I never make New Year’s resolutions, but when 2011 kicked off, I did have a few food issues I wanted to work on. Not Oprah-type food issues. More like, sitting down while I eat, chewing my food thoroughly, and mostly, no more snacking after 8pm.
I think I made it to the second week before I completely dropped the ball on that last one…which I fully blame on Nutella and a spoon – the combo has a powerful force that cannot be ignored.
But I am perplexed as to Nutella’s sudden popularity. I mean, hasn’t it been around since the 60’s? And yet, it’s everywhere right now, dominating the airwaves and the blogosphere. My guess – everyone finally got tired of all the macaroon recipes and needed something else to obsess about.
We always have it in the house. With Haley’s allergy, a container of Nutella and a container of Sunflower Butter makes us not miss peanut butter as much. (Okay, that’s me talking. Paul still cries at night.)
Now, goat cheese…goat cheese is another story. I’m the only one in my house that likes it. But I don’t need to find a substitute for this neat little grilled cheese sandwich. Because I can make just one. :D
*raises eyebrow* Nutella and goat cheese? Tough sell, huh? It sounded like a strange pairing to me too, I know. But it works. Truly. It won’t convert a goat cheese nay-sayer. But if you’re like me and already enjoy it, you’ll love this sandwich.
You better go make one now, while it still seems hip and cool…before the Nutella rage is all just a distant memory.
Grilled Goat Cheese with Nutella Sandwich
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
• 1/2 cup Nutella
• 4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
• 8 slices country white bread (1/4 inch thick)
• 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
In a small bowl, stir the Nutella and cheese together.
Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices on your work surface, buttered side down. Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices and place the remaining 4 bread slices on top, buttered side up.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Put the sandwiches in the skillet, cover and cook for 2 minutes or until the undersides are golden brown and the cheese has softened.
Uncover and turn the sandwiches with the spatula. Cook for 2 more minutes or until the undersides are golden brown. Serve immediately.
Note: unlike most grilled cheese, you do not want to press down to flatten or the filling will ooze out.
(adapted from Great Grilled Cheese)