Belly in Bliss

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What comforts you more than a warm, gushy but crispy combination of cheese and bread? I honestly don’t know. Maybe cookies right out of the oven, but this morning, I was feeling like I needed to skip breakfast not quite to dessert, but to something savory. Looking outside to this crisp, drizzly, grey, fall morning grilled cheese just called my name.

Naturally, my first step to cooking was to look into what other people had come up with for fun grilled cheese’s that aren’t your typical bread and cheese combination (though that is a deliciously simple meal, I was feeling something a bit more exciting). I found this on one of the many food blogs I follow and got some inspiration.

Opening the fridge, I found some blueberries, hummus, olive tampenede, and bleu cheese. I also delighted in the fact that my mom recently bought pears from the store. Random assortment.. right? That is how the best meals come together.

QUICK CONFESSION before we get into the recipes and magic of these sandwiches:

I have incredibly impatient taste-buds. I rarely can eat a whole meal consisting of one or two things. I find I just get bored. It is an unfortunate fact, however it makes it more fun to cook because then I always end up creating two or three little meals in one!

Anyways, this morning I decided to create two completely different, small, grilled cheese’s: the first is a bit more salty, while the second is sweet, but both are deelicious. Here goes!

HUMMUS, OLIVE TEMPENEDE, AND CHEDDAR HOT SANDWICH:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • hummus (enough to cover one or both of your slices of bread-see hint below)
  • olive tempenede (again, enough to cover one piece of bread-see hint)
    • this can be bought at the store or, if you have olives, just crush them up to make your own!
  • cheddar cheese (thin slices-as much as you want)

Preparation:

  • spread hummus on either one or both slices of bread
  • put a very thin layer of tempenede over hummus (only on one side)
  • lay as many slices of cheddar as you wish before putting the other slice of bread on top
  • turn on stove and place ghee/olive oil/ butter into the pan
  • once completely liquified, place sandwich in pan and cook for about 2 minutes, or until smoke begins to rise from sandwich
  • check that side by lifting it up a bit and peering under
  • if done, flip, if not wait another minute

Hints:

  • only layer a tiny bit of the olive tempenede because it is super flavorful and can be pretty salty (especially if it is store-bought). definitely try a bit before to gauge it’s flavor
  • hummus is a great source of protein, but sadly not a very dominant flavor in this sandwich, so if you don’t like it very much, try it anyway because you most likely won’t even taste it! (for the hummus lovers out there, add a ton and a very small amount of tempenede to be able to taste its wonderfulness)

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BLEU CHEESE, BLUEBERRY, AND PEAR HOT SANDWICH: 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread (see hint below)
  • bleu cheese (crumbled or block, either work fine)
  • blueberries (depending on how big of a sandwich you are creating you may need anywhere from 16 to a large handful)
  • pear (again, depending on how big the sandwich, you can use a half, a whole, or two!)
  • ghee/ olive oil/ butter (whatever type of fat you like to use. personally, I like ghee)

Preparation:

  • cut up cheese and pear both into super thin slices
    • the thinner, the easier it is to evenly stack all three ingredients, so every bite has the same wonderful combination
    • OR you can make bigger hunks and unevenly distribute the three so that each bite is a little variation on the mixture of flavors (wish I had thought of that when I made this..)
  • rinse blueberries (unless fresh from somewhere chemical-free.. I’m jealous)
  • squish blueberries (incredibly satisfying)

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  • put blueberries on bread
  • place thin slices of bleu cheese over berries
  • lay pear slices on top
  • complete sandwich with other slice of bread
  • turn on stove and place ghee/olive oil/ butter into the pan
  • once completely liquified, place sandwich in pan and cook for about 2 minutes, or until smoke begins to rise from sandwich
  • check that side by lifting it up a bit and peering under
  • if done, flip, if not wait another minute

Hints:

  • press with spatula on sandwich while cooking to warm ingredients faster and infuse the blueberries and pear with bleu cheese (that’s why I put the cheese in the middle)
  • for the bread, use your favorite type, but preferably one that holds together easily. as you can see in the pictures, mine was a little crumbly on the top edge, which made it a bit harder to flip and eat, but, obviously, it was still delicious, so I guess it more depends on your tolerance of a messy sandwich

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I hope this helps you embrace these fall days of rain and clouds with joy and warmth. Enjoy! and please leave comments or email me with any thoughts!

Thanks for being here!

~appreciation, acceptance, adaptation~

sýrový

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