Brie & Cocoa Cardona with Bittersweet Chocolate & Bananas on Country White Grilled Cheese (Chef Jason Sobocinski)
1/2 lb good ripe and slightly runny brie
2 cups shredded Cocoa Cardona
2 ripe bananas sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
8 slightly thick slices of country white bread
4 tablespoons unsalted fresh butter
Preheat oven to 350°.
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the brie & shredded cocoa cardona cheese until nicely incorporated.
Divide into 4 equal portions and using parchment paper flatten out to fit atop a piece of the bread.
Assemble the sandwiches by layering bread with the flattened cheese mix, then a scattering of bittersweet chocolate chips, then a layer of sliced bananas and topped with a piece of the country white bread.
Make 4 equal sandwiches.
In a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat melt half of the butter until foaming and place the sandwiches into griddle up.
Allow them about a minute or 2 on the first side, adding the remaining butter and flipping to the other side.
Remove the sandwiches once the bread is lightly crisped on both sides and place onto a sheet pan with a metal rack and into the preheated oven for just a few minutes checking often until the cheese is really melted and gooey.