I’m on high-alert. I’m totally overdue.
I have the distinct feeling that something awkward is about to happen to me. A few months ago I ran into an ex-boyfriend at the grocery store. It was very early in the morning and… picture a hot mess… that was my hair. His new girlfriend… picture flawless… that was her. Ok. No big deal. It happens… and directly after it happens I’m relieved that I have at least another month before I have to suffer another such awkward moment. It’s karmic… I get it.
It’s been a few months since my last painful karmic event and I can feel it coming. It’s like a sixth sense. I can feel the awkward approach. I have a feeling I’m going to run into an ex-ladyfriend. You know, sometimes you’re friends with girls and then sometimes you stop being friends with her because you realize she has been talking some major trash about you for like… ever. And then sometimes your worlds collide. And you wish they wouldn’t. And you hope, at least, you’ve combed your hair.
It’s about to happen to me. I can feel it.
Oh. Wait. Are you under the impression that I get along with everyone ever? hahahaa. No. I have a very short list of people I would like to cage fight. Totally normal.
While we’re on the topic of painfully awkward moments that I have no control over, can I come clean about a nervous habit? I nervous eat pickles straight from the jar while standing in front of the open refrigerator. Bread and Butter pickles are my vice.
And so this sandwich was born.
ps. Did I just mention cage fighting? I’m sorry (kinda).
Let’s talk about this.
Maybe you’re not the kind of person that nervous eats pickles in anticipation of an awkward onslaught.
Maybe you’re the kind of person who needs to be convinced of the merits of a pickle and cheese marriage.
Is this helping?
I feel like this surely must be helping.
Brie cheese melts into the most creamy and delicious cheese glue. Bread and Butter pickles are an awesome combination of sweet and salty… oh gosh, good! Pickled onions are sharp and almost spicy. Creamy, sweet, and spicy… and there’s buttery bread! I mean… come on!
Grilled until golden and served with extra pickles, onions, and pineapple orange juice.
The Bread and Butter pickles are store-bought. Considering how quickly I go through these things, you’d think I’d make my own jars. Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles really should get in my life. I did, however, make my own Pickles Red Onions. These were as easy and simmering vinegar and sugar and spices. I used Elise’s Pickled Red Onion recipe from Simply Recipes.
Do what you will.
Pickles and Brie Grilled Cheese
makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices sourdough bread
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
8 sliced bread and butter pickles
1/3 cup pickled red onions
4 ounces brie cheese
butter for grilling
Spread two slices of bread with whole grain mustard.
One the two other slices of bread, spread the Brie (rind and all). Top with sliced pickles and pickles red onions. Sandwich the mustardy slice of bread atop the pickled sliced of bread.
Place 1 scant tablespoon of butter in a nonstick skillet. Turn the heat to medium and melt butter. Add sandwiches to the pan and cook until both sides are golden brown, flipping once.
Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a clean cutting board for 2 minutes. Slice in half and serve immediately.