Chocolate and Cheese Panini

by Jill Chen on February 10, 2013

in All Recipes, Bread, Cheese, Desserts

Grilled cheese with chocolate and strawberries

Love means never having to apologize for needing a bit of chocolate every single afternoon. Dark or milk chocolate will do, and it’s even better paired with cheese or fruit or both. Jill satisfies my craving with this perfect pairing of a mild soft cheese with chocolate and strawberries. I know it would impress at Valentine’s Day served with a little sweet wine – perhaps a sparkling rose. If you’re looking for a chocolate for your next panini, we have a new favorite in the Eat Boutique Shop. Happy, almost, Valentine’s Day! -Maggie

How do I love thee? I show them with grilled cheese and chocolate. It sounds weird, but it’s really a rich, gooey, decadent dessert disguised as a sandwich. It’s also a breeze to assemble, leaving your more time to snuggle with your Valentine and open presents!

Strawberry Chocolate Brie Sandwich

Begin by buttering the outside your favorite sandwich bread.

Bread and Butter

Add brie, ricotta or mascarpone cheese.

Brie Cheese

Top the cheese with in the best quality chocolate you can get your hands on.

Dark Chocolate

Tuck in some strawberries, or any fruit you like, or even a spoonful of preserves.

Brie Chocolate and Strawberry Sandwich

Grill on medium-low heat and flip over carefully to toast the other side.

Grilled cheese with chocolate and strawberries

Serve immediately while it’s all hot and gooey. Warning: it’s messy, but in a really good way.

Grilled cheese with chocolate and strawberries

Chocolate and Cheese Panini


  • Favorite sandwich bread
  • 3-4 ounces of brie (or ricotta or mascarpone)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Strawberries (or favorite fruit or preserves)
  • Butter


  1. Butter the outside slices of bread for your sandwich. Lay on cutting board, buttered slices facing down.
  2. Layer slices of brie, chunks of chocolate, and strawberries on the non-buttered sides of the bread and close the sandwich, buttered slices facing out.
  3. Place sandwich, buttered side down, onto a pan over medium low heat. Flip over when one side is toasted and repeat with the other side.
  4. Cook until cheese and chocolate are melted and then serve immediately.

Grilled cheese with chocolate and strawberries

Photos styled and taken by Jill Chen/Freestyle Farm

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Jill Chen

Jill Chen, photographer, graphic designer, and urban farmer resides in Toronto, Canada with her chickens and mini pet pig named Henry. After running a design studio for twenty years, Jill gave it all up for a simpler way of living. When she's not making food or photographing food, she's growing food with the goal of being self-sustaining with year-round organic produce, despite the harsh Canadian winter. Charcuterie, wine-making, mushroom cultivation, aquaponics and shrimp farming are just a few of the projects on her plate right now. You can follow Jill's blog, Freestyle Farm, for beautiful photos that will inspire you to cook or grow something.

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  • Jen B

    This is the only reason I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day!

  • Hannah Hearsey

    That looks amazing. I love brie and grape sandwiches but I think this will take things to a whole new level!

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