Grilled Cheese: The American grilled sandwich of choice.
I am all down for Kraft Singles between bread, and I get that that is what 'grilled cheese' usually means, but the grown-up version of me just hasn't really accepted this as actual food in recent years. The ingredient list is quite long and well, the texture is a little odd to say the least. And I would go for cheddar or colby, but those give me a bellyache. And so grilled cheese became a thing of the past for me.
Until I was scrolling through Blog Lovin' the other day (which is way cooler than Google Reader ever was and you totally need to get it NOW and not later...) and I came across the most delicious looking grilled cheese sandwich I had ever seen: Avocado, mozzarella, and jalapeno-chimichurri. OH YES.
I looked at Erin's recipe (over at Naturally Ella) and thought jalapeno sounded too spicy, and mozzarella too gooey (my stomach does not like gooey cheeses). But the whole concept -- avocados + chimichurri + different cheese -- was a winner.
I didn't even know was chimichurri was but recently I have been seeing it pop up everywhere. A quick internet search shared with me that it is basically an Argentinian style sauce used on top of meat, and another quick look, this time at the ingredients, showed me it is very similar to pesto, with red wine vinegar added to it. Simple, fresh, and I had all the ingredients in the house. Perfect.
I opted for goat cheese because (A) I had it in hand, (B) my stomach doesn't mind it, and (C) the ingredient list was goat's milk, cheese cultures, and salt -- as the ingredient list should be. Grabbed an avocado and some bread, and went to work.
And they were fantastic.
That's the beauty of the blog world. There are so many great things out there. Sure, there are many that aren't going to suit your fancy, but there are some real gems. I have tons of bloggers that I love following -- some for food, some for life, some for no real reason at all other than they share great/random/funny/deep things with me.
Today for the Blog Every Day in May Challenge, I am supposed to profess my love for a blogger, and I am having a hard time coming up with just one. There are so many great blogs out there and even greater people behind these blogs. Those of you who visit regularly (Cassandra / Ana / Lynna ), those who inspire me to strive for more in the kitchen ( Naturally Ella / A Couple Cooks / Happy Yolks ), and so many others...
But there is a group I would like to make a super shout out to: My Sundays with Joy girls. Carrie over at Bakeaholic Mama started the group a little over a year ago, and I jumped in. Little did I know that I would form true friendships from this group, with so many. Not only do we bake together, but we share things from outside of our blogs together. Engagements, moving, difficulties and loss... we have a group on Facebook that shares sweet treats and sweet moments. And I love being a part of a group like that! Wanna know something cool? Joy the Baker is a part of our group (as it IS her book we are going through ;) ) and she takes the time to read what we write and encourage us along the way. Let me tell you -- it means a lot to have one of the most well-known bloggers tell you that your photos are gorgeous. But it also means a lot when other 'small-time' bloggers such as myself offer words of encouragement and help along the way. What a great group to be a part of!!! Thank you, ladies!
AVOCADO – CHIMICHURRI – GRILLED GOAT CHEESE
Recipe adapted from Naturally Ella
SERVES 4 • PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES • TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
- 1 cup packed parsley
- 3-4 large basil leaves
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- salt, to taste
- large avocado, sliced
- 4 oz. goat cheese (soft / creamy)
- 4 slices sourdough
- spreadable butter
1. Make chimichurri: In blender/food processor, blend parsley, basil, and garlic together. Add vinegar and olive oil and blend again, until desired consistency.
2. Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a thin spread of butter on the outside of two pieces of bread. On one slice (on the non-butter side) spread half of the goat cheese, layer half of the avocado, and spread chimichurri on top. Cover with other slice of bread and carefully put into skillet.
3. Let cook until lightly golden on bottom and, using a large spatula, flip. Cook remaining side until golden brown. Remove from heat and cut in half. Repeat to make second sandwich.
(You might have chimichurri left over. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate, up to three days.)
COST: $5.88 COST PER
SANDWICH (2): $2.94