The title of this post sounds absolutely awful doesn’t it? But trust me, it was truly delicious in a weird sort of way.
T’was the night before grocery shopping, and all through the fridge, hardly a decent damn thing was in there, save for an avocado and some cheese…(pretty good poem I have going there, I will have to expand on it at some point in the future).
I was starving, and standing in front of the fridge with the doors open surveying what little food I had left wasn’t helping quell the rumblies. So I grabbed my little tablet and googled “what herb goes with avocado and cheese?”
Cilantro was the first and most obvious choice, but I was all out of that. Thyme? none, Marjoram, zippo, hmmmm…the only thing I had was a couple sprigs of basil drooping pathetically in a glass of water on the kitchen table along with the last of the tomatoes from the garden that were starting to wrinkle.
My next thought was what the heck could I do with these? I wasn’t in the mood for Mexican (ha! never thought you’d hear that from me now would you?) as Mexican can be time consuming. I wanted something quick and easy and tasty.
Grilled cheese… I could do a grilled cheese sammie extraordinaire. So this is what I came up with. Don’t scoff at the ingredients, like I said above, it all went together very weirdly.
Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sammie with Basil
2 slices 12 Grain Bread (or any bread, it’s what was in the freezer)
1 Avocado, mashed and amount divided in half
1 small tomato, sliced
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
1 slice Monterey Jack cheese with Jalapeño
1 slice sharp Cheddar
1 tsp Lime juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Basil leaf, torn into little pieces
Mash avocado innards (sans pit) with the lime juice, salt and pepper and set aside.
Butter one side of one bread slice and place butter side down in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Place Monterey jack cheese slice on top. Next spread half the mashed avocado mixture over the cheese. Layer tomato slice and basil next. Sprinkle red pepper flakes overtop and then place the slice of sharp cheddar on top. Cover with the other bread slice and butter the top.
Once the bottom bread is browned, flip gently and cook the other side until the cheese is melted, about 5-6 minutes. Oh, and I bet you are wondering when does the other half of the mashed avocado get used? While the sammie is cooking, grab a spoon and finish it off, I hate recipes that call for half an avocado…ever try to keep one from browning no matter how much lime juice you submerge it under?
Enjoy….seriously, it was deelish! Next time I make it I will have cilantro on hand, THAT would make it an over the top grilled cheese sammie.