Dairy Farmers of Canada

The Simple

This grilled cheese sandwich, developed by chef Ned Bell of British Columbia, is absolutely fantastic in its simplicity. Made with local BC cheeses such as Island Brie and Courtenay Cheddar, this grilled cheese is simple yet unique and satisfying. The Simple is prepared with wonderful, luxurious brioche and served with homemade fruit chutney, which adds a nice sweet and tangy complement to the whole meal.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 40 min
Yields 1 Servings
the simple


  • fruit chutney (recipe follows)
  • 2 (1 cm) 1/2 inch thick slices of brioche or white artisan bread
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 oz (60 g) Island Brie or Canadian Brie cut into thin slices
  • 2 oz (60 g) Courtenay Cheddar or Canadian Medium Cheddar cut into thin slices
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Prepare fruit chutney before making sandwich.

Butter one side of each bread slice and place buttered side down on a work surface.Layer the Brie followed by the Cheddar on one bread slice. Top with remaining slice of bread (buttered side out).

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Cook sandwich, turning once, for 5 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy, adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning. Serve immediately with the fruit chutney.

Fruit chutney:

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen cranberries, ½ cup (125 ml) drained can of diced tomatoes, ½ cup (125 ml) apple juice, ¼ cup (60 ml) red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp (30 ml) liquid honey and ½ tsp (2 ml) kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until thickened. Cover and refrigerate to cool. Taste and adjust sweetness, if necessary.


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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 861 Calories
Protein: 36 g
Carbohydrate: 66 g
Fat: 51 g
Fibre: 3.5 g
Sodium: 1427 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 51 % / 565 mg
Folate: 60 %
Riboflavin: 63 %
Selenium: 86 %
Vitamin B12: 85 %