Perhaps it’s a good thing Thanksgiving only happens once a year. This decadent Turkey Brie Grilled Cheese sandwich with cranberry mustard might be a little over the top, but once a year, it seems . . . . reasonable, doesn’t it? The richness of the brie is balanced by the tangy bite of the homemade cranberry mustard, and if feeling too lazy after all the holiday hubbub to actually make the cranberry mustard from scratch, there is an easy cheater version that works well too. Either way, the sandwich is pure and total comfort food.
In the coming weeks, our life will get crazy once more with all the holiday catering and events. In some ways, I almost dread this time of year, because for me it’s fraught with worries and anxieties about work. In the end, it always turns out, but still I manage to get myself all wound up about it. I want everything to be good, and perfect of course. 🙂
So this week feels like the calm before the storm. I’m trying to soak up the little moments as I can. Early mornings spent fireside. Sunlight. Brisk walks. Twinkling stars. Focusing on the good things, the amazing things really, that I normally don’t give a second thought to. Like breathing.
So here’s to breathing. To being alive today. To getting to experience one more day of this thrilling roller coaster ride with all its beauty, magic, frustration and heartache.
This morning, my heart feels thankful. To those who raised me, to those who have befriended me. To he who stands by my side, day in and day out, steady and faithful. To the trees for waving their long arms in the wind. To the birds who sing for the pure joy of it. To the sky for being so big and full and endless. To my cat for laying by my side, purring her loving energy into me each morning as I watch the sun slowly rise up, shining its light on my face for seven glorious minutes before slipping behind the sycamore . . . . thank you.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Cranberry mustard is easy to make. Put everything in a pot and stir. It can be preserved in jars like jam, and make nice gifts. But if you are not in the mood to make the mustard, an easy alternative is to mix cranberry relish with prepared whole grain mustard. Voila.
It tastes quite good with anything rich, meaty or gamey.
Layer the bread, turkey, brie, and a generous helping of cranberry mustard and a few leaves of thyme.
Enjoy and hope you have a delicious, and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Grilled Brie, Turkey and Cranberry Mustard Sandwiches (makes 2)
1- 2 tablespoons oil
1- 2 tablespoons butter
4 pieces of rustic sourdough bread
2 ounces sliced brie (¼ inch thick)
1 teaspoon thyme leaves (optional)
4- 6 tablespoons cranberry mustard
Preheat oven to 400 F
Take two slices of good quality sourdough bread and layer with sliced brie (¼ inch thick) , then turkey, and a few generous dollops of cranberry mustard. Top with the other slice of bread. In a skillet, heat a mixture of butter and oil and toast the sandwich, on medium heat, on both sides until perfectly golden in color. Place in the warm oven until sandwich is heated through and brie is melty.
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Cranberry Mustard ( makes 2 ¾ Cups)
½ red onion, diced
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups fresh cranberries
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked pepper
⅓ cup sugar
4 tablespoons whole mustard seeds
1 tablespoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon ground allspice
In a medium sized heavy bottom pot, sauté the onion over medium high heat until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine, bring to a simmer, cover, and turn heat to low for 10 minutes. Turn heat off, leave covered and let stand for one hour. Check consistency. If you like a looser mustard, add a few tablespoons of water to get it to desired consistency.
Preserve like you would jam, or refrigerate.
Cheater version: Mix 2 parts cranberry sauce with 1 part whole grain mustard.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes