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.
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.
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.
Then I dusted the pumpkin with pumpkin spice and raisins, and layered the apple slices over the peanut butter.
I sandwiched both sides together and placed it in the George Foreman for 4 minutes.
George Foreman = best panini maker ever
Served with extra apple slices
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.
Who’s ready for fall?