A new take on Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is a delicious new way to appreciate avocados, and it’s a fresh idea on the traditional grilled cheese.

Ingredients (for one sandwich)

2 slices firm bread or rustic bread (we used a nice rustic Italian loaf)                                       1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced (mashed would be ok too)                           1 large ripe tomato                                                                                                                                              a couple of ounces of good quality blue cheese (your favorite type)                                         a handful of baby arugula leaves, or baby spinach, or mixed greens

Toast or grill one side of each of the slices of bread.  Lay the bread slices, toasted/grilled side down, on a baking sheet or broiler-safe pan.  Preheat the broiler.

Slice the tomato thinly and lay the tomato on one of the bread slices.  Top the other bread slice with the blue cheese.  A nice thick layer of blue cheese would be nice, but how much you use is up to you.

Broil the slices of bread, with their tomato and cheese toppings, just until the cheese is beginning to melt and turn golden.

Remove the bread slices from the oven, and quickly lay the avocado slices and your choice of greens on the tomato side.  Place the cheese side, with the cheese facing the vegetables, on top of the greens, and enjoy!

I took this one step further.  Prior to starting to make the sandwich, I sliced a couple of nice big tomatoes into one-half inch thick slices and spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  I drizzled the slices with a little olive oil, sprinkled them with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, and roasted them at about 400 degrees until they were tender and golden.  Instead of fresh tomatoes in the avocado grilled cheese, I used the roasted slices.

If you’re not liking the whole vegetarian feeling of this sandwich, you could slip a few slices of beautiful cooked bacon into it.  Just lay the cooked bacon underneath the tomatoes before you broil it.

I don’t usually prefer Gorgonzola cheese.  My favorite is Stilton, but a nice Amish blue cheese or Danish blue cheese would be great.  The combination of fresh avocado, broiled blue cheese, tomatoes and hearty bread is really delicious!  This is no ordinary grilled cheese!

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