I'm pretty darn lucky--I married a man who loves food just as much as I do. M loves to try new restaurants and he's game for just about anything I bring out from the kitchen and put in front of him. He's especially excited about it if it involves avocado. I've learned this one the hard way, but if I want to have a bowl of chips and salsa, guacamole, or even veggies and hummus to snack on before mealtime, I can't set it out and expect to get any for myself. It will be g.o.n.e. by the time I can bring dinner out. But being the clever (and hungry!) wife I am, I solved that problem quickly. I've learned to either not tell him we're having guac or wait to put it out with the meal. Now I have a third alternative--put the guac in the meal.
To be honest, this sandwich was just a way to use up some groceries that needed to be used up before they went to waste. I had grilled cheese sandwiches planned so I could use the fantastic Tillamook cheddar I'd found from M's home state of Oregon. But they I had an onion, some fresh salsa, and one lonely avocado just clinging to its last day of goodness. What the heck, I thought--Why not mash up the avocado, add the last bit of salsa to it, and put it on the grilled cheese with some onion slices? bread
Now the question is "Why not do it again?" Because man, was it good. Gooey, and melty, and good. I can't wait to repeat this sandwich with some spicy pepper jack.
Gooey Guacamole Grilled Cheese
an "Apple a Day" original
1 small avocado
1/4 c. your favorite salsa or pico de gallo
4 slices your favorite bread
2 TBSP butter or mayonnaise
4 slices cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack recommended)
sliced onions, to taste
1. Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat.
2. Mash avocado and combine with salsa or pico de gallo. Add salt or pepper, as necessary, keeping in mind that the cheese will add saltiness.
3. Spread butter or mayo on on side of each piece of bread. Assemble sandwiches so guacamole and onions slices are in the middle of the cheese slices.