As you know I am all alone this weekend while Eric and the guys are trolling around Vegas! So what do I do? Let me break down my days for you so far. Day one, Wednesday, I wake up around 1100 hours and have a cupcake for breakfast. In an uncharacteristic burst of energy I start all the laundry in the house, following up by dusting all the surfaces and vacuuming all the floors. By 1400 hours I have finished all the housework and have leftover macaroni and cheese for lunch. The rest of the day is spent lounging around the apartment – some of it spent watching YouTube, some spent perusing Facebook. Scalloped potatoes provide sustenance for dinner and bedtime around 0200 hours. Day two, Thursday, my day is started earlier around 0900 hours. Coffee is the only sustenance necessary at this hour, unfortunately due to a last minute machine breakdown the straining process must be done carefully by hand. After finally procuring the sweet nectar of the gods I write up this week’s Let’s Cook blog post discussing last Sunday’s kimchi bokkeumbop. Once finished I walked to the nearby shopping center so as to make some kind of human contact. The beings around me, Californians, are a strange sort. They are always ready to rush others, but never in a rush themselves. So unlike the East Coast where everyone is in a rush no matter what, I’m still not sure what to make of their strange behavior. I arrived back at the apartment around 1600 hours and had a slice of flourless chocolate cake for lunch. The rest of the day was spent on Skype with friends from home, reading 1984, and watching episodes of The Office. Until 1800 hours rolled around and I began to recognize a particular rumbling in my stomach usually indicative of the fast approaching time to begin dinner preparations. Due to a lack of friends to cook for there was a dearth of ingredients in my fridge. I was left with the scraps from previously made meals and had no idea what to make of them. Finally it dawned on me. I had all the ingredients to prepare the mouthwatering meal that had been nourishing riley toddlers, lazy college students, and bachelors for ages, grilled cheese.
Pesto Turkey Grilled Provolone
2 Slices Sandwich Bread
¼ Cup Tomatoes (Sliced)
¼ Cup Shallots (Sliced)
1 Tablespoon Butter (Quartered)
2 Slices Provolone Cheese
1 Teaspoon Pesto
3 Slices Turkey Deli Meat
- In a small fry pan melt one quarter of the butter on medium high heat. Sauté the tomatoes and shallots until the shallots begin to turn translucent. Once done, set aside on a small plate.
- Melt another quarter of butter and add one slice of sandwich bread (I used Schar Gluten Free Wheat Free Multigrain Bread) to the pan, allowing it to soak up some of the butter. Flip the piece over and let the other side soak. Grill until lightly browned on each side, then set aside. Add another quarter of butter to your pan and grill the second slice in the same manner.
- While grilling your second slice of bread begin adding ingredients to the slice you set aside. Start with the first slice of provolone cheese then spread the pesto on top of the cheese. Evenly top the pesto with your tomatoes and shallot mixture. Add the layers of turkey and second slice of cheese on top of the tomato shallot mixture, finishing with the second slice of cheese.
- Melt your last quarter of butter on medium heat. Place your sandwich in the pan and cover it with a lid, grill like this for two minutes. Flip your sandwich and grill for another two minutes. Wrap in a paper towel and enjoy!
As you might have guessed from the first paragraph I am slowly losing my mind to solitary confinement. Also, because my coffee maker broke last Friday and instead of buying a new one I’ve been hand straining my coffee. How? Oh simply by precariously holding the machine strainer over a mug and pouring boiled water over it. I should really buy a new coffee machine before I lose it completely or burn the crap out of my hand. Anyway I hope you enjoy the grilled cheese recipe! It’s one of my favorite comfort foods especially with a nice cup of tomato soup. So yummy!