Friday, January 18, 2013

Vegan Avocado Grilled Cheese W/ Caramelized Onions & Garlic Hummus Sandwiches

Crisp grilled "cheese" sandwiches with a lovely twist & a glass of almond milk!
One of my favorite sandwiches growing up- the almighty grilled cheese!
My sister and I used to make ours extra fancy, sprinkling the bread with garlic and onion powders, and a splash of green pickle juice from the Vlasic jar! Yes, pickle juice. That strange ingredient brought out something special.
Well, now more grown up and of course vegan, I've been crafting all sorts of phenomenal grilled cheese centers- portabella mushrooms, spinach, Roma tomatoes, onions, and everything in between that makes the cheese and bread not be so alone in their greasy relationship.
Today's recipe is one helluva winner!
With olive oil and seasonings toning up crisp wheat bread and cheddar melting perfectly, it's the added benefit of smashed avocado, Trader Joe's amazing mellow garlic flavored hummus, and caramelized onions blended together that brings forth a unique concoction that would make any lunchtime a memorable one.  
Though no pickle juice has ever set surface again, that doesn't mean that it won't!

Vegan Avocado Grilled Cheese W/ Caramelized Onions & Garlic Hummus Sandwiches Ingredients

2 tablespoon olive oil
2 thin slices white onion
4 slices 100% whole wheat bread (or any desired gluten-free variety)
2 tablespoon Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic Hummus
1 ripened avocado
2 thick slices Daiya Cheddar Style Wedges
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Getting the ingredients together.
While the onions are caramelizing in a small amount of olive oil (about 2 teaspoons or less), prep the sandwiches. Start off by spreading hummus on 2 slices of bread.
Cut the avocado in half, remove seed, & smash each onto the bread right on top of the hummus, smoothing with a knife.
Layer the finished onions & top with a slice of cheese each.
Drizzle each side lightly with olive oil, Italian seasonings, & garlic powder. Place on a medium heat skillet (making sure it's really hot when the first sandwich is laid right in), flatten with back of spatula for a few seconds & cover. Each side takes about 3-5 minutes to brown.
Caution- filling will be hot!
Crisp & "buttery."
Tastes just like a fancy Italian style garlic bread with an ooey gooey creamy rich inside.

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