I have been sick for the past 2 ½ weeks.
I am not one to usually complain about not feeling well, but literally, this is the virus that won’t go away….and the worst part of it all, was that for the last 5 days, I couldn’t taste ANYTHING.
Let me restate that, I couldn’t taste ANYTHING. If you gave me dog sh*t and a filet mignon on the same plate, and told me to eat them, I wouldn’t be able to taste the difference…. And after 5 days of this chef torture I was convinced my career as a chef was over and that I would never taste food again. I really don’t know what there would be to live for at that point (besides my family)….but seriously, imagine never being able to taste anything ever again?!
However, after a wonderful turn of events, this morning when I woke up, my taste buds decided to return and make their debut, despite still be completely sick. I was immediately invigorated to cook up a super flavorful meal for dinner because my buds were back! I am not sure why this dish came to mind, but I had made it a few months ago and have been meaning to blog it ever since and if ever there was a meal with a ton of bold flavors, this is it:
Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, and a Homemade Red Onion Jam sandwiched between two pieces of Rye Bread and heated up in a Panini maker.
Flavorcity, Population: ME.
My dad recently gave me his Panini Maker which he received as a gift and declared he only used once in the 2 years he owned it. He knew that I would get more use out of it (100% true) so now said Panini Maker is in my custody and I am a happy Cheffy. Since receiving this beautiful piece of machinery, I have been Panini-ing everything (Panini-ing should be a verb)…. from Quesadillas, to Grilled Cheese, to plain Toast, a Panini maker knows no bounds. So anytime I think up a sandwich that would benefit from the wonders of the Panini Machine, I am psyched.
In addition to my affinity for the Panini Machine, I have also been into making Savory Jams lately (see my Bacon Jam here). These savory yet kind of sweet condiments can take a normal sandwich to the next level.
This sandwich can be made with some variations, which I have tried before…you can use Gruyere Cheese instead of Swiss and you can make it into a “quesadilla” by subbing out the Rye Bread for a flour tortilla – both of these variations were delicious!
Red Onion Jam
Homemade Sweet and Savory Red Onion Jam
Pastrami, Swiss & Red Onion Jam Panini Sandwiches
Amp up a typical sandwich with Homemade Red Onion Jam!