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is just too perfect 🙂 I love marscapone!

  41. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Girl you know I LOVE this!!!

  42. #
    Courtney @Neighborfood — April 22, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    Ain’t nothing like a sweet grilled cheese. This rocks my socks off.

  43. #
    Cookie and Kate — April 22, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    Cassie, this is my kind of sandwich! Looks so delicious.

  44. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — April 22, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    Great-looking Grilled Cheese, Cassie! 🙂

  45. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 22, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    I love everything about this sandwich, Cassie! I have to say I don’t think I have ever roasted strawberries, but it sounds wonderful!

  46. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 23, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Only recently have I dabbled in the mascarpone cheese business and HOLY COW, it’s AWESOME. I can only imagine how many incredible flavor transitions happen in every bite of this gorgeous sweet-and-savory grilled cheeese!

  47. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 23, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    What a great combination. I must try this! Awesome!

  48. #
    Elizabeth @ — April 23, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    This twist on grilled cheese sounds amazing! I love mascarpone, I love strawberries, I love balsamic…yep, pretty sure this sandwich was meant for me!

  49. #
    Crystal — April 23, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks awesome! I’ve never roasted strawberries with balsamic before, or at all. Would LOVE to give this a try.

  50. #
    katie — April 24, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    this looks so good and what a cool giveaway!

  51. #
    Cookbook Create — April 26, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    We’re very excited for summer as well. This recipe would make an awesome stuffed french toast, maybe turning the balsamic into a balsamic maple glaze. Yum!

  52. #
    Jeff — May 21, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    Oh Cassie, I knew when I saw this on G+ that I just had to make it and I did! It was sooooo yummy and it felt like I was cheating on dinner, but that’s a good thing! I just had to post about my experience making it and take some horrible pictures of it 😉 but I totally linked back to you a few times over! Thanks again for the wonderful recipe and cheers!

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