pb + jel-brie

Do you ever feel like you complicate things a bit too much?

This week, I was asked to pass on any dietary restrictions I had for a little luncheon I attended. It's always a little weird. I always want to say, "Well, really I can eat anything I want, but I would appreciate it very much if you could have something healthy on hand, because quite frankly, these things come up a lot, and if I have pizza at every single one, I won't feel so good."

But I can't do that.

So I sort of made this half-hearted vegan request, and the super sweet organizer was more than obliging. And I felt like a little bit of a liar. Because I'm not really a vegan. I eat fish and eggs in small amounts. And I generally avoid meat and cheese. And every once in awhile, I break all my own rules...

And at the end of the day, I try very hard to forgive myself...for being overly complicated, for misrepresenting my complex dietary habits, for indulging in cheese...

And I think that's the healthiest thing of all.

Because what else can you say but "yes" when your darling boyfriend comes up with an exciting idea for a very weird sandwich?

Peanut Butter and Jel-brie

two slices of whole wheat bread
unsweetened peanut butter
fruit-sweetened strawberry jelly
brie cheese
coconut oil

Spread a very thin layer of coconut oil on the outsides of each slice of bread. Place oiled side down in a pan and top one of the slices with a layer of brie. Cover the pan, and heat over low heat until brie is beginning to melt and the bread is a toasty brown. Remove both pieces of bread from the pan and spread the peanut butter and jelly on the plain piece. Close the sandwich and enjoy warm and melty!

Honestly, this was really good. Brie is such a delicate cheese, it goes with just about anything. We also thought cheddar or swiss might work really well here. Let me know if you try. And don't feel bad if you do. ;-)


  1. Oh. my. god. I want this right now. I don't blame you for not being able to resist it!!

  2. I love peanut butter and jelly. And I love brie. And I love anything grilled.

    This sounds so good. I will DEFINITELY be trying this soon!

  3. P.S. What exact brand of bread is that? LOOKS SO GOOD.

  4. I'm going to have to try it. It's so wrong, it's right

  5. I'm weirded out but intrigued at the same time. The ONLY time I like brie is when its paired with a jelly or jam of some sort. And by the by, have you seen the chocolate cheddar cheese at Trader Joe's??? WEIRD.

    1. No...I am...intrigued. There is a lady who sells goat cheese at the Brookline farmers market, and she has a chocolate variety...I've never tried it, but knowing her stuff, I bet it's really good.

  6. sometimes the weirdest sounding food turns out to be the best. can't wait to try this!!
    xo TJ

  7. ooh my lord delicious! adding to my Friday Faves that posts this Fri :)

    Love your blog name...so clever!

  8. Loving your blog entries :)
    Found something I figured all of your family would love, but I thought of you for sure. Library of turn of the century cookbooks. The Bluegrass one was fun to peruse. Enjoy!

    1. These.are.AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing...I could spend hours browsing! And you're right...my mom especially would love these. I'll have to pass it on.

  9. God, I love cheese. I'm on a cleanse right now, so nothing but fruits & veggies & a little lean protein for me. Sigh. I repeat: I love cheese.


  10. My mom used to make me grilled PB & J and I love grilled brie. Now time to try this one.


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