Joy the Baker

Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

February 13, 2011

IMG_9508

I’m a lady… and this Valentine’s Day I’m going to treat myself like a lady.  I’ll open doors for myself.  I’ll pour myself the first glass of wine.  I’ll let me eat the last soft french fry.  I’ll drape my coat over a puddle for me to walk across.  I’ll slyly check myself out as I walk by.  Huh?  I’ll buy myself movie tickets and tell me I look pretty today.  That’s how it’s going to go down.  Except… I won’t put my jacket in a puddle because that’s just dumb.  Who does that?  Dummies.

This Valentine’s Day is going to get pretty glamorous.  I’m going to make myself a sandwich, scoop up some olives and drink a perfectly reasonable amount of wine.  Dig it.

love collage

This Valentine’s Day, I’d also like to tell these people that I love them… because I do. I love you Asher, Launa, Lauren, Whitney, Zach, Rachel, Jenelle (you crazy lady), Jill, Kitten and Michael.  I love you all so much.  I love you enough to throw chocolate at you and run away.  Wait… what?  Let’s make out.  Nevermind.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and you.

IMG_9450

It’s a good day to love people.  It also seems like a good day to love olives and marbles and wine.

Don’t confuse olives and marbles in your mouth.  Mistake.

IMG_9460

I’m no rocket scientist. Yea.  Duh.   This sandwich isn’t a genius combination of ingredients.  It is super delicious and melty and green and salty.  So at least there’s that.

IMG_9503

This is the world in which I’ll be shoveling this sandwich into my face.

Cat eats my olives.

IMG_9511

Oh!  And this is what I’m having for dessert.

It’s a banana stuffed with dark chocolate and white chocolate and salted peanuts and shredded coconut. I wrapped it in foil and baked it in the oven.  When I was a kid we would pull this sort of stunt while at sleep away camp, but we’d cook the foil covered bananas in the campfire.  That’s livin.

Also… don’t be alarmed that the baked banana peel will be black.  That’s what happens when bananas peels are baked.  The inside will be a warm baked banana topped with melted chocolate, et al. But… it’s not like this is a fancy show piece dessert.  It’s more of a dessert-for-one sort of situation.

Now this is the part where I give you instructions on how to make a sandwich…. as if you don’t already know…. forgive me.

Spinach Goat Cheese Ham Sandwich

Print this Recipe!

Makes:  one sandwich

2 slices whole wheat or sourdough bread

2 tablespoons goat cheese, softened

handful of fresh spinach leaves

4 slices thin sliced ham

whole grain mustard

fresh ground black pepper

scant 1 tablespoon butter for the skillet

Place a skillet over medium low heat and melt butter.

Spread one tablespoon of goat cheese on each slice of bread.  Top one slice with spinach and the other slice with ham.  Spread a bit of whole grain mustard atop the ham and smush the two pieces of bread together.  Grill on either side until golden brown and delicious.  Remove from skillet.  Allow to cool for two or three minutes before cutting in half.  Enjoy with olives and wine.

Baked Bananas

Makes:  one banana

1 banana

2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoons white chocolate chips

1 tablespoon sweetened shredded coconut

1 tablespoon roasted and salted peanuts

Place a rack in the center of the oven and place a baking sheet on the rack.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the head and butt of of a whole banana.  Slice lengthwise down the peel (not through the entire banana, just the peel) and open the peel, revealing just the top of the banana.

Stuff banana with chocolate chips, coconut  and cuts.  Wrap loosely in foil and place on baking sheet to cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before unwrapping and enjoying straight from the peel.  Get in there.


183 Comments Add A Comment

Leave a Reply

10 trackbacks

Pre-Order!

homemade decadence

The Web Series

bonkers_sidebar

Homefries

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Rum and Coconut
Sweet Corn Pancakes
Roasted Apricot Breakfast
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie
Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Pie
Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars
Homemade Hot Dog Buns
The Ultimate Club Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich

Joy, Recently

Roy Choi’s Furikake Kettle Corn
Apple + Fennel with Pistachio + Apricot
Let It Be Sunday (+Monday)
Fall 2014 Cookbooks!
Baking Bootcamp: Apple Pie Biscuits
Beer Brownies
Let It Be Sunday
Oatmeal Cookie Granola
Vegan Banana Pecan Muffins