Grilling cheese with cranberry & pistachios

Our dietitians' favourite

A showstopper of an appetizer (or dessert!) that showcases the unique qualities of grilling cheese.

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
Yields 6 - 8 Servings
grilling cheese with cranberry pistachios

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cranberry juice
  • 8 oz (250 g) Canadian grilling cheese

Preparation

In a small skillet, toast pistachios on medium heat with 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar. Cook until sugar becomes golden brown and sticks to pistachios.

Transfer to a parchment-lined plate. Once pistachios have cooled, coarsely chop.

In a small saucepan, mix cranberries, cranberry juice and remaining sugar. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until cranberries are tender. Using an upright or hand blender, purée mixture until smooth.

Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Grill cheeses for 3–4 minutes on each side. You can also place cheeses on a parchment-lined baking sheet and grill in the oven, preheated to 450°F (230°C), for 4–5 minutes on each side. Serve hot on top of cranberry coulis, garnished with crispy pistachios.

Tips

Note: the cheese featured in the image of the recipe is Le Paillasson de l'isle d'Orléans. Please note that this cheese is only available for purchase in Quebec.

Cheese alternative: Canadian Halloumi.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 144 Calories
Protein: 7 g
Carbohydrate: 9 g
Fat: 9 g
Fibre: 0.7 g
Sodium: 235 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 17 % / 183 mg
Vitamin B12: 26 %
Vitamin D: 17 %
Selenium: 13 %
Phosphorus: 13 %