no witty commentary (or just no commentary?) tonight, ya’ll. i’m feeling silent and a tad melancholy for a variety of reasons, but that didn’t stop me from loving on sandwich friday, or an unexpectedly good cookie recipe from Rachael Ray (and i say unexpectedly because she’s always saying how much she hates to bake and is not good at it, hence my hesitation at trying her recipes for baked goods). this one turned out rather well though, if you like coconut (which i do).
Ham, Salami, Pastrami and Provolone Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
black forest ham from the deli
salami slices (whichever kind you like – i used the prepackaged kind from the sandwich meat section)
pastrami, thinly sliced, from the deli
thinly sliced onion
watercress or arugula or mesclun greens (mine came from the garden!)
mayonnaise or thick caesar dressing (i like that lighthouse brand) or even bottled creamy italian dressing
pepperocini peppers, thinly sliced, or the pre sliced kind
and whatever else you like on sandwiches. sliced tomato, perhaps
a loaf of thick, crusty artisan bread (i chose a “rustic garlic loaf” which is an awesome loaf of crusty bread with whole garlic cloves baked right into it)
heat a pan. butter one side of each slice of bread. lay these in the hot pan. layer on top of that slice the ham, salami, pastrami, and provolone. top with the other slice of bread. grill this until golden brown on both sides. to assemble the sandwiches, take off the slice that isn’t melted down by a slice of cheese. spread your mayo (or whatever) on it. layer your onion, greens, tomatoes, pepperocinis, etc. on the sandwich. top with the other slice of bread. major yum (and a true 15 minute meal).
Crunchy Coconut Cookies (from Everyday With Rachael Ray)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons room temp butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
heat the oven to 375. line cookie sheets with parchment or spray with Pam. whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. in a stand mixer, cream the butter with the sugar. add the egg and vanilla (mix well). add in the flour mixture. stir in the coconut. drop by teaspoonfuls (thereabouts) onto the sheets. bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges/bottoms are lightly browned.
Cooking music: various songs sung to myself, including but not limited to M Ward’s “Rave On” and Neko Case “Set Out Running”
p.s. my favorite vermont maple syrup can be purchased (quite reasonably) here. we got it via UPS yesterday and i’m way excited. pancakes or french toast this weekend, for sure. i was getting antsy without a stash of maple syrup around the house …whew. i feel better with this baby in my pantry …