Pumpkin and Sage Grilled Cheese

October 17, 2012 · 19 comments

On Monday night, in a weirdly quiet hotel room, I discovered that when I speak to my tablet, it types my words. (Okay…sometimes it just types words. But they’re mostly mine.)

I only sort of live under a rock. I knew this thing existed. I just didn’t know I had access to it…or if I even wanted access to it. But, I started speaking/writing, and I realized, can I even call this writing? I mostly felt like a crazy lady talking to herself…but is that what writers are?

These are just the things in my head these days. (Floating around with the mental notes to water the flowers and brush the dog…which probably didn’t happen because I was philosophizing. Right? Right.)

What I actually want to tell you about is what I’m genuinely, newly obsessed with putting in my face. Basically, it’s anything that involves fresh sage and pumpkin. Together.

It started with this pumpkin alfredo that I opened the world’s largest can of pumpkin to make…and kind of out of necessity, but also out of food crush tendencies just won’t stop.

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese in Pan

I’ve decided sage is the magic trick to making pumpkin fit into anything savory…especially grilled cheese.

I know. Grilled cheese is a comfort thing. I sometimes don’t want to mess with it. But this was seriously worth it.

Thick sliced Italian bread is sandwiched with marscapone, mozzarella and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. This is a lot of cheese. I love it. The sweetness behind the marscapone is balanced with the pumpkin, and the sage just ties everything together.

I’m into just lightly toasted grilled cheeses with extra cheese…and now, fall flavor.

I’m seriously trying to figure out how I can sneak home from work to make this for lunch the rest of this week. I’ll go back. It’d just be an extended grilled cheese break.

I think talk/typing my e-mails is definitely the trick.

Pumpkin and Sage Grilled Cheese
(ingredients below will make one sandwich)

2 thick slices fresh Italian bread
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon marscapone cheese
1-2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices mozzarella cheese
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped into small pieces

Butter each slice of bread, and set one slice butter side down in a skillet over medium-low heat. Spread the top of the bread with marscapone cheese and sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Top cheddar with mozzarella, and spread pumpkin atop mozzarella. Sprinkle with sage, and top with the other slice of bread, buttered side up. Cook over medium-low heat until cheese melts, then increase heat to medium-high to toast each side evenly. Wait a few minutes before cutting grilled cheese in half to prevent cheese from spilling out everywhere.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

LOVE this idea for grilled cheese! Sounds delicious!

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Cinnamon @ eatpraytri October 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

see? this is where I wish I liked pumpkin. I just dont. This time of year is hard for me. What is a girl to do?

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Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! October 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

Ooooh, what a fabulous idea to put pumpkin on this! Simply delicious!!!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

Ohhhhh!! Your sandwich looks delicious!!! Don’t you hate when your at work and you want to go home to make something? I’m like that everyday!! :)

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

I love pairing butternut squash with sage so pumpkin and sage also seem like a natural combo. That first picture is drool-worthy!

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Monet October 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

I have yet to try this combo, but now I can’t wait. Pumpkin and sage sounds HEAVENLY! Thank you so much for sharing with me! I’ll be making this soon (as in tonight!)

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 18, 2012 at 10:59 am

Oh, this sounds like a fantastic grilled cheese!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Holy crap, that is a grilled cheese!

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amy @ fearless homemaker October 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I couldn’t agree more than pumpkin + sage = awesome. I make a pumpkin sage cream sauce for pasta that is fantastic. And this grilled cheese looks even more delicious – YUM!

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Jen @ Savory Simple October 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

What a perfect fall sandwich!

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Brittany October 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Oh my good lord. I am a vegan, but want to take a vegan vacation for this recipe!! YUM!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

This is freakin brilliant. How do you come up with this stuff??!! I love grilled cheese and never thought to put pumpkin with it

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian October 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Seriously!?!
I am staring at this picture over and over. This looks too good for words! But one word at least..delicious!
I love pumpkin in so many ways and this just puts me over the edge. I will be making this as soon as I get to the grocery store! ;)

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Baker Street October 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

Love the idea of this grilled cheese!! Pumpkin and sage – Mmmm.

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Emily @ Life on Food October 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

My mouth is watering right now. This looks amazing!

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Ashley - Baker by Nature October 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I want this right now!

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Margo October 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

I definitely like pumpkin with the savory herbs more than the sweet spices – same with sweet potatoes. Going to try this with soup or salad this week -thank you!

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Kitchen Belleicious October 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

now this what fall is all about. for a pumpkin lover, a grill cheese lover I am all over this sandwich! LOVE!

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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection October 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

I’m drooling over here. This looks amazing!!

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