Grilled Vache Cheese with Strawberry-Balsamic Relish


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup  diced fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup mashed fresh strawberries
  • 4 slices of bread – Ninth Street Bakery recommends their Country Loaf
  • 4 teaspoons butter, at room temperature
  • Vache cheese (if you’re unfamiliar with vache: Kat from Prodigal describes it as “cow milk chevre”, a very mild soft cheese perfect for spreading).
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)


  1. Mix together the honey and vinegar in a small bowl and stir in the diced strawberries; set aside for the berries to macerate while you make the sandwiches.
  2. Combine the sugar and mashed strawberries
  3. Spread 1 teaspoon butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.
  4. Place 1 slice of bread (butter side down) on a cutting board; top each with 1½ tablespoons mashed strawberry mixture (or substitute strawberry jam) and cheese. Place the remaining slice of bread on top (butter side up).
  5. Grill the sandwiches in a large skillet (or on a griddle) over low heat until golden on both sides.
  6. To serve, transfer each sandwich to a plate and sprinkle on a dusting of powdered sugar if desired. Serve the sandwiches hot along with the macerated strawberries to spoon on top.
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