Ice Cream Grilled Cheese PB&J

  • 30min
    prep time
  • 30min
    total time
  • 8

This is the dessert-lover’s dessert. Ice cream made from Tillamook Sharp Cheddar is stuffed into brioche slices, smothered with cherry preserves and peanut butter, and finished off with walnut liqueur. It’s the sweet that’s not afraid of a little savory.

"This whimsical treat is a great birthday party alternative for that sandwich-lover in your life. Fun enough for kids, interesting enough for adults. Pain de mie sandwich bread is slathered with cherry jam and creamy peanut butter, and then filled with a slice of cheddar ice cream before being quickly grilled."

Let's Make This Recipe!

  • For the Cheddar Ice Cream (makes 1 quart)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 1½ cups half and half
  • 1½ cups (6 oz) Tillamook Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For Sandwiches
  • 4 teaspoons Tillamook Salted Butter
  • 16 slices pain de mie sandwich bread (or use brioche, challah, or other rich white breads)
  • 8 tablespoons high quality cherry jam (you can use strawberry or any other flavor you prefer)
  • 8 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 8 - ½-inch slices of cheddar ice cream (see recipe)
  • Cheddar Ice Cream
  • Step 1

    In a medium mixing bowl, beat the sugar and salt into the egg yolks with a hand mixer until thickened and pale yellow. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    Bring the half and half to a simmer in a heavy medium pan over medium heat. Slowly beat the hot half and half into the egg mixture.

  • Step 3

    Pour the entire contents back into the pan and place over very low heat (or over a double boiler). Stir constantly until custard thickens slightly; do not let the mixture boil.

  • Step 4

    Remove from heat, transfer back into bowl and then stir cheese into the custard until it melts. When cheese is melted, stir in cream and vanilla. Cover and chill until cold.

  • Step 5

    Freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, then transfer ice cream into a greased 9x5 bread loaf pan, cover tightly, and place in freezer overnight (or at least 2 hours).

  • Assemble the Sandwiches
  • Step 1

    Butter one side of each piece of bread, then place buttered sides down. Spread jam on inside of one piece of bread, and peanut butter on the other.

  • Step 2

    When ready to cook, remove ice cream from freezer, turn out from loaf pan onto a cutting board, and slice ½ inch thick slices of ice cream. You can reserve these in the freezer until the last possible minute.

  • Step 3

    Add a slice of ice cream to each sandwich, close the sandwich, and grill over medium-high heat in a pre-heated pan just until toasted.

  • Step 4

    Get the sandwiches off the grill as quickly as possible before the ice cream melts. Slice in half and serve immediately.

Recipe By

Heidi Gibson & Nate Pollak

THE AMERICAN Grilled Cheese Kitchen is San Francisco's first and only breakfast and lunch spot that exclusively focuses on serving up everyone's favorite sandwich - the grilled cheese. Key ingredients: fresh fixings and creativity.

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