I enjoy starting with a classic, ordinary recipe and making it local and special. This week I was in the mood to bake bread, so I decided to attempt an improved, locavore grilled cheese sandwich.
I knew just the cheese to make it special–Appel Farms’ Sweet Red Pepper Gouda. Homemade bread, artisan cheese, spread fresh basil leaves over it, and voila! I could almost taste it just thinking about it!
You can cook this sandwich any of several ways. Broil it, grill it, put it in a toaster oven, or toast it in a heavy pan (cast iron always works well). I used our Foreman grill and cooked it for five minutes. Perfect!
Getting the ingredients was almost as much fun as eating the sandwich. You might want to take a few minutes to read about my shopping trip. I used flour from Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill to make the bread, but you could also purchase bread from Avenue Bread in Bellingham.
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- 2 slices bread (homemade, or from Avenue Bread, Bellingham)
- 2 tsp butter (Breckinridge Farm, Everson)
- 1-2 oz cheese (I used Sweet Red Pepper Gouda, Appel Farms, Ferndale)
- fresh basil (home garden)
- pickles (Boxx Berry Farm, Ferndale)
Butter one side of each slice of bread.
Put sliced cheese on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread. Cover with a generous layer of whole basil leaves. Put the second slice of bread on top, buttered side topmost.
Grill, broil, or cook each side in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. I used a Foreman grill, cooking for about 5 minutes. When nicely browned the sandwich is ready.
Serve pickles on the side.
I served this with Steamed Broccoli (broccoli from Small’s Gardens, Ferndale) and Fresh Strawberries (from Boxx Berry Farm, Ferndale).
Appel Farms Cheese Shoppe, 6605 Northwest Road, Ferndale (open Mon-Sat 9a-6p)
Boxx Berry Farm, 6211 Northwest Road, Ferndale (open Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 10a-4p)
Community Food Co-operative, Westerly and Cordata, Bellingham
Small’s Garden, 6451 Northwest Road, Ferndale (open Mon-Sat 9a-6p)
Terra Organica, Flora and Cornwall, Bellingham