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sweet potato grilled cheese sandwich with kale pesto

March 25, 2013

This is a farmers lunch that really hits the spot!


We spent the majority of our weekend up at the farm. There was an unexpected wind and snow storm and we were a little worried that our propane tank (which is how we are heating our greenhouse) was running low. If the propane tanks runs out we are screwed! All of our precious seedlings could be goners in an instant! We brought snacks and beer while we babysat during the storm.


11 o’clockย at night and things are looking warm and cozy.


Including me!


Taylor was busying checking the weather forecast while I did jumping jacks in-between sips of beer to stay warm!


It was a long night but we pretended like we were on an awesome camping trip. We told silly stories, sang stupid songs, and ate snack food. Our heater was almost as good as a bon fire. All that was missing was an endless supply of s’mores and a few rounds of Kumbaya.ย  We didn’t get home until really late but our seedlings survived. We are bringing sleeping bags with us next time!


The morning came before we knew it, but we felt well rested. We are getting pretty good at surviving unexpected storms. Our seedlings are proving to be total rock stars, the weatherman on the other hand is on my shit list!


As always, after a storm the sun will always find a way to shine. These sweet potato grilled cheese sandwiches with kale pesto were the light at the end of a dark tunnel. Enjoy!

The kale pesto recipe can be found in this old blog post of mine

For the sandwiches: Serves two

1-2 TBS olive oil

1 large sweet potato, scrubbed clean and cut into 1/4 inch rounds

4 slices of your favorite sandwich bread

goat cheese

red onion


salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 400. In a large bowl mix sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes (flipping sweet potatoes halfway through) or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Remover from oven and set aside. Leave the oven on.

To assemble your sandwiches first smear a healthy portion of kale pesto on both slices of bread. Place a few rounds of sweet potato, followed by red onion, goat cheese crumbles, and a drizzle of olive oil. Place sandwiches open-faced in the oven for a couple of minutes, or just until bread toasts and cheese melts. Remove from oven and add arugula. Enjoy!


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27 thoughts on “sweet potato grilled cheese sandwich with kale pesto

  1. lisa fine says:

    Sweet potatoes and goat cheese are one of my favorite combos, as are sweet potatoes on a sandwich. Triple yum.

    Glad your seedlings are okay. I’d be freaked out too. Going to check out your kale pesto recipe now.

  2. wow, this sandwich needs to be served in a cafe! it looks beautiful! Glad you survived the storm!

  3. Hahaha to “the weatherman is on my shit list.” They haven’t been doing a good job over in these parts either!! But that looks like a fun camping trip.

  4. Yummm you know I’m a sucker for anything with sweet potato. ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks awesome!

    1. abemis11 says:

      you and I both sister ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Beth says:

    Did Henry come with you to your hoop house? Or did you leave him at home? I could see good reasons for both, but am guessing that you kept him safe, warm & quiet at home. Tho he probably wondered what the heck you were doing out til all hours!
    Glad to hear that your seedlings are all doing well. They surely are a mass of well-loved vegetation. Congratulations on another agricultural victory. Onward!

    1. abemis11 says:

      Beth, we kept Henry at home for this one! he is not a fan of storms and we did not want to upset him. However, he is getting better in these kinds of situations and we are trying to introduce him to more and more situations like this. It is a work in progress ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sophie33 says:

    What a lot of hard farm work you do! To enjoy these lovely stuffed sandwiches must taste awesome & so good! Yummm!

  7. Glad to hear your propane tank didn’t run out during the storm and everything survived! I got a really good mental image of you drinking beer and doing jumping jacks during all of this too, haha!
    That is one creative grilled cheese, I would love to try a bite!

  8. Look at you guys – farmers by day, campers by night, cooks throughout! Dedication. I love it. I have been eating up sweet potatoes like no other right now. This looks great!

  9. Wow, farming takes a LOT of dedication! I’m not sure how many times I’d babysit my work like that before getting stupid frustrated and going crazy. That sandwich looks amazing! Perfect comfort food.

  10. Sounds like you two had very exciting greenhouse party ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that grilled cheese sandwich of yours. I’m sure that with these sweet potato slices it’s not only delicious but also very filling. Kale pesto is a brilliant. idea.

  11. It looks like you have been one busy lady! Glad that things are going well now, as long as the temps go up from here! I’ll also take this sandwich and a cold beer too, please and thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You guys are so cute how you treat your seedlings like children! I don’t think I’ve tried sweet potato and goat cheese together but they’re two of my favourite things so I would love this!

  13. Your seedlings are looking so good–and so is that sandwich! OMG, that is like my dream grilled cheese. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Sweet potatoes with grilled cheese sounds like the PERFECT combination!! Yum :).

  15. Sounds like you made the best of the situation…beer and snacks always make things better ๐Ÿ™‚ This grilled cheese sounds right up my alley with the sweet potatoes and kale pesto…two of my favorite things!!

  16. What a delicious combination of flavors!! Kale pesto sounds so intriguing! Definitely a step away from the regular basil pesto but DEFINITELY something I’d be sooo in love with. I love this grilled cheese creation, all the flavors just go so well together!

  17. What a long night! Way to make the most of it!

  18. Sweet potato on grilled cheese! That is just pure genius right there.

  19. Megan Q. says:

    I love how positive you are (“As always, after a storm the sun will always find a way to shine.”)!! This sandwich looks delicious! I think I will have to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Julia says:

    How COOL is your greenhouse! I hope that propane keeps chugging along…seems to be doing the trick for your sprouted veggies! Your grilled cheese looks packed full of everything I want and need! I have a kale pesto sando coming up this week too and yours is making me want to make up some more pesto!

  21. Your ‘adventures’ look so cool from where I’m sitting. That sandwich looks so incredible. I need lunch and it looks like it would hit the spot. I’ve got basil and cashew pesto.. hmmm

  22. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple says:

    Andrea, this is possibly my favorite meal you have posted. I can’t eat grains (bread) any longer, but I may have to bake a grain-free bread just so I can eat this perfectly-combined-ingredients sandwich!

    1. abemis11 says:

      Definitely bake the grain free bread and make this! So tasty!

  23. Hey! I wanted to let you know when a person clicks on the link to your old blog post about kale pesto, the link actually takes that person to a website about electronic cigarettes.
    Weird, right? And (I assume) a mistake.

  24. josef says:

    Yummmy yummmy,that need to be served to a special women…

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