Recently I was out with my good friend Cathy and she was telling me about the pumpkin grilled cheese she made. I quickly told her that the next time she makes the recipe she has to take a picture and do a guest post. Then I realized, I should make it myself!So…I did, with a few modifications (see my recipe below, and Cathy’s recipe below that).
Gina’s Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
(Makes 1 sandwich)
2 pieces whole grain bread
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
2 tsp. garlic olive oil
1 slice pepper jack cheese
2 slices swiss cheese
2 t butter
**Note: You can use another type of cheese if you want, but this combination worked well for Nick and I. Also, if you want to saute real garlic cloves instead of using garlic olive oil, that’s fine too. We don’t use garlic in our household because they contain FODMAPs. **
- Add the pumpkin and garlic olive oil (or sauteed garlic) together in a pan and heat on medium for about a minute.
- Grab your bread and add the cheese to one piece and spread the hot pumpkin puree and garlic onto the second piece. Close the sandwich.
- Heat the butter in the pan until melted, then add the sandwich to the pan and heat each side for about 2 minutes (or until both sides are crispy and brown).
Nick ate his with ketchup, because…that’s just how he eats grilled cheese. I ate mine without dipping it in anything, and I was in heaven.
Here is Cathy’s original version of pumpkin grilled cheese sandwiches;
Cathy’s Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Recipe
(Makes one sandwich)
1/4 c pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp sriracha (can omit if you can’t stand the heat)
1/4 c diced sauteed yellow onion
sprinkle of black pepper
1 wedge swiss cheese (35 calorie) — room temp —OR use a Tbs of grated parmesan cheese
1 slice of thin cheese–any flavor
-Combine first five ingredients and set aside
-Toast 2 slices whole wheat bread
-Lightly butter one side of each piece after toasting.
-Evenly spread pumpkin mix on top of unbuttered side of one piece of bread. Lay cheese slice on top. Cover with second piece of bread, leaving the buttered side up.
-Heat pan to med-high
-Cook sandwich on both sides until it’s heated through and the cheese is melted. (about 2 mins per side)
Want to try this sandwich with some tomato soup? Check out Nicole’s recipe for roasted tomato soup!
QUESTION: What’s the craziest thing you’ve put on a grilled cheese sandwich??
By the way, thank you so much for all of your questions and comments about my impending Celiac test (it’s happening today at 2:30pm!!). I promise to do a follow-up post with the results, and answers to some of your questions.