Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Meatless Monday: Apple, Cheddar, and Arugula Sandwich

I know you though I forgot about Meatless Monday, but here it is, albeit after the close of business, but let's not split hairs here. I have always been intrigued by the concept of combining apples and cheese.  I was first introduced to this concept through season 5 of Top Chef, which featured my all time favorite contestant, Carla Hall. She made some kick ass apple pie and paired it with a simple wedge of cheddar. ::sidebar:: How she didn't win fan favorite that season is BEYOND me! I mean sure, Fabio was kinda cute and fresh off the boat from Italy, but take away that accent and he loses much of his charm. Carla's personality, however, just could not be beat and she's totally my friend in my head! Fabio could've been my lovah in my head, but it's obvious that he's put on some weight, so I think I'll pass:: But back to the apple and cheese. I remember thinking the combination of apple and cheddar cheese sounded strange and delicious, but soon forgot about it. Fast forward to a few weeks agao, when one of my favorite food blogs, A Cozy Kitchen featured an apple and cheddar crostini.  I was instantly reminded of my fascination with the combination, and vowed to recreate their recipe. But the beauty of my inability to follow directions is that it allows for creative freedom, which is exactly how I created this sandwich.

The foundation of any good sandwich, is the bread. I'm a huge fan of French baguettes, however, finding the perfect baguette is a labor of love that often results in me shelling out $3 for an acceptable, but not exceptional baguette from Whole Check Foods. On top of that foundation, there must be flavor and moisture agents. I ABHOR mayonnaise, but I cherish any opportunity to use dijon mustard. And what would cooking be without a wild card, like say a spreadable blue cheese? Oh yes, I went there.

My obsession with pepper knows no bounds, as I am enamored with arugula because of it's peppery bite. And the fact that's it's a green leafy vegetable packed with essential vitamins and minerals makes it the ideal alternative to water logged, and nutrient lacking lettuce.

Print this Recipe!
1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and thinly sliced
2 oz NY Sharp Cheddar, thinly sliced
1 oz Gorgonzola Dolce
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
Fresh Arugula
1/4 French Baguette, split down the middle

Spread each side of bread with mustard and blue cheese, add arugula leaves, and intermittently layer with apple and cheese slices. And if you're anything like me, top with a little fresh cracked black pepper, and enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. That looks so yummy! It's an unexpected combination, but one I wouldn't mind trying. I wonder how it would taste pressed on a panini grill? Mmmmm..... :)



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