So this whole working 10 hours a day thing has really been messing up my cooking schedule. My day usually goes like this: I get up by 5, work out, work from 7:30-6, walk 30 minutes home because I’m too cheap to take the bus every day, get home, and try to muster up some energy to make dinner. That’s when there’s the problem. I want to cook because I adore cooking but I am also so hungry that my neighbor across the hall can hear my stomach growling. It’s dinner time and I need food FAST!
Lately I’ve been turning to the ultimate go-to quick meal: sandwiches. Now, I’m not talking about turkey and cheese sandwich on crappy bread. I’m talking about hearty whole grain bread, with fresh vegetables and quality ingredients. All of the sandwiches I have made have turned out to be pretty tasty, and there is one in particular that I felt the need to share with the blog world: goat cheese, pesto, and green apple panini.
It involves thick and chewy whole-grain bread, creamy goat cheese, pesto, spring greens, and sliced green apples. It was inspired by a bakery in Minneapolis called Rustica, where I had one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. This sandwich was the best I could come up with to replicate it and it came dang close.
While I had to use spring greens instead of arugula, everything else was spot-on. I cooked it up panini-style to get the goat cheese all melted and creamy, which also gave the bread a nice crunchy layer on the outside. Another note, the quantities of pesto, goat cheese, and spring greens are estimates. Add however much you please for your own goat cheese, pesto, and green apple panini.