Goat Rodeo Grilled Cheese with Artichoke & Arugula Pesto

Great ingredients make great food. It follows, of course, that we started off this grilled cheese with fantastic bread from Mediterra Bakehouse. In search of cheese, we chose Goat Rodeo, a local farm and cheesemonger working with a herd of 100 Alpine and Nubian goats. We chose Wild Rosemary, a mixed-milk cheese whose exterior is finished with rosemary and extra-virgin olive oil. Just a quick toast-up under the broiler and a slather of artichoke and arugula pesto and we bit into a little bit of heaven.

GOAT RODEO GRILLED CHEESE WITH ARTICHOKE & ARUGULA PESTO RECIPE

INGREDIENTS FOR THE PESTO:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pepitas, roasted and salted
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor, add basil, artichokes, garlic, pepper flakes, Parm, pepitas, lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano.
  2. Pulse until a smooth sauce forms.
  3. This can be frozen for up to 6 months or in the refrigerator for 1 week.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE GRILLED CHEESE:

  • 2 slices Mediterra sourdough bread
  • Goat Rodeo Wild Rosemary cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 2 tbsp homemade artichoke & arugula pesto

INSTRUCTIONS

Assemble grilled cheese with all ingredients, toast in a pan with butter until each side is golden brown and the cheese is melty on the inside.

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Recipes and Styling by Anna Calabrese / Photography by Dave Bryce

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