Yup. You read that correctly. BEET as in those red vegetables that stain your fingers pink.
Honestly, I have no idea what possessed me to make this. I don't particularly like beets. I mean I like them, but I don't looove them.
Two summers ago I made them for the family a few times because they were part of our share from the CSA...
I considered buying them again but they are quite pricy at my local grocery store and each bunch only contains 2-3 beets. It just didn't seem worth it for a vegetable we just "like" when there are so many more we LOVE (like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, even peas.)
However, I always have a can or two in the cabinet because like mom, I'm a pantry stocker. Plus, you just never know when you'll want to make a batch of Beet-elicious Cupcakes! 😉
Anyway, I pulled out a can and decided to make a sandwich out of a few slices and some fresh mozzarella I bought at a local deli.
The result was delicious! Alone I find the beet texture a bit overwhelming but on a sandwich it was fun and meaty. Adding a sweet earthy bite.
I used spinach because it was the only green I had but I'm thinking arugula would be great on this. Adding even more flavor.
Here's what I did…
- 1 Whole Grain Sandwich thin
- 1 oz fresh Mozzarella in 2 slices
- Handful of Raw Spinach
- 4 Slices of Canned Beets
- Sprinkle of dried basil
- Dash of Balsamic Vinegar
Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat and layer the sandwich together.
Start with the bottom of the thin, then top with 1 slice of the mozzarella cheese.
The cheese is the glue so you want a little on the top and bottom.
On top of the cheese add the spinach, beets and the second slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle with the dried basil.
Add a splash of Balsamic vinegar and top with the other half of the thin.
Grill it about 2-3 minutes a side pressing slightly to squash the ingredients together and merge the flavors.
Remove from the skillet, cut in half and marvel at the pretty sandwich. At least that's what I did. 😉
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|205||7g||7g||old: 4.5||new: 5|