Every year, on Thanksgiving, I make a roasted turkey.
Every year, on Hanukkah, I make a roasted goose.
This year, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah are on the same day.
So, what to do? Turkey or goose?
I thought about turducken but that’s a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey. No goose. Even if it included goose, turducken isn’t my thing. Too much work and the chicken and duck inside is steamed, not roasted.
Not for me.
I could make goose the night before, on the first night of Hanukkah, but that’s always the latke fest and to eat potato latkes without sour cream is unthinkable.
So, I’m in a quandary.
If anyone would like to voice an opinion, I’m all ears.
Actually, Hanukkah lasts for 8 days. AND, it’s a holiday featuring food with dairy, especially cheese. AND everyone loves grilled cheese. AND there are always leftovers of everything.
So, during the long holiday weekend when the entire clan is here, we are sure to be eating one of these Grilled Cheese and Cranberry Paninis.
Grilled Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Panini
2 slices rye bread
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 ounce slices Muenster, cheddar, Manchego or fontina cheese
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
Spread one slice of the bread with a half tablespoon of the butter. Spread the other slice of bread with the marmalade. Place the cheese and cranberry sauce on top of one of the bread slices, then cover the sandwich with the other slice. Melt half the remaining butter in a saute pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, place the sandwich in the pan. Place another, heavier pan on top. Cook for about 2 minutes. Remove the heavier pan, lift the sandwich with a spatula and add the remaining butter to the pan. When the butter has melted, turn the sandwich on the uncooked side, weight down with the heavier pan and cook for another minute or so or until second side is golden brown. Makes 1 serving