Meatless Monday: Avocado and alfalfa sprouts grilled cheese
April is Grilled Cheese Month. Liven up an ordinary grilled cheese with spicy sprouts and a creamy avocado spread.
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Other ingredients included: garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper. I (and the sous chef) simply smashed up the avocado and mixed in the chopped-up ingredients. We did not use a blender or any such contraption. That is it. I have no idea what Jimmy John’s puts in their avocado spread, but I must say, the ingredients I included, made one awesome spread. I made this right before cooking the sandwich, only refrigerating it for a few minutes, but I imagine making it a day ahead would only enhance the flavors. Jimmy John’s also includes mayonnaise in the sandwich, but I decided to leave the mayonnaise out of the spread and the sandwich.Skip to next paragraph
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Some people love alfalfa sprouts, others hate them. I, for one, am intrigued by them. Their hairy, weird texture can be a bit off-putting but I think it adds a unique texture to a sandwich. This is one ingredient I knew had to be in my version of this sandwich. Lettuce and tomato is included in the sandwich description, but honestly, I don’t ever remember them being included in the actual sandwich. I thought my interpretation had enough components with the avocado spread, alfalfa sprouts, and sliced cucumbers, that I left the lettuce and tomato off. I did not miss them.
Jimmy John’s sandwich normally comes on white but I prefer it on multigrain. It makes the sandwich a thousand times better (and a lot more edible). The choices at my local grocery store were nine-grain and multigrain. The nine-grain has larger grains and is sweeter. I chose the multigrain because I believed a less sweet bread would not overpower the sandwich.
Avocado & Alfalfa Sprouts Grilled Cheese
Homemade Avocado Spread (avocado, cippolini onions, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper)
My grade: A
The Jimmy John’s vegetarian sandwich is itself a great, cold sandwich. When ordered on multigrain, it is, in my opinion, delicious. It is not, however, a grilled cheese sandwich. With a few tweaks and subtractions, I have turned this great cold sandwich into a true grilled cheese. The avocado spread itself had the perfect bite. With the addition of the cucumbers and alfalfa sprouts, the varied ingredients created a fantastic texture. Include the multigrain bread and you have yourself a very yummy treat. If you are someone who happens to enjoy both avocados and alfalfa sprouts, this sandwich is right up your alley. I would highly recommend both the Jimmy John’s cold sandwich and my Jimmy John’s inspired Avocado & Alfalfa Sprouts Grilled Cheese.
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