On night two of my I'd-rather-be-dead-than-think-of-making-anything-for-dinner crisis, I left the responsibility of meal-making to Marc. I was kind of hoping I'd get the question he usually asks when it's his turn to cook : "so d'you want pizza, shawarma or St-Hubert?"... But slap me silly, he actually opened the fridge and started throwing ideas at me! "We have to use up the rest of that pasta sauce you made yesterday, and this sourdough bread is on its way out. So what should I make?" Wow. Impressive. It was like he'd been reading somebody's food blog or something. So it was with a little back and forth brainstorming - he in the kitchen, me on the couch, hefty cocktail in hand - that we came up with this spin on a croque-monsieur. Quick, easy, delicious. And, bacony. Because Marc was cooking, after all.
Clean-the-fridge open-faced sandwich
Note: these are simply guidelines and inspiration for your own version of this sandwich, with your own troublesome leftover ingredients. If you don't have any leftover pasta sauce, use pesto. Or mayonnaise. Or puréed leftover squash (just add a bit of olive oil or grape seed oil to make is smooth while it blitzes in the food processor). Or grainy mustard. Or butter! You get the idea.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat (or nothing at all, if you don't mind scrubbing), assemble the following ingredients, in order of appearance:
- thick slices of bread, or a length of baguette that's been halved horizontally
- spinach and white bean pasta sauce from the other day
- pecan halves
- chopped dried figs
- crumbled goat cheese
- bacon or pancetta cooked 'til crispy, and crumbled
- Emmenthal or any other melty cheese
- freshly ground pepper
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Stick the baking sheet under the broiler (on a low setting - if you don't have a low setting, move the rack to the centre of the oven) until the cheese is properly melty and the sandwich is warmed through.
Serve with a side salad and voilà! Pardon my attempt at going "Jamie Oliver" by piling the salad directly on top of this poor thing. It looks like a Derby hat! Mmmmmm. Edible Derby hat....