Rethinking Dessert: 7 Sweet Sandwiches

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When you hear the word “sandwich,” you likely think of PB&J or maybe ham and cheese. My personal favorite is a BLAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato) with a great egg salad coming in close behind. But what about mascarpone, nutella, strawberries and peaches? Ingredients on the sweeter side of things can make darn fine sandwiches, too.

I first had a dessert sandwich at a little market on a drive home from Sonoma. We’d been wine tasting and were likely just a touch tipsy, and the big gooey chocolate brie sandwich on homemade baguette was calling to me. Since then, I’ve spotted sweet dessert sandwiches on a few restaurant menus here and there.

I think the key to not overwhelming the palate is to share these treats with a friend (or, a lot of spots are doing them in mini sizes), and if you’re making them at home to aim for balance: a nice mild cheese can often balance out a tart lemon curd or sweet berries, for instance.

Here are a few stunners from around the web. Which one calls to you?

Try a Recipe:
Roasted Strawberry, Brie and Chocolate Grilled Cheese (pictured) – How Sweet It Is
Nutella Sandwich – Giada De Laurentiis
Peach Mascarpone Sandwiches – Vanilla Lemon
Chocolate Raspberry Panini with Mascarpone – Epicurious
The Bianca – The Grilled Cheese Academy
Dessert BLT – Will Cook For Smiles
Grilled Fruit and Peanut Butter Dessert Sandwich – I Love Peanut Butter
Pound Cake Dessert Sandwiches – A Cook and Her Books

(Images: How Sweet It Is)