Monday, April 15, 2013

Guacamole Grilled Cheese


Last month, I was assigned to Jenny's Cookbook for April's Secret Recipe Club.  I immediately pored over Jenny's recipes to see what new meal I could whip up this month.  Almost immediately, I ran into this Guacamole Grilled Cheese.  Pump the brakes.  Let's take a look at this again.  Avocado, melty cheese, and a croissant?  Be still my beating heart.

AND...did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?  I didn't either, especially since I chose to make this recipe back in March.  I think I'm psychic.  (Suuuurrrrreee.)  I typically can't keep up with all the special food days, food months, and what have you.  But a whole month dedicated to grilled cheese?  I think I can do something about that.  That "something" is going to be this guacamole grilled cheese.  I can definitely make this happen.


Guacamole Grilled Cheese
from Jenny's Cookbook
makes 2 sandwiches

Print Recipe

  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • dash crushed red pepper
  • 2 butter croissants (or 4 slices of bread)
  • 2 slices smoked gouda (or your favorite "melty" cheese)

Make the guacamole:

1) Peel the avocado and remove the pit.  Use a knife to score the avocado horizontally and vertically.  Use a spoon to scoop the fruit out of each avocado half.

2) Place the avocado in a medium bowl.  Add the tomato, onion, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and habanero sauce.  Use a fork to mix the ingredients together.  Make the guacamole as chunky or as smooth as you like.


Make the grilled cheese:

3) Cut each croissant in half.  Divide the guacamole between each croissant and spread evenly.

4) Place a slice of cheese on top of the guacamole on each croissant.

5) Replace the top of the croissants.  The croissants are already butter-y so there is no need to add butter.

6) Heat a pan over medium low.  Place the croissants in the pan, cheese side down.  Do NOT press down on the croissants, as this will push the guacamole out of the croissants.


7) Wait.  (These sandwiches need to be grilled over low heat so the croissants don't burn before the cheese melts.)  If desired, place a lid over the pan to facilitate the cheese-melting process.


8) Once the cheese starts to melt and the bottom of the croissants are crispy, flip the croissants over to cook the other side.  Employ the pan-lid method to help melt the cheese if necessary.


9) Serve warm.


I confess that I inhaled this sandwich. That seems to be a general theme of my meals lately.  I've been suffering from "bottomless pit stomach" for a few weeks.  Sorry I'm not sorry.
This sandwich was everything I've dreamed of and more. The outside of the croissant is crispy and flaky.  Yet on the inside, the guacamole and cheese provide a smooth and creamy texture.  I need more of this in my life.  You may have noticed that the pictures only show one grilled cheese, even though the recipe makes two.  Never fear. I "took care" of the extra grilled cheese about 10 minutes after making this one.  Waste not.


33 comments:

  1. Wow, way to kick up a grilled cheese sandwich.

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    1. I agree. I knew I had to make this recipe once I saw it on Jenny's blog!

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  2. This is a grilled cheese I could love... daily... forever!

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    1. Ohmigosh, I could eat this every day forever :)

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  3. YUM!!! Such a great twist on a classic grilled cheese sandwich. Great SRC choice!

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  4. I picked the wrong month to give up carbs because this looks like something I could devour.

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    1. Maybe it's time to push the no-carb month to May? ... :)

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  5. Ok this is a totally out of the box recipe. we love guac and grilled cheese. have to try this one for sure

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    1. You should definitely try it. I loved every minute of eating this!

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  6. Absolutely yummy looking. I made something similar and it was delicious and this sounds even better.

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  7. Um, yes. This looks fantastic. Great pick

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  8. I, too, will now not let National Grilled Cheese month ebb away.

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    1. You shouldn't. It's the perfect opportunity to make a ton of grilled cheeses!

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  9. Grilled cheese and quacamole-life just doesn't get any better.

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  10. Is there anything better than cheese and avocado? Uh, YEAH... cheese and avocado on a CRIOSSANT! Holy yum. Great pick!

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  11. What a great combination for a Grilled Cheese, love the flavors. Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Yum. Seriously, I have no other words for this grilled cheese than yum. Guacamole? on a croissant? Holy. Moly. I want one. Now.

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    1. Go get you some guacamole grilled cheeses :)

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  13. oh wowza! two of my favorite things...guacamole and grilled cheese. Great choice...I'm going to have to try this. I'm a fellow SRC member, group D

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  14. Made these a few times but never on a croissant! great idea and awesome SRC pick

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    1. Thanks. It was my first time grilling a croissant but it definitely will not be the last time!

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  15. Great guacamoles! Looks like it came together perfectly - crispy outside and creamy inside. :)

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  16. Visiting from SRC's Group A. Nice to meet a new blogger! What a great recipe. Guac + cheese. Um, yes, please!

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  17. My word, this is to-die-for, great pick!!! Visiting from Group A!

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  18. I'm loving this idea. And with a croissant????? fabulous. Great SRC choice.

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  19. I’m glad you liked it! Everything tastes better on a croissant! I also like to eat Swiss and cucumbers with salt and pepper on croissants, or marinated bocconcini and peppers with a croissant. Or feta with olives. We don’t have anything to cook with at work (except microwaves), so I go for the cold options during the week. But it’s okay because I pick up the croissants in the morning on my way in, so they’re fresh.

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    1. Yes, I loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe and inspiration. I'm making everything on croissants now!

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