Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!

Roasted Rhubarb + Brie Sandwich: Sophisticated Grilled Cheese

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let’s do lunch!

Rhubarb, the sour vegetable most commonly found in tarts and sweets. But let’s just describe rhubarb for what it really is: sour red celery.

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!

It’s rare to find a rhubarb recipe that doesn’t include it’s usual partner in crime, the strawberry. Rhubarb and strawberries go together like peas and carrots; the sour and slightly bitter taste of rhubarb blends well with the ultra sweet taste of strawberries.

But what about the rhubarb on it’s own? Doesn’t it deserve it’s time to shine?

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!

All about rhubarb: when to buy and how to cook

Though rhubarb is most often served in sweet dishes it is actually a vegetable and is in season in late spring and early summer (October and November in the Southern Hemisphere). Rhubarb’s celery-like stalks are the edible portion, which are often used in traditional cuisines around the world. But don’t eat the leaves! Rhubarb plant leaves are highly poisonous and can cause serious health problem. But the stalks? Go for it!

Rhubarb is most often sliced and roasted in the oven, but can also be stewed or sautéed. The plant has high water density, which means it will release water when heat. For this reason it becomes mushy and spreadable when cooked, which means it’s best mixed with other ingredients or used as a spread. And that’s exactly how I let rhubarb shine in this Roasted Rhubarb + Brie Sandwich.

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!

Fun fact: rhubarb stalks are eaten raw dipped in sugar in Norway and Sweden and dipped in chili and sweet spices in parts of South America.

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich: Ideas & Inspiration

The beautiful marriage between the rhubarb and brie in this Roasted Rhubarb + Brie Sandwich is the blend of melted cheese and spreadable rhubarb. The spice of crispy arugula and a sweet addition like fig jam or plum preserves round out the flavor profile of this dish. Crunchy french bread grilled or heated in a cast iron skillet make this the most sophisticated grilled cheese you will ever make.

But be warned: this is not a sandwich for those who do not enjoy bold flavors!

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!

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Grilled Brie & Rhubarb Sandwich

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!

Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let’s do lunch!

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks rhubarb
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 slices french bread
  • 1/2 pat butter or 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 oz brie, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup arugula
  • Optional but recommended: 2 tablespoons fig jam, plum preserves or other sweet spread

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and slice rhubarb into 1/2″ thick pieces. Arrange on oiled baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar and baked about 20 minutes or until soft and mushy. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a cast iron skillet or large pan, melt butter or oil. Spread a piece of bread with rhubarb and lay plain side down in hot pan. Let cook 30 seconds then add 2 slices brie. Cook 1 minute or until brie begins to melt, then top with arugula and other piece of bread spread with jam. Flip and cook until both sides are crispy and starting to brown.
  3. Serve immediately with a side salad or other vegetable.

Notes

There will be more roasted rhubarb than needed for this one sandwich recipe. My suggestion is to make as much as you’d like and enjoy on toast throughout the week!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich
  • Calories: 436

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Roasted Rhubarb Brie Sandwich, a perfect blend of sour roasted rhubarb with creamy and slightly sweet melted brie on a grilled baguette. Let's do lunch!
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