CSA Sandwich Greens

>> Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This weekend we picked up the first installment of our CSA farm share for the season. We've been looking forward to it for so long, we almost missed the pickup! It's 12:45 Saturday afternoon. Ada had just gone down for a nap. We tend to completely unplug on weekends, but Stephen had to check his email.

Thank goodness he did -- there was a reminder from the farm to bring baskets to fill full of their fresh produce. (Sort of like: Oh, YEAH. That's right! THE CSA! And the farmers' market closes at 1 . . .)

Obviously the crisis was averted. Stephen booked it to the market and got our stuff as they were closing.

Here's what's inside this week's basket:

So many fresh, organic greens. We had to put them to use ASAP. I think you may have noticed that we like to eat big sandwiches on weekends. Actually, it's sort of a dream of ours to own a sandwich shop. Not one that I think we'll ever indulge. But we enjoy coming up with new creations and combining new flavors. The eating part is the best.

This is by far one of the best ones we've ever made.

Mozzarella cheese marinated in balsamic vinegar.
Just cut a few thick slices, drizzle the vinegar, and coat. Let sit in the fridge for an hour.

Homemade seitan, thinly sliced and pan-cooked to brown with horseradish-mayo.
Well, we splurged on some Vegenaise. It's one of our shared food quirks. We don't like real mayo. 3 tablespoons mayo to 1 tablespoon horseradish. Or to taste.

Avocado slices and a thick layer of CSA greens.
I drizzled the leftover balsamic on this layer. Delicious.

All of this in between two substantial (and toasted) slices of rosemary salt bread from Wegmans.
We made our own loaves once, but didn't think ahead of time for this sandwich.

As Stephen put it, it was the "perfect combination of hot/cold, crispy/crunchy, and buttery/creamy" that he's ever had. Seriously. He would not shut up about this sandwich. We made it again with the leftover bread the next day. We didn't have seitan left, so we each replaced it with a fried egg.

Overall, a great start to our relationship with the CSA. I wonder what next week's haul will be! If you have any great sandwich combinations you'd like to share with us -- please do. We're always looking for something new to try!


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