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Grilled Pumpkin, Peanut Butter, and Apple Sandwich

by Meghann on September 20, 2012

What flavors come to mind when you think of fall?

I think of pumpkin, apple, hearty soups, and lots of spice. There’s a lot of orange, a lot of brown, and a whole lot of rich, comforting flavors with a subtly sweet undertone.

I think my lunchtime sandwich embodies the best of what fall had to offer. You’ve got the pumpkin, you’ve got the subtle sweetness, and you’ve got the comfort. It was stick-to-your bones good.

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(Yes, I had a little fun with photoshop on this one. My friend Diana introduced me to the wonderful world of free fonts and I’m a little obsessed. The above fonts can all be found HERE.)

The Grilled Pumpkin, Peanut Butter, and Apple Sandwich was inspired by the pumpkin and peanut butter toast I made the other day for breakfast. I was going to make the same combo again for lunch, but decided to take it a couple of steps further by turning the combo into a sandwich and adding apple slices.

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The results? Delicious. A new fall favorite that leaves me wishing the leaves were changing under a nice cool breeze outside, instead of the thunderstorm currently happening (:-/)

Here’s the breakdown:

Grilled Pumpkin, Peanut Butter, and Apple Sandwich

  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 apple (sliced thinly)
  • few raisins
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread

Alright, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. If you want your grilled sandwich to stay stuck together when it’s done, you want to have a “sticking” component on both sides of the bread (such as cheese, hummus, etc). For today’s sandwich, I slathered pumpkin on one side and peanut butter on the other.

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Then I dusted the pumpkin with pumpkin spice and raisins, and layered the apple slices over the peanut butter.

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I sandwiched both sides together and placed it in the George Foreman for 4 minutes.

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George Foreman = best panini maker ever

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Done!

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Served with extra apple slices

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If you prefer your pumpkin a little sweeter, I would drizzle a little honey over it. Other wise the apples and raisins give it a nice hint of sweetness without overpowering the sandwich.

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So. Good.

Who’s ready for fall?

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