avocado and gouda grilled cheese sandwich

Saturday, September 29, 2012 |
I’m going to cheat a little bit this week.  And you are going to be complicit.  Okay?  Okay.  (thanks, you’re rad!)  As you read this, I’m in New York City for KidLitCon (a one-day conference for those who blog about children’s lit), an event that I’ve been looking forward to for a while.  I also managed to miss work on Wednesday with a migraine.  Baking?  Farthest thing from my mind.  In fact, my only food prep this week involved cheese, avocado, and nutty bread.  This is where the cheating comes in (we’re going to pretend that it counts for Weekend Cooking!).


Avocado and Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich

INGREDIENTS

baking spray
2 slices of oat nut bread (or other bread with crunchy texture and mild taste)
1 tablespoon butter (salted)
1/2 avocado, sliced thinly
1-2 generous slices creamy Gouda cheese (mine is from Spring Gap Mountain Creamery, via farmers’ market)

DIRECTIONS

Place an omelet pan or skillet over medium-low heat.


Spread (or in my case, chop!) butter onto slices of bread, and then layer the Gouda and avocado evenly onto one side.  Place other slice – butter side down – on the top of the pile of ingredients.  Squish down a bit with your hand or a spatula, and then spray the top slice evenly with baking spray.  Flip into the pan, spray side down.  Spray (new) top slice with baking spray.  Turn sandwich after 3-4 minutes, or when dark brown.  When grilled to your satisfaction, remove from pan and slice.  Wait a minute for the hot cheese to cool a bit, and enjoy!

Grilled cheese sandwiches and omelets are my go-to dinners when stressed and tired.  You could, of course, make the grilled cheese with any combination of cheese, bread and filling, but this one is pretty freaking delicious (and looks pretty, too).  Besides: avocado nutrients! Okay, now I’m reaching.  Tell me, what are your favorite grilled cheese combinations?


Recommended for: a quick, delicious meal when time is of the essence and simplicity is the order of the day, for that random cheese craving, and a decadent take on an old standby.

Interested in other food-related posts?  Check out Beth Fish Reads’ Weekend Cooking.

16 comments:

Uniflame said...

I would never have thought up to add avocado to my grilled cheese sammy. Must try this!

Beth F said...

I tend to go for cheese & mustard. Then I brush the bread with olive oil so I can pretend I'm making a healthful sandwich. LOL

Your version is so pretty!

And no cheating at all. Weekend Cooking is anything whatsoever related to food; doesn't have to be a cookbook or even a recipe. :)

Chinoiseries said...

Like Beth, I'll go for cheese & (Dijon) mustard, but that's only because I've never tried avocado :D

Also, this totally counts for Weekend Cooking ;)

caite said...

Cheese and raspberry jam. Delicious.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I've never tried avocado in grilled cheese, this looks good.

Memory said...

This sounds soooo good.

I love chevre grilled cheese on rye, or bleu grilled cheese on olive bread. Mmmm.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

YES please. Why haven't I thought of this?

Fay said...

Not only is avocado a new thought, I have never grilled Gouda. Sounds so creamy and good.

Carole said...

Looks like a yummy combination. Have a great week.

Liviania said...

My fave grilled cheese? Probably smoked mature English cheddar, a bit of crisp bacon, and roasted red peppers.

Kelly TheWellReadRedhead said...

Oh man, this is making me so hungry for a midnight snack.

Peaceful Reader said...

Oooh, I love cheese sandwiches, with avocado and sprouts. Great use of a mixture of cheese as well. This is not cheating-this is lunchtime love.

I hope you are having a grand time at KidLitCon-would love to be there sometime!

Alyce said...

Some of my favorite foods there - I love gouda and avocado!

Linda said...

Cheese and avocado is a fantastic combo. Yum!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

This looks incredible! I'm going to try it this week.

Ginny Larsen said...

cheating accepted. i appreciate you and your grilled cheesiness. except now i must have some when you visit here :D

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