Who knew?!

The second smoker event turned out pretty well so I may get the hang of it yet.  My son will be coming in for Labor Day and he wants to do a Bavarian Octoberfest so…it will be done along with smoked bratwurst and other assorted goodies. I just hope that the weather holds out which is no easy feat here in Western PA.

I did not realize that inspiration could come during some of the most mundane tasks such as, mowing the lawn.  Yup, this recipe was conjured up while pushing the old Husquvarna around the homestead thinking about…well not a whole lot, to tell you the truth but I was thinking about the desert southwest and how clear the skies were and how many stars you could see at night which then made my mind drift toward the vegetation and the Saguaro cacti and how most places down there grilled everything over mesquite wood. Do you  see where I am going with this?  I didn’t at first either but thinking of all things southwestern and wanting to use the lone avocado I had sitting on the counter.  I knew that the grocery store had Boar’s Head mesquite grilled turkey and decided I needed to use that in this new kind of sandwich. It turned out really good so I am understandably proud and wondering what kind of sandwich I will be able to come up with next! Here is the recipe and I am sorry I was not able to come up with a catchy name.
Southwestern Turkey-Avocado Grill

(Southwestern inspired grilled cheese sandwich)

Serves 2

The Well Fed Cyclist
Gary Bechard


4 slices – Sourdough bread (from the center of the loaf or the end if you want something smaller)
4 slices – Colby-Jack cheese (I thought of putting Jalapeno Cheddar-Jack which would also work)
1/4th pound – Mesquite grilled turkey breast slices (I used Boar’s Head)
1 – Avocado (you will whip this bad boy into a mousse)
1 ½ tsp – Lemon pepper (I use Lawry’s)
1 – Jalapeno pepper, fine diced (try to find a larger one or use two small ones)
1 to 2 tbsp – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Margarine (or butter if you are so inclined)

Construction Instruction:

Take the avocado cut in half, take out the stone and scoop the insides (or cut and skin the avocado), cube (cubing makes it easier to whip) and place into a food processor or blender. Pulse 5 to 7 times or blend for about 1 minute then add the olive oil and lemon pepper and pulse/blend until the mixture is smooth. Next, fold in the diced jalapenos until they are spread evenly throughout the mixture put in a bowl and set aside.

Lightly coat one side of each slice of bread with margarine or butter and set aside. After this is done, place 2 of the slices buttered side down on a large flat skillet. Next, take and spread a layer of the avocado-jalapeno mousse over the bread slices already on the skillet. Now, layer on the slices of turkey the entire length of the bread (should be 2 ½ slices per sandwich keeping the thickest part toward the center of the bread). On top of the turkey slices, cover with the Colby-jack cheese. When this is complete, put the other slice of bread butter side out on top and begin cooking on medium heat (I used a 5 or a 6 on my electric stove). Grill the sandwich until the bottom bread about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown (you can kind of peek by lifting up the edge of the bread), flip the sandwiches and do the same to the other side.

This was served with homemade tortilla chips and fresh salsa. It would also make a good compliment to some chili or tortilla soup on a cold day.

The Well Fed Cyclist


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