Sunday, March 30, 2008

Lasagna Sandwich

In my continued pursuit to bring some excitement to grilled cheese, I have made the Lasagna Sandwich. Now, let me be clear about something right away: This doesn’t actually taste like lasagna. But it almost does, and it’s very good.

This sandwich is pretty much a grilled cheese with some Canadian bacon and a couple of sauces thrown in. I made mine with an Italian loaf and added some fresh basil, but I’ve made it before without those modifications and it was still very good.

I see where this recipe was going, but for me it mostly just suggests lasagna. You could pretty easily take the idea further, I think. Use prosciutto or thinly sliced sausage instead of Canadian bacon, or maybe even replace the sour cream with ricotta cheese.

Almost-Lasagna Sandwich
Adapted from Lasagna Sandwich
Makes 2 sandwiches

1/4 cup sour cream
1 finely chopped scallion
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup pizza sauce*
4 slices of bread
4 large fresh basil leaves
4 thin slices of Canadian bacon
2 thick slices of mozzarella, the size of your bread

Mix the first four ingredients in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the sour cream mixture between two slices of bread. Divide the pizza sauce between the remaining two slices. For each sandwich, layer 2 basil leaves, 2 slices of Canadian bacon, and 1 slice of mozzarella between one sour-cream-coated and one pizza-sauce-coated slice of bread.

Grease a skillet with a bit of butter or some olive-oil spray, and cook sandwiches over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side, or until bread is toasty and cheese is melted.

*You can use store-bought pizza sauce or make your own by adding a small can of tomato sauce to some sautéed garlic and oregano. Or, if you have some, you could substitute marinara.


Patsyk said...

That sandwich looks so wonderful. I love how gooey the cheese looks, makes me want to take a bite!

Kevin said...

That sandwich looks good.

giz said...

What a great shot of that oozing cheese - I just love saying oozing cheese - you can almost taste it. The sandwich looks yum-o

Gretchen Noelle said...

What a fun creative idea! Looks delicious!