After a day made long by kids and animals, supper was an improvised sandwich, tossed on the grill panini-style last night. It was probably the best sandwich I’ve had in years. And as I thought about it, I realized that we hadn’t paid full price for any of the many ingredients that went into it. The Frugal Panini was born.
We started with some slightly stale whole grain bread that we picked up off the discount rack at the grocery store. We took turns throwing random ingredients onto the bread, one of us cooking while the other watched the kids. Then we would switch. We had some old cream cheese to use up that had come home with us from the family reunion. My wife slathered that on, then added chunks of the discounted cheese ends you sometimes find in the deli section.
When it was my turn, I thought it might need more of a kick, so I spread homemade pepper jam on the other side of the bread. A friend had brought over baby spinach for salad when he had come by for dinner earlier in the week, so I threw the remaining spinach on as well. When my wife came back, she added slices of the cucumbers and mushrooms we found on the discount rack this morning.
To cap it off, we dropped our sandwiches onto the George Foreman grill we picked up at a yard sale 11 years ago.
Crunchy on the outside. Creamy on the inside. Tangy pepper jam, with mushrooms and cucumbers to sink your teeth into. Superlative.
On an only tangentially related note, how much space does a young fungus need to grow? As mushroom as possible.