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Alice's Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

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Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Who ever said you can't have a sandwich for dessert? Alice begs to differ.

Here’s a rabbit-from-your-hat trick -- with ingredients straight from your pantry -- guaranteed to satisfy the munchies, or any chocolate craving you might have!

Think hot, crunchy-crusted grilled sandwiches stuffed with melty chocolate instead of cheese. Garnish with pinch of flaky sea salt or a cozy shower of cinnamon sugar. Sure, I like mine with a fruity dark 70% chocolate, but don’t let that stop you from using your favorite new artisan milk chocolate, or any other.

No matter how you do it, this spur of the moment indulgence can be dressed up for sit-down company too: cut smaller pieces and nestle them in a bowl of ice cream.

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

Unsalted butter
4 slices sweet or sourdough French bread or firm white sandwich bread
About 2 ounces broken or chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Coarse sea salt (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Alice's new book Seriously Bitter Sweet is a complete revision of her IACP award-winning Bittersweet, updated for the 54%, 61%, and 72% (and beyond) bars available today. It's packed with tricks, techniques, and answers to every chocolate question, plus 150 seriously delicious recipes -- both savory and sweet. 


Photos by James Ransom


Tags: chocolate, sandwiches, baking, how-to & diy, snacks

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Comments (9)


over 1 year ago Deena Kakaya

Oh this is so, so tempting and the pic is beautiful! I make choc banana sarnies in the toaster with cardomom, will try them this way.,,love the salty element x


over 1 year ago EatsMeetsWest

Ooh, I can't wait to try this as soon as I have some good-quality chocolate! For some added flavour, you can add some thinly sliced candied orange peel to the chocolate for a citrus note, or while melting the chocolate, even a chili sliced in half midway, which is taken out just before spreading the chocolate on the sandwich, to add some spice. You can put in slice some strawberries, use two different chocolates on each side ... the possibilities are deliciously endless :)


over 1 year ago JodyAnn

My grandmother always made me chocolate toast. 1T cocoa, 3T sugar. Mix and spread on 4 slices of bread. Add 5 thin pats of butter to each, bake for 10 minutes at 400 F. So delicious.


over 1 year ago Barb

I've done something similar. I've added peanut butter. Instead of the stove, I just toasted two slices of bread. On one side I put some chocolate on there and since to toaster oven is still hot, I slide that piece of bread back in there to help melt the chocolate. While that is going, I spread peanut butter on the other slice of bread. I take the other piece of bread out of the toaster, smooth out the chocolate and put the two slices of bread together. Mmmm...peanut butter and chocolate...fantastic combination.


over 1 year ago Erica

How about cream cheese or goat cheese grilled with the chocolate? And then there's my childhood favorite....grilled peanut butter and bacon, with either banana or honey (or both)???? Yum yum!


over 1 year ago Janel

I have done this a few time with Gruyere and Nutella and served it up with some home cooked oatmeal. It's a great weekend brunch meal..... I've used bananas and toasted pecans for the oatmeal and it was amazing.


over 1 year ago Jane Gardner

What a great idea especially with raisin bread. Mmm! Sharing this with my foodie friends on Google


over 1 year ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Wow, those look like a perfect afternoon snack, wish I had one right now!


over 1 year ago kamileon

Also delicious: grilled peanut butter and honey sandwiches. You'll never look at PB&J the same way.