This past week, she expressed to us her desires to be an only child – that sometimes Isabelle (our oldest) gets her way, sometimes we get our way, but mostly, the baby gets her way. In an effort to give her special time, Brian and I lay in bed with her snuggling one night. And then, he did it… “We love you very much, Isabelle.” REALLY, DAD?!?! Timing is everything. This couldn’t have been a worse time to say the wrong name in bed. (I’ll start saving now for her therapy bill.)
In honor of all middle children, we offer you a recipe for a Grilled Margherita Sandwich. To you, who are sandwiched between the overachieving older sibling and younger spoiled one, we raise our forks to you. Cheers to my middle siblings – Brian and Tim – for any and all resentments and added therapy caused when I joined the family. To the oldest and youngest, mark your calendars…August 12 is National Middle Sibling Day. (It’ll probably be forgotten like those middle child baby books, but I thought it was worth mentioning…)
Grilled Margherita Sandwich
Makes: 2 sandwiches
- 4 (1/2-inch) slices crusty Italian bread
- 1 large garlic clove, quartered
- 4 to 6 thin slices whole-milk mozzarella cheese (about 3 oz.)
- 1 large plum tomato, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic-pepper seasoning
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Rub both sides of each bread slice with garlic. Place 2 slices on work surface; top each with one-fourth of the cheese and half of the tomato and basil. Sprinkle each with 1/8 teaspoon of the seasoning; top with remaining cheese and bread slices.
Brush tops of sandwiches with some of the oil; sprinkle with some of the seasoning. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Place sandwiches, brushed-sides down, in skillet; cover and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and cheese on bottom of sandwich begins to melt.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Brush tops of sandwiches with remaining oil; sprinkle with remaining seasoning. Turn; cover and cook 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.