Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Cheese

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This sweet and creamy sandwich makes for an indulgent breakfast or dessert.

Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Cheese
 
Makes 4
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 slices brioche sandwich bread
  • 2 large bananas, halved crosswise and sliced
  • ½ inch thick lengthwise
  • ⅓ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Garnish: confectioners’ sugar, banana slices
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, mascarpone, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon until well combined. Spread cream cheese mixture onto half of bread slices; top cream cheese mixture with banana pieces. Spread peanut butter onto remaining bread slices; place on banana pieces, spread side down.
  2. Refrigerate sandwiches for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat. Add 2 sandwiches; cook until bread is golden brown and cream cheese mixture is softened, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and remaining sandwiches. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar and banana, if desired. Serve immediately.
Notes
KITCHEN TIP- Refrigerating the sandwiches before cooking helps keep the cream cheese mixture from totally melting and running out while the bread is toasting.