I’m feeling kind of frisky. It’s a beautiful spring day and I’d love to be out digging in the dirt, but I have nine people coming for Easter lunch so I’ve been lurking around the internet trying to find something different to cook. (My family is used to being my guinea pigs and I can’t tell you how many of my experiments have not gone well.)
I refuse to do my usual boring thing this year. Of course, my aunt Emma will bring the Honey Baked Ham and Spinach Madeline. But I’m thinking of doing a platter of Rachel sandwiches for a side. I got the recipe off my favorite new website – Closetcooking.com.
It’s the female version of a Ruben but made with turkey rather than cornbeef, and slaw rather than sauerkraut. I may get really adventurous and use Kimchee – a fermented cabbage salad you can buy in the Asian market.
To round it out I’m doing roasted asparagus with hollandaise and maybe some oven “fried” zucchini which are fabulous. No potatoes or rice this year. I’m low carbing and forcing everyone else to follow suit. (Rye bread is legal on my program).
Here’s the Rachel recipe in case you’re interested.
- 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
- 2 slices rye, lightly toasted
- 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded and at room temperature
- 1-2 slices roast turkey, warm (I’ll get mine at the deli counter)
- 1/4 cup coleslaw squeezed, drained and coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Russian dressing or thousand islands dressing
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Butter the outside of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheese on the inside of one slice of bread, top with the turkey, coleslaw or sauerkraut, dressing, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread.
- Add the sandwich and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.
- My wheat grass, planted less than month ago from seeds Ginger gave me, are ready for their final haircut before becoming easter baskets for my centerpiece. They were so much fun to grow – especially for impatient gardeners like myself. They offer almost instant gratification.
- Now, go out and have a good Good Friday! And let me know if you have an interesting easy Easter sidedish recipe I might borrow.