The Mystery of the Grilled Brie and Chocolate Sandwich

In the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels, there’s lots of magic, lots of wine, and a definite appreciation for food.

But metaphysical detective Riga Hayworth is too busy solving paranormal crimes and being romanced by sexy casino owner, Donovan Mosse, to slice and dice a gourmet meal. So she’s a whiz with the fast and delicious. Grilled cheese is one of her comfort foods.  Here’s one of her most sinful sandwich recipes:

Riga’s Grilled Brie and Chocolate Sandwich

grilled brie and chocolate sandwich

2 pieces of sliced sourdough bread
Olive oil
Spreadable brie
Spreadable mascarpone cheese
Dark chocolate chips
Jam (any flavor, preferably a tart berry)

Heat non-stick skillet at medium-high. Spread brie on one side of one slice of bread. Spread mascarpone on the other slice. Spread with the jam, and drizzle a small handful of chocolate chips on one side. Put the two pieces together in a sandwich and drizzle the outside of the bread with olive oil. Grill until bread is toasted lightly brown and chocolate is gooey.

Riga recommends serving with a full-bodied cabernet or zinfandel. But then again, she’ll serve just about anything with a full-bodied cab or zin.

glass of wine next to bottle

So what’s the mystery? Though Riga is a metaphysical detective, she’s been unable to figure out whether this sandwich is dinner or dessert. (I think it’s a two-in-one).

What do you think? Do you have any simple but gourmet recipes Riga can try out?

Posted by Kirsten Weiss. Kirsten worked for fourteen years in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone.  Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. She is the author of the Metaphysical Detective mystery series.

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7 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Grilled Brie and Chocolate Sandwich

  1. K.B. Owen

    Kirsten, this looks so decadent…reminds me of all the pinterest recipes people post using nutella in their concoctions. I always knew Riga was a fab gal to hang out with!

  2. Catie Rhodes

    What is Ethiopian food like? I’ve never had African food of any type. So I don’t even know what they have. But I love trying ethnic foods.

    I would need 2 of this sandwich. One for dinner and one for dessert. lol

    1. Kirsten Weiss

      Ethiopian food is very spicy. They love ground red pepper – it sits on the table the way we use black pepper. It’s also very meeat-oriented, but the Christian fasting days here are Wednesday and Friday, when they can’t eat meat, so they have some very nice (and spicy) vegetarian selections. My stand-by when I’m in the field is shurro – a sort of spicy refried beans made from chickpeas, dipped in their sourdough flatbread, injira. If you like spicy food and can get to an Ethiopian restaurant in the US, I highly recommend it.


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