Ryan and I celebrated our 4 year (first date) anniversary last Wednesday. We went to my favorite Italian restaurant in town (MN people – go to Al Vento. Don’t ask questions, just go), where he ordered house made bucatini with meaty red sauce, and I had the best autumn-inspired veggie pizza ever (arugula! goat cheese! brussels sprout! apples!), and then we split a melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.
Of course my first instinct is to write about the food, but the company was top notch. Four years earlier we had a date that was exciting and scary. Wednesday we had a date that was comfortable and fun. I’ll choose the latter every time.
Seriously though, that pizza. Putting apples on pizza is A THING. Who knew?
As soon as we left the restaurant I started dreaming about recreating my pizza experience at home. However, I’ve been SUPER into grilled cheese lately, so the flavors of that pizza merged into what you see here today, which is…I kid you not…the BEST GRILLED CHEESE EVER.
I am 100% obsessed with this sandwich. I texted my brussels sprout-loving friend when I was eating it on Saturday (pre-dinner at 5pm…oops), and then brought her a leftover sandwich when we met for coffee on Sunday. Our text conversation after she reheated it for lunch was chock-full of emojis and enthusiasm. My favorite comment was, “This is so much better than I thought a sandwich could be.”
The combination of the tangy whipped goat cheese, sweet and lightly-crisp apples, nutty brussels sprouts, and creamy brie, all sandwiched between hearty, seeded bread…hubbada hubbada hubbada.
As I’ve mentioned before, brussels sprouts are the one food Ryan WILL NOT eat. No way no how. Nope. I tried once to convince him otherwise, and the effort failed miserably. More sprouts for me, sucker!
If you’re not one of those anti-sprout people, and love the mini cabbages, you absolutely MUST make this sandwich. It’s a game changer.
Cold-weather comfort food at it's finest! Creamy, lightly sweet, and nutty grilled cheese made with whipped goat cheese, brussels sprouts, apples, and brie!
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes