Another reason that I love this time of year is it means Thanksgiving is near. Cooking, eating and relaxing with family are all of my favorite things to do. Fall just couldn't be any more of a perfect season for so many reasons.
A new reason to love fall is this pumpkin grilled cheese recipe that I am about to share with you. Yesterday in class, my extreme foodie friend showed me a photo of her dinner last night. I drooled (well, in my head of course), and told her how mouth watering that looked. She reassured me that she has leftovers and invited me over for dinner last night to enjoy a pumpkin grilled cheese with her!
I can easily say, this decision to go to her house and enjoy this friend-bonding dinner with her was the best choice I've made all week. It also got me inspired to search up other new, fun grilled cheese recipes. There really are SOOO many! I'm excited to try them all and then blog about my favorites to you!
Anyways, here is the pumpkin grilled cheese recipe for you to try. This recipe was adapted from macheesmo.com.
- 1 4 pound pumpkin, roasted (1/2 cup pumpkin per sandwich)
- 8-12 ounces gruyere cheese, grated
- 8 slices sourdough bread (we used bakery-fresh, pane italian)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (we used margarine as a healthier alternative)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (we used sea salt because that is all we had)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
First step is to roast your pumpkin. Using canned pumpkin is an option but it has a runnier consistency and may not be as tasty either.
So, take a 4-pound pumpkin and cut it in half, remove the seeds, place face down on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Then, flip the pumpkin so it is face up and bake for another 30 minutes. This is so cooking remains even.
Once cooled, scoop out he inside of the pumpkin (the flesh), like you'd do for a squash. It should come out very easily and appear like baby food.
Next, mix your spices together and remember that you can always double the spices and save some in a plastic bag for your next sandwich, another day.
The final steps are pretty straight forward; just create your grilled cheese sandwich, like you would any other sandwich.
Butter your bread on both sides and place in the pan on the stove. Then how my friend and I added the ingredients, is we put a layer of the cheese on the bottom of the bread then added the pumpkin puree, then spice mixture and finally more cheese on-top with the bread to close the sandwich.