Am I the only one that finds that living in a household of 2 results in tons of leftovers? To avoid the overage, I find myself being overly picky with recipes I choose to tackle because some call for ingredients I will only need for that ONE recipe, and then have an excess of lying around the house. And trust me, I’m not one to let food go to waste and toss it in the trash.
Over the years I’ve come to terms that on occasion the aforementioned scenario will, undoubtedly, take place, such as with my sisters birthday cake, and I will be forced to use my creativity to use up the leftover ingredients.
Don’t get me wrong, my sisters birthday cake was completely worth the time and effort, it just left me with half a can of pineapple chunks (and I bought the large can because it was on sale) that I really had no idea what to do with. I tossed it into cottage cheese, had it with some strawberries, and just snacked on it a few times, but nothing really exciting.
Today I made it my personal mission to finish off the superfluous pineapple chunks I had haunting me in my fridge. (“Superfluous” is the best word ever, you can ask Steve Martin from “Father of the Bride!”
Grilled Hawaiian Sandwich.
You know, like the Hawaiian pizza concept, only between two slices of whole wheat bread and grilled on my Cuisinart Griddler?
Can’t beat it’s simplicity.
Just butter one side of each of the bread slices. This buttered side will eventually become the outside and allow the sandwich to get all nice and toasty.
Chop up some sauteed Canadian bacon, pineapple chunks, sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese, and add a bit of fresh ground pepper.
I built mine directly on the Griddler. Why not? Less clean-up!
Toast until the cheese is ooey-gooey and perfectly overflowing onto your plate. Yeah, that’s the official, scientifical way of knowing it’s done. If your cheese is not pouring out of the sandwich, it’s sooooo not done.
When it’s golden brown and all toasted up, use a serrated knife to slice diagonally (is there any other way?) and transport yourself to the island of Maui…or Honolulu…or the island of lunch?
Either way, do yourself a favor and try out this sandwich combination. There’s nothing better than the sweet and savory combination.
Grilled Hawaiian Sandwich
- 4 slices of bread
- 4 slices of Canadian bacon, sauteed and chopped
- 1/2 cup Italian blend cheese
- 3 pineapple rings chopped into bite size pieces
- Butter (just enough to spread on the bread slices)
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat Griddler (or use a skillet).
- Spread butter onto one side of each of the slices of bread. Turn the bread slice over and layer the Canadian bacon, pineapple chunks, and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper and top with the other slice of bread.
- Place into Griddler, or onto skillet and toast until golden and crisp.
- Use a serrated knife to slice the sandwich and serve immediately.
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