When I was a kid we didn’t have much money at all. Getting a decent meal was a rough idea. It did happen, but very rare. It was a lot of KD and mock chicken, then 3 days of pizza when cheque-day came around. I will always remember that my pal Donny’s folks had what we called a ‘snack shack’ where you could turn a sandwich into a gooey, cheesy pocket of fuckin’ eh right awesomeness. Grilled sandwiches have become a bit of a thing the last decade or so, but it will never be like those starving days when I was a kid hanging with Donny eating homemade pockets and drinking Kool-Aid. Here’s a recipe I like for a bit of a more sophisticated version of that old favorite.
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced (the sweeter the better)
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons butter
4 slices bread of choice
1 cup gouda, shredded
Preheat oven to 400°F.
On a baking sheet toss sliced mushrooms and onion in olive oil. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, or until roasted to preference.
In a skillet stove top, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat.While butter is melting, assemble sandwiches. On one slice of bread, layer shredded gouda, the roasted mushrooms and onions, then more gouda. (Layering this way ensures that the melty cheese will hold the sandwich together.) Salt and pepper to taste. Top with the other slice of bread. Lightly press together.
In the melted butter place one sandwich down for one second, then gently flip it over to the other side. Repeat with other sandwich. Cook for about 2 minutes, until lightly browned, then gently flip sandwich on other side, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sandwich is browned to preference.