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'Wich of the Week: Truffled Grilled Cheese With Asparagus
'Wich of the Week: Truffled Grilled Cheese With Asparagus

I'm always looking for unexpected things to put between two slices of bread, so when GiggleSugar let me taste her asparagus panini the other day, I couldn't wait to create a similar concoction. The secret, she said, was truffle-infused Parmesan cheese she got at Bristol Farms, so I picked some up and put together my own version of the sammie.

Asparagus is both in season right now and good for you, and today's 'Wich of the Week combines the yummy Spring vegetable with equally bold cheese. The strong flavor combination is balanced out by cold-cut roasted chicken, wheat bread, and balsamic reduction sauce. For the recipe and step-by-step instructions,

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Truffled Grilled Cheese With Asparagus and Chicken

Truffled Grilled Cheese With Asparagus and Chicken

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 bunch fresh asparagus
  2. 4 slices of wheat bread
  3. 1/4 lb. thin-sliced cold-cut roasted chicken
  4. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  5. 6 very thin slices of truffle-infused Parmesan cheese
  6. Olive oil
  7. Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Makes 2 sandwiches.

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. After washing the asparagus, trim the thicker, rough ends and discard. Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet and coat lightly with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Roast for about 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.
  3. In a small saucepan over very low heat, slowly heat the balsamic vinegar, stirring occasionally, until it's reduced by about two-thirds. Set aside and let cool.
  4. Coat one side of each slice of bread with the balsamic reduction sauce, spreading just enough to cover the surface of the bread.
  5. On each of the two bottom slices, divide the chicken and lay the slices flat over the balsamic spread.
  6. Evenly divide the asparagus between the two sandwiches and lay the spears side by side atop the chicken.
  7. Gently lay the thin slices of cheese on top of the asparagus, and cover each sandwich with the remaining two slices of bread, vinegar side down.
  8. Place in a panini press and cook for about five minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is lightly browned. (If you don't own a panini maker, you can place the sandwiches on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven, and cover with a cast-iron skillet to press. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.)
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GrapeBubbleGum
GrapeBubbleGum
oh wow! that looks AMAZING!
ALSW
ALSW
There really is no Trader Joe's convenient to me and I'm not sure if there's a cheese shop either. But no matter, I'd just as soon have this sandwich with basic Parmesan. :DROOL:
Baby-Girl
Baby-Girl
Mmmmmmmmmm! This looks delish.
Advah
Advah
I would have never thought of eating asparagus other than steamed with a dressing. I don't really know what to think of that sandwich, but I guess it's always worth giving it a try?!
partysugar
partysugar
EmyAnne: a truffle is a type of fungus similar to a mushroom. Check out our definition that clearly explains the difference between these truffles and chocolate truffles. Hope that helps!
EmyAnne
EmyAnne
what is truffle? and truffle cheese? i've heard of dishes that call for truffle before and i want to know what it is! when i hear truffle i think of a chocolate but i know that's not it....
oh-cecilia-baby
oh-cecilia-baby
this look positively delicious!!!! i have a brisol farms in my city so i really, really want to pick up that cheese & make this!!! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy
aimeeb
aimeeb
Very different!!
will205
will205
yum- looks great!
oliveye
oliveye
This looks glorious, absolutely amazing!
Leilanic1
Leilanic1
mmm i love asparagus too ASLW! especially with melted parmesan cheese and to put it into a sandwich...yumm
gabiushka
gabiushka
Great basic idea, a variation from my spinach tomato grilled cheese sandwich. Like the parmesan idea
AmberHoney
AmberHoney
Looks delish and I will try this sammie. Girls, you can get Truffle cheese at Trader Joe's or any local cheese shop should have it.
haute77
haute77
Interesting. I guess I would have to try it before judging it. If PartySugar could eat a Peanut Butter, Mayo and Olive sandwich, I guess I could muster myself to eat this.
partysugar
partysugar
Oh man, why didn't I see GiggleSugar when she was eating this sandwich?
ElizabethRae
ElizabethRae
That looks delish. I have no idea where to get the cheese either though...
ilanac13
ilanac13
aside from the use of the word SAMMIE which just makes me cringe - i really like this post. i like the idea of truffle infused cheese and i might have to find some although we don't have a bristol farms around here. maybe whole foods will have something like that.
ALSW
ALSW
I freaking :LOVE: asparagus! I would definitely try this, but I have no idea where to get the cheese. Guess I'd have to go with plain Parmesan...
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