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Pesto Grilled Cheese

I’m a big fan of pesto but I haven’t made some in years.  My family’s not so enthusiastic about it so I don’t make it often.  But because of the typhoon the past couple of days, my basil plant’s branches broke so I figured it’s time to make some pesto since I can’t bear to throw away all those wonderful basil leaves.

This is the first time I’ve made pesto without really measuring my ingredients.  I figured I’ll make it like the chefs on TV who just put enough olive oil to cover the leaves, add about a cup of parmesan cheese, lots of garlic, a bit of salt and pepper and process everything.  I came across a recipe where walnuts are added instead of pine nuts and I did that too.  Pine nuts here are just outrageously expensive.

As luck would have it, we were having carbonara last night so I got some noodles and tried out the result and it was great!  I also added a bit of pesto to my serving of carbonara and it was perfect.  My family however refused to try it.  Oh well, at least I have pesto to use anytime I want.

So, for lunch today, I decided to make a grilled cheese sandwich and use pesto instead of butter or mayo.  I can’t decided whether to have it with tomatoes so I made two sandwiches instead.  Since the bread I made yesterday was a bit small anyway, 2 sandwiches would just be right for lunch.

Doesn’t that look great already?  But of course I’m not done yet.

I also sprinkled a bit of parmesan.  And after grilling…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I never knew sandwiches could be so filling!  Let’s eat!

 

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Sandwiches

 

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Grilled cheese with tomatoes and basil

Looks like I’m on a healthy track this week.  Yesterday, I wrote about oatmeal pancakes.  Today, I’m having a pretty healthy lunch.

It started with a suggestion from friends that I add cheese to my tomato toast which I had for lunch last week.  I decided to try that today.

Unfortunately, we ran out of bread since we finished it off for breakfast last Saturday and I haven’t had a chance to make another loaf.  So I had to bake some bread before I could make my sandwich.

I decided to try something new.  I made some kind of milk bread.  It’s pretty easy, instead of water, I used milk.  It’s a great way to finish off the milk in the ref.

The dough was very smooth and soft and I think this is a good sign that the bread would be soft, too.  I got a bit concerned though when I saw some yeast dotting the surface of the bread as I was shaping it into a loaf after the first rising.  Did I underknead it?  Should I have dissolved the yeast?  Should I have heated the milk?  I use instant yeast and I read that it can be mixed with the flour and that it’s not necessary to proof it.  I guess I just have to wait and see what happens.

It turned out looking pretty decent.  I could see some white specks which was probably the yeast that I noticed prior to baking.  I couldn’t wait for the bread to cool completely before slicing it.

Time to assemble my sandwich.  On one slice, I put some mayonnaise and sliced tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.  On the other slice, I placed the cheese and basil leaves.  I only had some quickmelt but I wanted to try this sandwich already without waiting for the chance to buy some mozarella.

After toasting, heaven.

I think I’ve found my new go-to sandwich.  You should try it!

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Sandwiches

 

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