“Nothing lasts forever, so live it up; drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the bullshit. Take chances and never have regrets because, at one point, everything you did was exactly what you wanted.” -Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was wrong. Because cast iron lasts forever.
But before I get into the awesomeness of cast iron and this open faced Grilled Bacon Apple Brie Sandwich, I have exciting news!
Once a month I’ll be participating in a recipe challenge with The Recipe ReDux. In case you haven’t heard, The Recipe ReDux was founded by three nutritionists with the goal of sharing healthy recipes. Each month they put out a theme, and all of us “Recipe ReDuxers” come up with a recipe.
Check out this month’s Recipe ReDux theme:
Treasured Cookware – Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!
So what is my treasured kitchen tool?
My Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle that I
borrowed stole from the hubby. Here’s the story: One day early on in our relationship we planned to spend a Saturday together. Before our date, I went over to his place for breakfast. When I got there, I was greeted with every breakfast item you could even think to buy. The hubby said he didn’t know what I liked so he just got everything (Isn’t he sweet!). He ended up making me bacon-and used this griddle.
Fast forward 7 years and I use this thing all the time. And the hubby still uses it too, especially for grilling. That is what is so cool about cast iron. Stove-top, oven, grill, fire, anything goes!
One side of it is a flat top, and the other side is a grill, which is really nice when you want to make something on the stove and still get great grill marks! We use this thing in the winter to make steak-sear it on the stove top and then finish it in the oven.
And what about the recipe?
I got my inspiration from this little German bakery we used to go to when we lived in Clarksville, TN, Silke’s Old World Breads. They made these amazing honey/brie sandwiches that I loved. So I went with that theme, and added bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right?
- 4 pieces bacon
- 4 pieces whole wheat bread
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- ½ apple, sliced very thin
- 4 pieces brie cheese
- preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- cook the bacon on a cast iron skillet
- remove bacon and set aside, drain grease, and leave the skillet on medium low heat
- butter the bread on one side and place buttered side down onto the skillet
- let cook on the stove-top for 2 minutes (this is so the bottoms will get deliciously golden brown like grilled cheese)
- meanwhile, drizzle the tops of the bread with honey, then layer apple slices, and then brie
- transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, 12-15 minutes
- drizzle more honey on top, add a piece of bacon