Little slices of baguette encase creamy melted brie, zippy marinated strawberries, and strands of vibrant basil. This perfect party food boasts an addicting balance of salty, sweet, and tangy.
1cupabout 1/2 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2baguettecut into 1/2-inch thick slices (about 12 slices total)
Approx3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
4-ouncewedge of Brie cheesecut into 1/4-inch slices
3 - 4fresh basil leavescut into strips (chiffonade)
Place sliced strawberries in a small storage container and pour the balsamic vinegar over the top. Toss gently with a spoon and cover (either use an airtight lidded container or cover tightly with plastic wrap). Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours, or up to two days.
Butter one side of each piece of bread. Lay bread buttered side down and cover every other piece with a single layer of brie cheese. Use a slotted spoon to remove the berries from the vinegar, and press three or four slices into the brie on each sandwich. Sprinkle each with two or three strands of fresh basil. Top with a second piece of bread, buttered side up.
In a large frying pan or on a griddle over medium-low heat, cook the sandwiches, flipping often and flattening them gently with the bottom of the spatula, until they’re golden-brown on the outsides and the cheese is melted inside, about 10 minutes total.