Welcome to pure unadulterated cheesiness. Pure unadulterated deliciousness. Pure unadulterated awesomeness. I’m realizing I actually have no idea what “adulterated” means. I hope it doesn’t mean gross, because now I’m committed.
Here, my friends, I offer you an Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese. Pure unadulterated, um, lunch.
I’m not sure how, but I somehow ended up with a significant other that hates tomatoes. Tomatoes! The glorious fruitvegetable! But he loathes them. Well, at least, he loathes fresh tomatoes. Especially slices, and especially on hamburgers and sandwiches.
So BLTs aren’t really something we do around here. For one, I don’t eat the bacon, so mine is just an LT – lettuce and tomato. And his wouldn’t have tomato, so his is just a BL. So if I didn’t break out a tomato for just my sandwich, we’re looking at a … lettuce sandwich? An L? Yeah, probably not … unless that’s some fabulous thing I’m totally missing out on, and if so, please share now!
“Is it okay if Hailey has a couple of strawberries from your garden?” My sister asked. My adorable niece turned around and grinned up at me, twinkling robin’s-egg-blue eyes, tousled blonde hair, and red juice staining her chin. Another telltale streak ran down the front of her yellow tank top.
“I guess it better be, huh?” I laughed. Inside, my heart swelled. My garden is finally at the place where it lures little ones (in the most non-creepy way) with its perfectly-ripe veggies and berries, and they can’t help but pluck and snack to their little hearts’ content.
When I was pregnant with our daughter, grilled cheese sandwiches were one of the few foods I could stomach. My guy would dutifully break out the electric griddle and, just about a half hour later, emerge from the kitchen with an ooey, gooey, toasty square of pure bliss.
The first time I tried to make a salad sandwich with chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), I neglected to smash them. It didn’t really occur to me that they’d roll all around and out of the sandwich as I tried to eat it. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty. Just, you know. Awkward.
Was it only a mere six weeks ago that I pinned this absolutely brilliant idea for “pulled” spaghetti squash from the wonderful vegan blog The Blooming Platter? Surely it’s been longer, as I’ve enjoyed barbecue pulled spaghetti squash sandwiches several (several) times since then. An embarrassing amount of times, actually.
Yeah, I’ve decided it’s pretty much the most genius food idea ever. Not only is it genius because it works so well, but taking cooked spaghetti squash, tossing it in some good barbecue sauce, and serving it on a toasted bun is seriously, seriously delicious. Delicious and easy. Delicious and easy and brilliant.
I know I’ve already said it’s all those things, but if I don’t continue heaping praise, my burning jealousy for not coming up with the idea myself will shine through.
I’ve been a little into grilled cheese lately.
Oh, who am I kidding. Lately? Like I’ve ever not been into grilled cheese. Except that I actually usually called them toasted cheese sandwiches, but that’s a conversation for another day.
Because today, I’ve got a round-up of the cheesiest, butteriest, meltiest, and most creative grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve seen lately. Let’s dive in, shall we?
(Man. I’m hungry.)
I love simple recipes, and this sandwich is a perfect example of just that. With only four ingredients – and that’s if you count the olive oil and coarse salt – it couldn’t be any more straightforward. The key is delicious, quality ingredients, prepared well. Go ahead and buy the perfect loaf of crusty bread at the store or your local bakery, but the peppers, you should definitely roast yourself.
This simple, easy sandwich is made up of two thick slices of artisan bread stuffed with a layer or two of olive-oil soaked, smoky-sweet roasted red peppers, sprinkled with a little kosher salt or sea salt.