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Southwestern Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

Southwestern Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

Southwestern Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

If you come over to my house, I will feed you. It is likely I will also send you home with baked goods. When my friend Erin came over the other day, I wanted to make a fun lunch, and you know how I love am completely obsessed with grilled cheese, so I made a Southwestern Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes, Avocado, Turkey, and a Chipotle Ranch Dressing. The chilly fall weather really makes me crave a warm sandwich at lunchtime, and this was just what we needed to warm us up and fill us up.

I bet that the mashed avocado and roasted tomatoes pictured below would have been wonderful just as is, and I might try that out another day.

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Total time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2

You will need:
1 large Tomato
Salt and Pepper
1 Avocado
2 tablespoons Butter
4 slices of Sourdough Bread
2 tablespoons Chipotle Ranch Dressing
6 slices Roast Turkey
4 slices Cheddar

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the tomato into thick slices and spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven to roast. You will roast these tomatoes for 10 minutes, and you can get to work on preparing the other ingredients during this time.

Step 2:
Slice the avocado, remove the pit, and then scoop the avocado out of the skin and into a bowl. Mash with a fork. I always mash avocado before adding it to a sandwich, otherwise it tends to fall out.

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Step 3:
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Then place 2 slices of bread butter side down on a work surface. Spread the chipotle ranch dressing on top. Then add the mashed avocado on top, and 1 slice of cheddar on top.

Step 4:
Remove the tomatoes from the oven, and add then on top of the cheese. Add the turkey, and the rest of the cheese, and add the second slices of bread to the sandwiches, buttered side facing up.

Step 5:
Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat. Add the sandwiches. The key is to keep the heat low enough that the cheese will melt before the bread gets too browned. After about 4-5 minutes, the cheese should be melted and the bread should be golden brown. Flip the sandwiches, and brown the second side. Slice in half and enjoy!

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