Peak mango season is here! At my local fresh farmer’s market the other day, mangoes were on sale, so I grabbed one. Now, I’m not a big fan of fruit, but once in a while, I do like mangoes and since it was a blistering hot day, I had visions of cool, syrupy, tropical goodness.
Rummaging through the fridge, I tried to conjure up something to make with or from the mango. Bingo! I had all the ingredients for a nice little pocket sandwich – great for breakfast or brunch.
- 1 whole-wheat pita bread
- 1/2 sliced and peeled mango
- Vegan cream cheese
- paprika & salt
Heat the panini machine. Split the pita bread down the middle to make two pockets. Spread the vegan cream cheese on one side of the pocket on the inside. Add mango, and sprinkle with a little salt and paprika.
Add the pocket to the panini maker, and grill until the sandwich is heated through. Much tastier and healthier than a Pop-Tart! Enjoy! (and be careful – the fruit gets really hot inside!)
I really, really, really want to try the banh mi sandwich, but I don’t eat meat, and it has pork in it (here, at Hoa-Lan market). Are there any places at all that can make a vegetarian version?
So we were sitting around at work today talking about our upcoming charity dinner that we prepare, and since I’m Head Chefette, I had suggested open-faced ‘build your own’ turkey sandwiches. I selected Kaiser Rolls instead of plain old white or wheat bread, because I believe the Kaisers will hold up tremendously better than thin slices of bread.
Some folks had not heard of a Kaiser Roll before. Which kind of surprised me; I thought it was a pretty common name for that type of roll. We pondered aloud, though, why “Kaiser”? Was it named for Kaiser Wilhelm? Was it some immigrant’s last name?
Turns out the Kaiser was named for Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria, and concocted in the same country. Now we know; now you know.
If the Kaiser Roll you choose is as crusty as the dude it was named for, then, that’s a good thing.
GFB’s OPEN-FACED BUILD-YOUR-OWN TURKEY SANDWICH
sliced white breast of turkey, hot or cold
cranberry-orange relish, fresh (not canned!)
Lightly toast roll halves. Layer a bit of turkey on the roll; follow with your choice of potatoes, stuffing, gravy, relish.