Every once in a while, we as adults may sometimes feel the need to step outside of our normal selves and allow the child within the take hold and take control. This could involve skipping down the street, blowing giant bubbles with a mouth full of Bazooka bubble gum, or swinging as high as you can on a swing and then jumping off in mid-air. Risky business at our age to be sure, but sometimes our inclinations are a little less of an outward display. Take, for instance, satisfying our sweet tooth. Every so often, my cravings for sweets get the better of me and I feel compelled to give in.
This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is a little something for the child in all of us. You know . . . the one that wants something sweet and, well, slightly off kilter. This one may have your cavities screaming, but it’s worth every sweet bite! If you’re game, how about giving the Grilled Goat Cheese with Fig and Honey sandwich a try. It takes very little time to prepare and even less time to devour!
Grilled Goat Cheese with Fig and Honey
(makes 4 sandwiches)
- 2 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. grated lemon rind
- 1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese
- 8 (1-ounce) slices cinnamon-raisin bread
- 2 tbsb. fig preserves
- 2 tsp. thinly sliced fresh basil
- Cooking spray
- 1 tsp. powdered sugar (optional)
Combine honey, grated lemon rind and goat cheese, stirring until well blended. Spread 1 tablespoon goat cheese mixture on each of 4 bread slices; top each slice with approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons preserves and 1/2 teaspoon basil. Top with remaining bread slices. Lightly coat outside of bread with cooking spray.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches to pan. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on each side or until bread is lightly toasted (flattening with a spatula). Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional).