Banana Foster Grilled Cheese with cream cheese and mascarpone

Photo: Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush

GUYS! I don’t know if I told you yet, but I’m going to be Wisconsin Cheese’s spokesperson for National Grilled Cheese Month (omggg!!!!) and to hype up the buzz, I made 5 new awesome sandwiches that are featured on their site! Here’s the first one of the mix – it’s a banana foster grilled cheese!

I know you’re all probably crying that there’s not a long story about some stupid thing that’s happening in my life (jkjkjkjk) but all I have for you is a recipe today!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL POST ON WISCONSIN CHEESE’S SITE!

Ingredients:

1 ounce (about 1/8 cup) Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese
1 ounce Wisconsin Cream Cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons salted butter, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon banana liqueur or brandy
1/2 small banana, thickly sliced
2 slices brioche bread
Sea salt flakes

Cooking Directions:

In bowl, beat Mascarpone and Cream Cheese together. Set aside.
Prepare French toast batter: In bowl, beat egg, milk and vanilla together and set aside in a bowl wide enough to hold sandwich for dipping.
In skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add brown sugar to pan and stir until sugar dissolves. Add liqueur and bring to simmer. Once mixture begins to thicken, add banana, stirring constantly to evenly coat bananas. Cook 2-3 minutes, until bananas are well coated in sauce. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
To prepare sandwich, spread Mascarpone mixture evenly onto each slice of bread*. Top 1 slice with banana mixture, sprinkle of sea salt and remaining bread slice.
Gently soak each side of sandwich in French toast batter up to 1 minute.
In skillet, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Place sandwich in skillet and grill 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and allow to rest 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
*For a variation, add chocolate hazelnut spread to sandwich before adding cream cheese mixture.

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