Tuesday, April 26, 2011

School Me-grilled roasted tomato, pesto, goat cheese sandwich




Southerners love to be Southerners.
They take pride in their roots and traditions.
They love their bourbon.
They love their food.
And they love there Southern Sayings.

Which is kind of like a foreign language.




I have come to a point in my life where I am shrewd enough to realize I don't know everything,  but naive enough to think I can still figure it all out.





Which leads me to a wonderful Southern twist on the word 'educate'.
School Me.
Translation: Please explain this to me.
If you live in NJ , you may say it like this: WTF?




I kid.
But not really.




The first time I heard this I was relaxing in my backyard with a neighbor who would quickly become a close friend and staple in my life. I was asking her to stay for dinner and telling her I was going to barbecue up some chicken.
"You're going to do what?" she quizzically inquired.
"Barbecue up some chicken. You know, the feathery little bird that struts around laying eggs and clucking all day?"- duh
She giggled, patted me on the knee and looked at me the way you might look at someone who has forgotten to put on their pants before leaving the house. -crazy.
"Lemme School you child: barbecue is a cuisine like Thai or Italian. NOT a method of cooking like roasting or sauteing. What you mean to say is grilling. You are going to grill some chicken for dinner. In that case, Yes, I'd love to stay. Should I mix up another batch of bloody marys?"




So, in the North you barbecue.
In the South you grill.
In both places a pat on the knee and a bloody mary will make you feel better.
Now you know.

grilled tomato, goat cheese and pesto sandwich

tomatoes (1 or 2)
goat cheese
pesto (3 cups basil, 2tbsp olive oil, pinch lemon zest. Pulse in blender until sort of smooth)
crusty bread
olive oil
salt & pepper

place a bunch of tomatoes on some tin foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then wrap up and place on the grill for about 10 -15 minutes until the skins have broken open and juice is everywhere.
To assemble the sandwich: crusty bread > goat cheese > tomato > pesto
drizzle olive oil on top, salt & pepper to taste.
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