Har, Har. I had to.
I’m currently all snuggled up in bed, and typing this post a little late for my usual Wednesday post because I’ve just returned from spending my weekend (a.k.a. my blog workdays…oops) at the cabin. It’s my partner’s cabin, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world when I’m able to spend a couple of days out there warming my cold hands in front of a wooden stove. Since there’s no cell service there, it’s the only place where I can really, truly unplug — I’m forced to. And something kind of magical happens when I do. I can hear myself think! All of a sudden I realize the birds are chirping and the wind is fluttering through the trees, and that frequent buzz buzz of my phone’s vibrate alert is a distant memory.
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As much as I’m amazed every day by the power of social media, it really is nice to take a little break for two days. And even though I might feel a little separation anxiety from my blog, I know that the distance gives me perspective, gives me fodder for new posts, and makes me even more excited to get back to work since I’ve broken up the monotony of the seven-day workweek. You with me?
I’m super down with fancy-schmancy meals that I can make in five minutes since I’m usually too tired at the end of the day to spend a lot of time on dinner. A couple of wedges of classy gouda and some thin slices of Proscuitto, and I feel like the dinner queen. Of course, I had to throw some arugula in there, since I’m finding it more and more difficult to eat my vegetables these days and who wouldn’t want to eat leafy greens completely encapsulated by melty gouda and fried bread? I can’t think of a single soul, can you? Your five-year-old doesn’t count.
With some crunchy apple slices, spicy arugula, salty cheese and Proscuitto, and a sweet kick of jam, you’ve got all your flavor profiles covered here and you’ll have a fancy-schmancy dinner on the table in no time. Enjoy
A Very Gouda Grilled Cheese
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 11 mins
Serves: serves 2
- 4 slices bread
- 2 tsp berry jam
- 150 g mild gouda cheese, sliced thinly
- 6 thin slices prosciutto
- half an apple, sliced thinly
- handful arugula
- butter, for frying
- Preheat a sandwich press or a cast iron pan over medium heat.
- Spread the jam in a thin layer over two pieces of bread.
- Layer the cheese, prosciutto, apple, and arugula over the jam. Close each sandwich with a piece of bread and butter on both sides. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the cheese has melted. Serve.
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