Sunday, December 30, 2012

Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich #SundaySupper

Who is ready for New Year’s Eve?  Thanks to the #SundaySupper crew and Emeril’s new cookbook, Kicked-Up Sandwiches, I am ready to ring in a flavorful 2013.  Keep reading because by the end of this post, you’ll see how you could also receive a copy of this amazing cookbook!

I am not exaggerating when I say that I’m thrilled about this cookbook.  THRILLED!  I was so excited about this book that I brought it to work with me to show-off, and before I knew it, one of my coworkers had already inserted torn up post it notes on all the recipes that she wanted to try when she bought her own copy.  How fun is that?! 

Today, I’m delighted to show you the Three-Cheese Veggie sandwich.  I am from Wisconsin, so of course I had to make the cheese sandwich.  Now, here’s the “kicked up” part--- the Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto.  OH MY WORD, this was to die for!! TO DIE FOR!!  This takes cheese to a whole new level of love…..I’ll be making this pesto in mass quantities and freezing it. (if it makes it far enough to get to the freezer)



Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Kicked-up Sandwiches, William Morrow Publishers, New York, 2012

·         8 slices seeded or multigrain bread toasted

·         1 cup Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto

·         ½ cucumber, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick rounds

·         Salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning

·         4 slices provolone cheese

·         4 slices cheddar cheese

·         4 slices Swiss cheese,

·         ½ avocado, thinly sliced

·         ½ cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes

·         1 cup alfalfa or green leaf sprouts

·         1 teaspoon olive oil


1.       Arrange the toast slices in a single layer on a work surface.  Spread 2 tablespoons of the Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto on each slice of the bread.  On 4 of the slices, arrange the cucumber in a single layer, covering as much of the bread as possible, and season with just a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place a slice each of provolone, cheddar, and Swiss cheese on top of the cucumber.  Divide the avocado slices evenly among the sandwiches and season with salt and pepper.  Spread 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomatoes evenly over the avocado.

2.       In a small mixing bowl, toss the sprouts with the olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Spread ¼ cup of the sprouts over the tomatoes on each sandwich.  Complete the sandwiches with the remaining slices of toast.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Kicked-up Sandwiches, William Morrow Publishers, New York, 2012

·         ½ cup walnut halves or pieces, toasted

·         1 teaspoon minced garlic

·         ½ cup fresh basil leaves

·         ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves

·         ¼ cup whole sun-dried tomatoes

·         ¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

·         Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

·         1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

·         1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

·         ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil


Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until they are thoroughly chopped.  Add the garlic, basil, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar.  Pulse for a few seconds.  With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream to combine.  Transfer the pesto to a serving bowl and use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or store in the freezer for 3 months.


If you like this, you’ll certainly like what the other #SundaySupper Contributors have made this week.  Remember to stop by and see what they’ve cooked up—and don’t forget that many of them are also hosting giveaways this week!
Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Drinks:
Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Starters:
Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Dishes and Sandwiches:
Sunday Supper NYE Desserts:


Now, on to what many of you have probably been waiting for—how to enter the giveaway to receive a copy of one of Emeril’s cookbooks: Kicked-Up Sandwiches or Emeril’s Potluck.

·         Leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite Emeril recipe. (If you haven’t tried one, let me know the one that you want to try the most!)  IMPORTANT- your comment must include your twitter handle!  If you do not put your twitter handle in the comment, the entry will not count. –In order to enter the giveaway, your comment must be posted by 7pm Central time today, Sunday, December 30th, 2012.

·         Join in the conversation during the live #SundaySupper chat on Twitter from 6pm-7pm Central Time today, Sunday, December 30th, 2012.  Your tweet(s) must contain the #SundaySupper hashtag. 

The winner will be chosen randomly from the eligible entries. Eligible entries will be assigned a number and the number will be selected using  Sorry- this Giveaway is open for United States residents only.

Remember, the #SundaySupper Twitter chat is at 6pm Central Time.  To find us, all you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.  If you’re entering the giveaway on my blog, remember the requirements above—and feel free to tweet me directly if you have any questions.  My twitter handle is @FF2FFBlog

Also, please feel free to share your favorite New Year’s Eve recipe on our
#SundaySupper Pinterest Board. We are excited to have you Around the Family Table for this special Party!

*Many of the bloggers in the list are
 giving away a copy of one of either
Kicked-Up Sandwiches or Emeril’s Potluck during the #SundaySupper Chat.  The more blogs you visit and enter at, the more chances to win!


  1. I seriously want to crawl through my computer and end up in your kitchen. That sandwich looks incredible and that avocado (my favorite veggie in the world) is just calling my name.
    Plus, you know... it would be cool to hang out with you and eat an Emeril sandwich! :)
    Happy New Year my friend!

    1. Thanks! And Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. I love your version of this sandwich, Melanie! I love that pesto too!

  3. What a great pesto! I can already think of a few things I'd like to spread that on besides your beautiful sandwich.

    My favorite Emeril recipe is an old one, his home-cured smoked bacon from TV Dinners, because I loved the challenge of making my own bacon. I had friends who asked why. Because I CAN, was the only good answer. And everyone agreed, it WAS delicious! My Twitter handle is srushton1. (In case I randomly win, I do have a US mailing address.)

    Making the rounds and doing my research. : )


    1. I love that response--- "because I can!"

  4. Beautiful sandwich and a wonderful option for a vegetarian meal. The pesto sounds so good and I could see it being something I use for many different sandwiches.

  5. I agree with you! This book is fabulous and so inspirational! Thank you so much for everything you have done this past year. It is been such a pleasure getting to know you and I look forward to sharing many more #SundaySupper events Around the Family Table in 2013!

  6. I am absolutely dying to try this pesto after hearing such rave reviews from everyone! Emeril really knows how to make a sauce/pesto/ delish!

    1. This whole cookbook was amazing... I'm so excited to own it!

  7. @DJ_Lacasse
    As a long time Emeril fan (I got my first Emeril cookbook in 1994) my favorite and most requested recipe is the Barbecued Shrimp and Biscuits. The bbq sauce takes longer than the 15 minutes indicated, but be patient it's well worth the time. For those living in Central Wisconsin, Christian's Bistro offers a variation of this as an appetizer from time to time. (Chef C worked for a number of years for Emeril in New Orleans and Las Vegas)

  8. Totally agree with you on the pesto. To die for!

  9. I made this sandwich twice for lunch this week. So good!

  10. I am so in love with this sandwich

  11. Mmmmmm....definitely a sandwich for cheeseheads! So beautiful and healthy!!! Happy Sunday Supper AND Happy New Year!

    1. Being from Wisconsin, you KNOW I had to make a Kicked-Up Cheese Sandwich!

  12. Yep - being a girl from Wisconsin, the more cheese on a sandwich, the better! Happy New Year!

  13. I want to try this sandwich first! Looks good and light for New Years Day after eating too much the night before ;)

  14. That's a serious beauty shot of this amazing sandwich - I wish I could reach into my screen and grab it! The gorgeous little slices of avocado are especially enticing (I LOVE avocado). Happy New Year!

  15. I can see why you were thrilled to receive a copy of Emeril's cookbook; his recipes are always bold and flavorful. He even knows how to do a veggie justice. This sammie looks delicious.

  16. This sandwich looks SO GOOD! Good tasting and good for you! And the pesto... Wow!

  17. Yeah, really it is looking like a so yummy and attractive. I can't control my self to eat this sandwich.

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  18. This sandwich is calling my name! It looks wholesome!
    Happy New Year to you!

  19. This looks and sounds amazing! Such great ingredients and so fresh. My kind of sandwich!