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Grilled Blackberry, Basil and Havarti Mini Sandwiches


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 I adore warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches especially when they involve summer berries like these Grilled Blackberry, Basil and Havarti Mini Sandwiches.

These playful little mini sandwiches are filled with blackberries, blackberry preserves, tangy Havarti cheese and fresh summer basil. I created them last year for one of my clients and I loved them so much I couldn’t wait until blackberry season to make them again this year.

Blackberries are showing up in our local markets here in Oregon and they will soon be in the Farmer’s Markets. Our wild blackberries will also be ready for picking in the next few weeks. Truly, one of my favorite summer activities is to pick wild blackberries. I look forward to the few days I get to load up my mini step-stool, buckets and gloves and then head out in search of the best blackberry picking spot.

Grilled Blackberry, Basil and Havarti Mini Sandwiches // Karista's Kitchen

During the summer I put seasonal berries in everything. I make these grilled blackberry, basil and Havarti mini sandwiches, I add them to this blackberry and burrata salad, I use them in this Huckleberry Ginger Upside Down Cake, make blackberry barbecue sauce to pair with pork chops and pretty much anything else I can think of.  I even pair blackberries with fish, subbing the blackberries for the blueberries in this RECIPE.

One could say my food is “berry” intense during the summer months. 😉

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!



Grilled Blackberry, Basil and Havarti Mini Sandwiches

Serving Size: makes 24 mini's


  • 12 slices of good quality white bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pint of fresh blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons blackberry or apricot preserves
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 8 slices of Havarti cheese


  • Butter both sides of each slice of bread.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the blackberries and preserves.
  • Pre-heat a grill pan or skillet over medium to low heat.
  • Place a slice of cheese on 6 slices of bread and then top the cheese with fresh basil leaves. Carefully place a spoonful or two of blackberries and preserves over the fresh basil leaves and then top with the remaining bread slices to make 6 full sized sandwiches.
  • When the pan is hot, add 2 or 3 of the sandwiches to the pan, or as many sandwiches that will fit in the pan. Brown both sides of each sandwich, being careful when flipping the sandwich. Continue until all the sandwiches have been grilled.
  • Place the sandwiches on a cutting board and when they’ve cooled a bit, cut them into quarters making mini sandwiches. I like to skewer two mini sandwiches together with a short skewer or party pick and serve. This way they won’t fall apart while serving.
  • Notes

    Originally created for Home By Design Magazine June 2017

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