Keep It Simple Sammy!

THE SANDWICH: The KISS sandwich a.k.a. the Keep It Simple Sammy: Butter-less Cougar Gold Grilled Cheese with Fennel Seeds or Red Pepper Flakes

3 ingredient fennel sammy 2

3 ingredient pepper flake sammy

THE INSPIRATION: The three-ingredient theme for Let’s Lunch* in, um, April. (I just got around to posting it today.)


White bread — I had a loaf of the Master Boule recipe by the fine folks at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day handy, or you can buy whatever bread you like at your favorite grocery.

Cougar Gold cheese – An addictive sharp white cheddar made by the Washington State University Creamery. YUM.

3 ingredient cougar gold

Fennel or Red pepper flakes

3 ingredient pepper flakes & fennel

THE RECIPE: Instead of pan-frying the bread and fillings in butter, I cheated by toasting the bread, then nuking the toast with slices of Cougar Gold, sprinkling the pepper flakes or fennel seeds on top and folding them in half.

3 ingredient open sammies


3 ingredient brant

We just got married in Vegas in March. *stars in eyes*

3 ingredient brant am vegas sign

THE VERDICT: Brant was surprised that he liked both versions of the Cougar Gold grilled cheese. I don’t think that this had anything to do with his new mantra, “Happy wife, happy life.”

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*Let’s Lunch is a growing global group of friendly, fun food bloggers that meets monthly for a virtual lunch date via Twitter (#letslunch) and shares posts on a new topic each time. Here are the other Let’s Lunchers’ posts!

Annabelle’s Roasted Asparagus at Glass of Fancy

Betty Ann’s Filipino Sticky Rice Logs at Asian In America

Eleanor’s 3 Ingredient Broccolini at Wok Star

Grace’s Mango Coconut Chia Pudding at Hapa Mama

Linda D.’s Lemon Chocolate Bonbons at Free Range Cookies

Linda S.’s Trinidadian Mango Chow at Spice Box Travels

Lisa’s Turkish Sesame Sweet at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Lucy’s Easier Chicken and Dumplings at A Cook And Her Books

Margaret’s Mac & Cheese OR Peanut Butter Cookies at Tea and Scones, Too

Pat’s Gluten-Free Almond Cookies at The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook

Rashda’s Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies at Hot Curries & Cold Beer