The time has come. Out with the old and in with the new.
For the past 5 years, I have been driving a black 2004 Mazda 6. He holds my heart. His name is Thrasher, and he and I have been through a lot together. Late night drives. Private conversations. Loud music. Road trips. Friendships. Awkward moments. Hysterical laughing. Total and complete mental breakdowns. Thrasher has seen it all.
Saturday, however, I got a new car. Thrasher was having some problems… He wasn’t shifting from Park to Drive, which is a prettttty big deal, if you ask me. After getting stuck at school a few too many times, it was time for something more reliable. So, the family has been on a “Find the Perfect Car” scavenger hunt for the last 10 days.
And then… we found it. Well, my dad found it. A sparkly grey 2010 Honda Civic. Beautiful, sleek, perfect. I think I have officially named him Burke.
So speaking of out with the old and in with the new… this sandwich is just that. Grilled cheese sandwiches, while classic, are a bit outdated. In today’s culinary world, we need multiple tastes and textures and smells to please our taste buds and appetite.
This sandwich has the creaminess of goat cheese and avocado, the crispiness of whole grain bread, the smoothness of melted cheese and spinach, and the cilantro pesto brings it all together with a certain freshness.
You will never make an ordinary grilled cheese again, people. Trust me. Embrace the change.
Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
Adapted slightly from Tastespotting
2 pieces whole wheat bread, toasted
3 tbsp cilantro pesto (below)
2 slices provolone cheese
2 tbsp goat cheese, crumbled
Handful of spinach
Adjust ingredients according to texture preference.
1/4 c fresh cilantro
1/8 c olive oil
1/8 c parmesan cheese
3 tbsp lemon juice
1. Assemble sandwich by spreading pesto on bread, topping with avocado, provolone cheese, goat cheese, and spinach.
2. Place sandwich on sprayed skillet over medium heat and cook until melting, flipping occasionally.