grilled brie sandwiches aka the fancy lady sandwich

Monday, March 7, 2011
A few Saturdays ago, I met my Mom, Aunt and Uncle down at a Vancouver landmark, Granville Island.
I love Granville Island.  The husband and I used to live a few blocks from the entrance of it and it was quite common for us to take a Sunday walk along the seawall to visit Granville Island and take a look at all the shops and of course the market.

On this particular visit, we visited a few stores, the most odd being the broom store , which if you know my Aunt, isn't quite that odd that one of the first places we visited was the broom store. Side note : If you are looking for a really nice handmade broom, great place to check out.

With our $60 decorative broom in hand, we were a little hungry. Off  to Bridges, which again is a Vancouver staple. In my opinion, it has the best patio in the city. Of course it's too cold at this time of the year for the patio, but if you ever come in the summer, make sure to go to Bridges, but be prepared to wait. From your prime waterfront patio seat, you'll be able to look at the Granville Street bridge, along with taking a look at the cute little water taxi's going back and forth between the westside and yaletown. Plus they have some pretty kick ass food.

This afternoon began my obsession with making a grilled brie sandwich. I ordered off the menu and when it came, it completely blew my expectations. Thick sliced grainy bread with a smear of avocado mayo, melted brie and fresh sliced tomatoes.

It's the things dreams are made of.

After lunch, I immediately texted T, who is hands down the biggest brie freak I know. I've seen this girl eat 3/4 of a wheel of brie. Oh yeah, she's hardcore like that.

I told her she needed to come over and we would recreate this.

So this past Friday night, with a jug of T's homemade Sangria (she makes a killer sangria), we tackled making a homemade version of the grilled brie sandwich I enjoyed a few weeks back.

Besides my over-zealousness on the brie, turned out amazingly. Creamy avocado mayo with the bit of fresh, juicy tomatoes and perfectly melted brie all squished together with crunchy toasted bread.

Goes down really well with Sangria and girl talk.

Grilled Brie Sandwich
[ inspired by Bridges Restaurant ]

Makes 2 sandwiches.

4 slices whole grain bread
1 avocado
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
4-5 tomato slices
slices from a small wheel of double cream brie

Liberally spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, set aside. Cut open and scoop out the insides of the avocado, add in mayonnaise and mash until well blended. Season avocado mix with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread avocado mayo on unbuttered side of 1 piece of bread, top avocado mix with a few slices of brie and tomato slices and then finally with the second piece of bread, buttered side facing out.

Place sandwich in a non-stick pan over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until cheese is melted and outsides are golden brown. Remove from pan and let rest for a few minutes before slicing in half.

Eat with your favourite brie-aholic with some great sangria.