Warm roasted veggies, honey-chive goat cheese, grilled flatbread and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Does food get any Fall-ier?
Fall Flatbread Sandwich
- 4 pieces whole wheat naan (sub pita or bread of choice)
- 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
- 2 cups brussels sprouts, diced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Preheat your oven to 400.
- In a large bowl, toss your cubed squash and diced brussels sprouts in olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
- Transfer veggies to a baking sheet and bake for 20 min, tossing halfway through.
- While the veggies are baking, mix together your goat cheese, honey and chives in a small bowl and set aside.
- With a couple minutes left on the oven timer, begin to dry toast your naan on a grill pan (or regular skillet) over high heat. Toast each side for 1-2 minutes, just until it is warm with some nice char marks.
- When your veggies are done, assemble your flatbread : spread about 2 tablespoons of honey-chive goat cheese on each flatbread, top with 1/4 the roasted veggies, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
- Do this for all 4 flatbreads, then decided if you want to slice it into pieces or fold it in half and eat it as a sandwich. Either way, EAT UP.
This recipe honestly happened to me by accident. I bought a random assortment of things from Trader Joes when I was overly hungry, and then when I got home I smushed them all together and thought… WELL I’LL BE, THIS IS PRETTY DANG GOOD. (But I can make it even better.) So I did. Originally I just used some cold naan, that dumb spreadable cheese in a wheel, and added some roasted veggies. And in the midst of that I knew there was the base of a truly amazing meal. *I was totally right.*
The really magical thing about these flatbreads is that there are multiple ways to serve/eat them. You can cut them into fancy small pieces and serve it at a dinner party. OR you can just fold that puppy in half and eat it like a messy delicious sandwich. (Cause we all know the general rule of thumb is that the messier the sandwich, the better it tastes.)
I have used this honey-chive goat cheese before to make these Pickled Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese (those are also a great party appetizer.) I tell you that mostly because basically it’s the most simple and delicious way to eat goat cheese. PERIOD. End of story. It’s sweet and chivey. Yeah, I said it. CHIVEY. But that sweet, chivey taste works perfectly with the salty and sweet flavors in the roasted squash and sprouts. It makes a Fall flavor medley in your mouth and then you go and add the balsamic vinegar and warm, slightly charred naan – well, you might actually start singing. Hey, I warned you.
Now I’m generally not a person to recommend get the best of the best ingredients, because let’s be real – we aren’t made of money. And if the cheap cereal tastes fine, why buy the expensive one? That’s an irrelevant comparison, but you get the point. I don’t just recommend you shell out cash on things you don’t need. But I will recommend this… buy a semi-nice balsamic vinegar. I don’t mean it has to cost $20 per bottle, but maybe buy the mid range bottle instead of the cheapest. It is a product that you can tell the difference between when it’s fine, and when it’s GOOD. And on a sandwich as delicious as this one, it’s worth the extra few dollars.
Here is the last thing you should know about this flatbread sandwich thing… it tastes just as good cold as it does when the naan is warm and charred and the veggies are right out of the oven. So don’t fret if you think this sounds like a great sandwich, but need something to take to work. THIS CAN BE YOUR GUY. For instance, I may or may not have left an extra sandwich or two out (covered) during the day. And I may or may not have just picked it up and put it in my mouth at dinner time. And it was still freaking delicious. So yes, you can pack these for lunch. And if your guests don’t arrive right when the food is hot, it’s all gonna be okay. Food is still food, and this fall flatbread is still delicious.