Fall is in full swang y'all. The pumpkin spice lattes are out, the leaves are changing, us Texans aren't totally breaking a sweat the second we step outside. It's ALMOST time for me to unpack my sweaters, knits, and cardigans--though not quite yet. I've been in an incredible mood lately. For some reason Fall just makes me feel at peace--clear, level-headed, confident, and giddy. My favorite time of year!
Anywho, my oven (and stove) have been broken for the past two days. I've had all of these recipes just sitting in my head, waiting to be cooked, but apparently the universe has had other plans for me and is attempting to test my creativity. Breakfast has been yogurt bowls, lunch has been microwaved scrambled eggs + toast, and I've been using this as an excuse to splurge on dinner with friends. No regrets. Luckily, my stove was still fully functioning when a craving for a grilled cheese hit the other day. But not just any grilled cheese--I wanted all the flavors and textures of fall layered with oozy goat's cheese and packed between two buttered slices of crispy toast. This grilled cheese had to be epic, but also loaded with nutrients so that I could keep on trucking through the rest of my day. With nothing more than a cast iron skillet and a few quality ingredients, this delicious recipe was born that will definitely be on repeat for the rest of the season.
Crispy Brussel Sprout + Turkey Grilled Cheese:
- 2 slices gluten-free bread of choice
- 3 oz. thick-sliced organic or antibiotic-free turkey
- 1/2 medium apple, thinly sliced
- 1/4 c shredded brussel sprouts + 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 oz spreadable organic goat's chevre
- 1 tsp vegan butter or ghee
method to the madness: heat olive oil in cast iron skillet and add brussel sprouts. sprinkle heavily with sea salt and garlic powder, to taste. let roast in skillet until charred and crispy, stirring occasionally. remove from skillet and set aside. melt butter in the skillet and add a slice of toast. pile on turkey, apple slices, charred brussel sprouts, and goat cheese, and finally, the second slice of bread. after 3 minutes, firmly press sandwhich together and flip so that the second slice of toast can brown. after an additional 3 minutes, you should have a perfectly melty, browned, toasty, crispy, delicious sandwich waiting to be devoured. slice in half (if desired) and attack!
tasty tips: for a meltier version (and for those who eat dairy), sub gouda cheese for goat cheese.