Category Archives: Burgers, sandwiches & quesadillas

My favorite burgers, sandwiches, & quesadillas. Obviously they are easily tweaked to suit your tastes. Remember I’m just here to help inspire you.

Spaghetti Grilled Cheese

Okay, so you know that part in my tagline that says I rarely follow a recipe? Yeah… Nor do I always take photos of my food. This was a pretty good sandwich though so I felt like I should tell you about it.

I don’t like spaghetti very much. I make it because my family likes it but it’s never been one of my favorites. I like pasta bakes, casseroles, and stuffed shells and lasagna type dishes but plain old, swirl-your-fork & slurp-your-noodles spaghetti I can do without. So when these leftovers were staring at me in the fridge but I really wanted a salty, buttery, toasty grilled cheese, I decided to combine them. Hopefully the next time I make spaghetti… (which, while I was eating this sandwich I was thinking I would make spaghetti solely for this recipe. Not to eat as leftovers. Is that wrong?) …Josie will love this as much as I did. I always consider it a success if she eats what I eat and I eat something that isn’t a chicken nugget.

Spaghetti Grilled Cheese

Take two pieces of good white or Italian bread of your choice and butter one side of each piece. (Come to think of it, if you have leftover garlic bread, use it in this recipe!!)

Sprinkle the buttered side with garlic powder and a pinch of salt – or use garlic salt if you have it. I just never have that and always combine garlic powder and salt to get that same flavor

Place one slice, butter side down in a non-stick pan over medium heat

pile some leftover spaghetti onto the bread. (I heated mine slightly in the microwave first to ensure it was hot the whole way through)

top the spaghetti with shredded Mozzarella and a sprinkle of oregano and/or basil

top with the other piece of bread and wait for cheese to get slightly melted before flipping.

Flip a few times and smoosh it down with your spatula to make a nice crunchy, cheesy, pasta-licious sandwich. Again, I apologize for not having a picture. I ate it too fast. My bad.

 

 

Pork Quesadillas

So one evening we had pulled pork, with rice and broccoli.

pork, rice, broccoli

pork, rice, broccoli

The next night we had all of that chopped up and put between two tortillas. I’ll be honest I can’t remember exactly how I made this. I can’t even recall what kind of cheese I put in it either. I’d imagine something mild like Mozzarella. Just something to help hold it all together but not take away from the yummy tangy ¬†flavors infusing the pork. My goal here is to get you to think farther than a boring container of leftovers in your fridge. Think of how you can transform it and present it again at the table and have your family ooh and aah over it. Instead of, “I don’t want what we had last night,”¬† …have fun thinking of something new! Sometimes you discover the leftovers are better than the first meal. My favorite (re-)creations are pizzas and quesadillas. Good luck! “Fix yourself a dang case-uh-dilla.” (name the movie!)

Leftover Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Leftover Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Tangy Grilled Cheese

Good white bread of your choice

butter the outside of a slice of bread and place on medium hot skillet

add one slice of provolone cheese, a thin slice of ham, and sharp cheddar

smear some hummus on the other slice of bread and top the sandwich – use your favorite hummus. I used roasted onion. As long as it has a good tangy lemon flavor, it will take your grilled cheese to new heights. Promise!

be sure to butter the top slice of bread before flipping.

Serve with grapes or apple slices for a complete lunch