Monday, July 22, 2013

Grilled Goat Cheese & Cucumber Sandwich

We have had a lot of rain this summer.  We planted our garden at the end of May - eggplant, cucumber, tomatoes, basil, cilantro and sage - and it has grown amazingly well without much help from us!

This is what it looked like right after we planted everything:

We barely watered it because it rained so much:

Then on July 4th we came back to check on it and this is what it looked like:

There were already FIVE full grown cucumbers ready to be picked:

The easiest yummy thing to do with cucumber is add it to ice water.  It makes it so much easier to drink water throughout the day when it tastes so good.

I could never drink enough cucumber water before they all went bad so I found some new recipes to try out.  My favorite was the Grilled Goat Cheese & Cucumber Sandwich.

Sourdough bread (or your bread of choice)
1 small package plain goat cheese — leave this out for an hour or so to reach room temperature
1 cucumber
Olive oil

1.  Slice the bread about 1/2" thick.

2.  Cut the cucumber into 1/8" slices.

3.  Heat a skillet over the stove — first at high heat to get the pan very hot, but then reduce the flame all the way to low.
4.  Using a pastry brush, lightly coat one side of each slice of bread.

5.  Spread a healthy layer of goat cheese on the dry side of the bottom slice and a thin layer on the dry side of the top slice.

6.  Arrange your cucumber slices on top of the goat cheese on one slice of bread.

7.  Place the first half of your sandwich on the skillet, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, if you like.  Our cheese was a "three pepper blend" so I didn't add any additional.

8.  Place the top slice of bread on top (cheese side down) and let it sit on the stove for about five minutes — make sure your heat is LOW.
9.  Use a spatula to lift the bottom slice — if it’s nice and golden, go ahead and flip your sandwich.

10.  Let that side sit for four to five minutes.  When the second side is just as golden, go ahead and remove the sandwich from the pan. 
11.  Slice and serve!

This makes a great summer sandwich!

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