Weeknight Cooking

Jenny's Favorite Sandwich

November 26, 2012

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Are you sitting around thinking to yourself, “I want to eat the most delicious sandwich in the whole entire world for dinner, if only someone would tell me what it is?” 

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Covered! You do need a tad of planning, but just a tad, if you’re going to reap the full benefits of Grilled Aged Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Pistachio Sage Pesto. By that I mean, make your own apple sauce, which you are probably doing these days anyway, especially if you live on the east coast and have little else to excite you in the market except some tubers, and to procure some sage and, if you don’t have them on hand, pistachios (Trader Joe’s often sells bagged of already-shelled meats, if you care) and sourdough bread. 

I threw the pesto together in the Vitamix and spread it on the bread slices, as instructed, and then tossed on the who-knew ingredient, applesauce. From there the cheese was added, and the entire sandwich went into the pan of butter, and ten minutes from the beginning of this process, we had dinner. I guess I could have made a salad, but hey, so could have someone else! 

Sage and apples are a divine combination, as many of you know from some stove top pork chop weddings, and the sharp fatty goodness of cheddar cheese just brings it all together in a delightful way. 

In closing I would like to say that I think I would like Emily Weinberger to move into my house and make things like this for me every night, and that I have absolutely no compensatory skill or product to offer her whatsoever, except the entire first season of Mary Tyler Moore. 

Grilled Aged Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Pistachio Sage Pesto by Emily Weinberger

Makes 1 cup pesto, 4 sandwiches

For the Pesto: 

1 cup sage
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup olive oil

For the Sandwiches:

8 slices of your favorite sourdough bread
1 tablespoon pistachio sage pesto
2 teaspoons applesauce
1/4 pound sharp, aged cheddar cheese, sliced
1 tablespoon butter

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.




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greg T. February 12, 2013
There is NO chance we aren't making this in the next 48 hours.. well done Jestei
Panfusine December 3, 2012
Made this for Dinner yesterday, Delicious! tossed a couple of birds eye chiles into the Pesto to kick up the heat. and subbed Fig Jam instead of applesauce.
Jestei December 11, 2012
sounds good
dferst December 2, 2012
Sounds delicious. Wondering if it would work with a fried egg on top (really, doesn't yolk make everything better?)
Jestei December 11, 2012
HM. not loving eggs and apple sauce as a theory but then again maybe it would be good.
Nicole H. November 30, 2012
Sounds divine... and I have a bag of sage that I've been trying to figure out how to use! Any idea how long the pesto will keep in the fridge?
Jestei December 11, 2012
sorry just seeing this i would freeze pesto if your timing is in question
Third F. November 29, 2012
The first season only? I can offer her all seven seasons and can do a killer impression of both Ted Baxter and Sue Ann Nivens!
Jestei December 11, 2012
JenniferF November 29, 2012
Looks amazing! Can you say Sunday lunch?!
Jestei December 11, 2012
Lorenza November 29, 2012
Greetings Jenny, Indeed it is the season for grilled cheese sandwiches. This combo sounds divine. We have plundered our turkey leftovers by way of turkey reubens. I have a panini grill and we are very fond of the results it provides. There is no need for butter, I can prepare 4 sandwiches at a time and I never suffer the consequences of a burnt sandwich on an untended griddle. We call these "toasties". Buon Appetito and keep those great recipes coming, Jenny!
Jestei December 11, 2012
I have a panini grill somewhere in this house.........
artist342 November 28, 2012
I will follow a grilled cheese sandwich anywhere - permanent Jones thing. This will be the next one I try, as I love everything in it. Thanks, Jenny, once again!
Jestei November 29, 2012
I hope you enjoy it!
Cookin B. November 28, 2012
The Pistachio Sage Pesto is wonderful! I didn't have any bread or applesauce handy, so I had the pesto with some sliced apple and sliced sharp cheddar. Delicious!
I want to try a grilled cheese version of this with the pesto, sliced apple, sliced cheddar, caramelized onion, and bacon. :) I froze the leftover pesto -- hopefully it will thaw well.
Jestei November 28, 2012
wow bacon would be a fun add
lksugarman November 28, 2012
Now I know what I'm going to do with the cheddar sage cheese in the refrigerator. Thinking bacon and cinnamon bread.
Bill F. November 28, 2012
Oh Go Away.No No Wait..Better Idea Just In Invite me for Brunch...This Grilled Cheese Sandwich sounds so good...Take Care
Jestei November 28, 2012
please report back
Lismi November 28, 2012
It sounds amazing, but I was hoping for a money shot (cross section of gooey cheese and pesto) ;D
Jestei November 28, 2012
boulderbee November 28, 2012
I'm thinking apple butter would be punchier.
Jestei November 28, 2012
hm. maybe. i like the consistency of apple sauce.
Muse November 28, 2012
Oh my goodness this sounds absolutely devine...will have to try it for lunch today with some tomato soup!
Jestei November 28, 2012
oh my! my favorite soup
Burnt O. November 28, 2012
Perfect! I'm cooking for vegetarian clients and needed a creative panini recipe for their Friday night soup and sandwich dinner! Plenty of fresh sage leftover from Thanksgiving, and I'll sub fresh apple slices for the applesauce - thanks!
Jestei November 28, 2012
that sounds divine
Laura A. November 27, 2012
Jenny, this is the most strange and wonderfully delicious sandwich! As I was setting all of the ingredients on the counter, I was a little skeptical of how it would all come together, but sure enough this is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever made or tasted - and my husband agrees! This is definitely going to get worked in to our regular repertoire - thanks!!!
Jestei November 27, 2012
thrilled you like!
Emily W. November 26, 2012
I just have to say thank you for such a complimentary post! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed this sandwich--did you need a nap after? We did :) I will gladly watch Mary Tyler Moore with you and appreciate anyone that likes to wash dishes! Thanks again.
Jestei November 27, 2012
Panfusine November 26, 2012
Feeling weak in the knees , ready to 'swoon', somebody revive me by waving that sandwich in my face!
Jestei November 27, 2012
its good stuff
Amanda H. November 26, 2012
Can I move in? I need to catch up on Mary Tyler Moore. My grilled cheeses aren't as good, but I like to wash dishes.
Jestei November 27, 2012