Not to name any names, but SOMEONE posted a pic on Facebook a few weeks ago of a the lunch he had just made up for himself — a spaghetti and meatball grilled cheese sandwich. My kids saw the picture, and having been reminded of the idea that SOMEONE ELSE (again, not naming any names) had planted in their heads months before of the same sandwich, they wanted that sandwich. And look mom, we just happen to have leftover spaghetti and meatballs in the fridge.
I know, I know, pasta on bread. Carbs on carbs. Crazy isn’t it? Crazy good, I say.
This is not the kind of meal one should have every day, or every week, or even every month. But oh my, what a cozy comfort on a plate.
Spaghetti and Meatball Grilled Cheese Sandwich
2 slices sandwich bread (no high fiber, 800-grain stuff here, we’re talking white bread, ’nuff said)
mayonnaise (and not Miracle Whip — what the hell is that, anyway?)
leftover spaghetti and meatballs, roughly chopped, and warmed up
one slice cheese (provolone, mozzarella, havarti all work well)
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Spread mayonnaise on one slice of bread, place bread mayo-side down in the skillet. Carefully spoon spaghetti mixture onto the bread in the skillet. Place cheese slice on top of spaghetti. Spread mayonnaise on other slice of bread. Carefully place bread on top of cheese, mayo-side up. Once bottom slice has browned nicely (peek by lifting an edge with your spatula), flip the sandwich and cook until the other side is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Serve with a healthy dose of veggies to assuage any feelings of remorse.
*Note: Some of the spaghetti will fall into the skillet, perhaps with a bit of melty cheese attached. That’s okay. That’s a cook’s treat. And if you don’t know what that means, you need to cook more.