Friday, April 19, 2013

Creative Cooking Crew: BLT (Brie, Lingonberry, Turkey) Sandwich

This month's Creative Cooking Crew challenge was to create BLTs... using different ingredients to represent each letter. That means no bacon, lettuce, or tomato. We are reinventing this classic sandwich!

I love an old-fashioned BLT. It's actually one of my favorites, when made properly (crisssssspy bacon!), but I was looking forward to trying something new. It took me a while to brainstorm my sandwich. It's been a busy month of having guests from out of town, being bed-ridden for a whole week with an awful sinus/throat/ear infection, and then going to Disney World for my birthday! I finally settled on a combo and got to work.

I  knew right away that I would want the "B" to represent Brie. It just got in my head and there was no getting around it. The other two letters took me a while to figure out. I know that jams and preserves go great with Brie, and lingonberry preserves are no exception.

Also, Brie and turkey are a superb combo, especially for sandwiches. Turkey goes well with cranberry sauce, so lingonberry preserves didn't seem like a huge stretch. And lingonberry preserves are typically served with Swedish meatballs, so they commonly marry well with meat. Works for me!

I thought making a hot sandwich on halved demi-baguettes would be really nice. Making the sandwiches was just a matter of assembling. I didn't have to create sauces or other components from scratch, so maybe I'm cheating a little, but isn't the joy of making a sandwich its convenience? I'll let you be the judge :)

BLT (Brie, Lingonberry, Turkey) Sandwich
Makes 2 sandwiches; serves 2 to 4

2 demi-baguettes (or two 9-inch-long pieces from a regular baguette), sliced lengthwise in half
4 ounces Brie, thinly sliced
8 ounces sliced roasted turkey breast
1/4 cup lingonberry preserves

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Arrange half the Brie slices on one half of each of the demi-baguettes. Arrange the turkey slices on the other half and arrange on a sheet pan. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until the Brie is melted and the turkey is heated through. Remove from the oven.

Spread 2 tablespoons of the lingonberry preserves on each sandwich and then place the two halves together. Serve while still hot or warm, sliced in half, if desired or if sharing.


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