So in honor of our lazy Saturday afternoon, I decided to see what I could do to put together a lunch worthy of the day. Something warm to compliment the cool fall air but also something that I could make from what I had on hand. With half a container of baby arugula, I decided to make a pesto using the arugula and some walnuts I had left over from some pumpkin muffins I made earlier in the week. I also had some delicious smoked Gouda that I knew would make a simple grilled cheese sandwich taste special. There's something so comforting about grilled cheese sandwiches. The warm, gooey cheese in between crispy toasted bread. It's pretty much the perfect sandwich. And, even though I love a plain grilled cheese with cheddar, it's fun to mix it up and add other ingredients to make it more "gourmet."
- 4-5 cups arugula, loosely packed
- 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Stream in olive oil slowly, incorporating enough to make a thick paste.
Season with salt and pepper.
Grilled Cheese (serves 2)
- 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 4 slices of bread, your favorite variety
- 2 tbsp arugula pesto
- 6-8 thin slices of smoked Gouda
Spread 1/2 tablespoon on each slice of bread.
Layer enough cheese to cover one half of each sandwich.
Grill in hot pan till both sides are brown and cheese is melted.
Or you could always use a panini press if you happen to have one.
Eat and enjoy!
For a printable recipe click here