Sandwich Sunday: A Birthday Treat
First off, thanks to Ryan for giving me a shout out on my birthday the other week. Second off, I now return you to more to more socially acceptable means of sandwich making, although no less yummy ones at that. As for that birthday, it didn’t involve any herculean feats of boy vs. food or even the proverbial birthday dinner, but found me instead cramming for finals and working on term papers. But I didn’t forget to treat myself, and harnessing the inner sandwich artist in me, found me instead making one of my signature panini creations. And while I usually go for savory with my sandwiches, I couldn’t miss the chance to indulge in something sweet and sophisticated.
Dark Chocolate, Ricotta and Pear on Marbled Rye. And let me tell you, it made the perfect birthday treat. I started out grilling some pear slices, then spread my thick marbled rye slices with ricotta cheese (unfortunately not fresh.) I finished it by inserting to squares of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate (“Twilight Delight,” a bitter yet deep 72 % cacao blend) and put her on the panini grill. Several minutes later the chocolate was nicely melted, and the airy bread had become crisp on the outside.
My food photography skills may be lackluster, but please, feel free to gawk and drool over your keyboard! Now I’m asking you guys: What would your ideal birthday sandwich be? Something sweet? Something savory? Something complex, or maybe just something nostalgic like a PB&J? Let us know!