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
2 pieces of sliced sourdough bread
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.
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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Kirsten WeissSeptember 17, 2013 at 3:52 am
I’m working in Ethiopia right now, and though Ethiopian food is fantastic, now all I can think about is this darn sandwich!
Dana FredstiSeptember 17, 2013 at 11:31 am
OMG, this sounds so wonderful… Dinner and dessert in one tasty sandwich!
shannon espositoSeptember 17, 2013 at 11:52 am
LOL! I would never think to put chocolate on a grilled cheese sandwich but it looks so yummy!
K.B. OwenSeptember 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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!
Catie RhodesSeptember 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm
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
Kirsten WeissSeptember 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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.
Kassandra LambSeptember 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm
I would have never thought to combine brie and chocolate. I’ve got to try this recipe!