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Inside Out Grilled Cheese California Club Sandwich



Basil Purée: – 8 ounces basil leaves, stems removed – 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – 1 teaspoon kosher salt Basil Aioli: – 4 cups mayonnaise – ½ cup Basil Purée – ¼ cup chopped garlic – 2 tablespoons lemon juice – 1 tablespoon kosher salt – 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette: – 2 ½ cups olive oil – 2 cups red wine vinegar – 1/3 cup Dijon mustard – 2 tablespoons honey – 1 tablespoon kosher salt Sandwich: – 3 pounds Real California Hispanic-style Manchego cheese, grated – 48 thick cut slices brioche bread – 1 ½ pounds Real California unsalted butter – 6 cups baby kale leaves – 6 pounds thinly sliced roasted turkey – 48 thick slices tomato – 12 avocados, peeled, seeded and cut in 1/4-inch slices – 96 slices thick applewood-smoked bacon, cooked crisp
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To prepare the basil purée, bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the basil leaves for 20 seconds. Transfer leaves to an ice water bath for a few seconds. Drain and pat dry with towels. Place basil, oil and salt in food processor and blend until completely puréed.

To prepare the basil aioli, whisk together mayonnaise, ½ cup basil purée, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a stainless-steel bowl until thoroughly mixed.

To prepare the Dijon mustard vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and salt in a stainless-steel bowl until thoroughly mixed.

To prepare sandwich, evenly spread 1 ounce grated manchego cheese the size of the bread slices on a flat top griddle heated to 350°F, then place the bread slice on top and gently press down. Cook until cheese is light brown and a little crispy.

Repeat with second piece of bread and 1 ounce of grated cheese. Place 2 tablespoons butter on griddle and use spatula to spread out evenly. Flip both bread slices onto melted butter to brown and crisp the sides without cheese. Remove bread to serving plate. Evenly spread 2 tablespoons basil aioli on the butter toasted sides of the bread. Toss ¼ cup baby kale leaves with Dijon mustard vinaigrette and arrange evenly over 1 side of bread. Top kale with 4 ounces turkey. Place 2 slices tomato on top of turkey and lay 4 slices avocado over tomatoes. Lay 4 slices bacon across avocado then top with second bread slice with cheese toasted side out. Slice at an angle before serving.

PER ORDER: Makes 24 servings

Recipe developed by Grant Morgan, Velvet Taco