There’s a Hole in My Bread, Dear Liza!

Are you hearing the tune from the title? If you need a refresher you can hear it here. That’s the dilemma I faced when I pulled the bread out to make a grilled cheese sandwich.

My cheese will melt through and stick to the pan. 😦 A light bulb moment, make a grilled cheese and tuna. The tuna can stop the cheese from escaping. I open a pouch of sweet and spicy tuna, squeeze as much of the liquid out, then realize the tuna won’t stay together. It will flake and fall through the hole.

With what can I fill the hole, dear Liza? Another light bulb moment, how does an avocado, tuna, grilled cheese sound? I can strategically place the avocado over the hole and it will prevent the tuna from falling and the cheese from melting through. Perfect!

I assemble this tasty treat on the griddle. I’m a little concerned when it comes time to flip the sandwich that all the insides will fall out. I set the stove temperature to a low medium heat and wait. I know that if I want the cheese to melt (and I do), I must heat the bread slowly.

First cheese, then avocado over the hole, followed by tuna, more cheese with carefully placed avocado.

I do a little edge check. The bottom is golden . . .  it is time to flip. Holding my breath, I use my widest spatula and my free hand to support the sandwich. Flip! Siz-z-z-z-le! A few tuna crumbs fall out, but they are tucked back in to be encased in melty cheese.

Once I take it off the stove, the sandwich must rest a minute. This gives the cheese time to firm up a little. If I cut it immediately, the cheese would ooze out onto my plate. Finally, the moment of truth, how does a grilled avocado, tuna, cheese sandwich taste? Let me answer that with one word, YUM!

There’s a hole in my bread dear Liza, but I fixed it with an avocado. And it was great!

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25 thoughts on “There’s a Hole in My Bread, Dear Liza!

  1. Oh my, now I’m hungry! I love the way you solved your problem, and especially loved how you told all of us about how you solved it! (Better than Henry would have!) Fun story! 🙂 ~JudyK

  2. Your description made my mouth water! Grilled cheese is often a challenge for me, even though it is one of the easiest things to make. I invariably have the heat too high or leave it cooking too long resulting in burned sandwiches. The avocado is an added delight I will have to try!

  3. Oh, I want to pop in for an avocado, tuna, grilled cheese sandwich. Your food posts are the best. Thanks for sharing the saga of the “hole in your bread” with us.

  4. I totally recognized the tune in the title – and will probably be humming it all day. You have taken a ordinary, everyday problem and solved it wit tasty creativity. I haven’t had breakfast yet, and not you have me thinking about it.

  5. Such a fun piece to read! I loved the photos! I happen to love toasted/slightly burned cheese, so I probably would have added a little extra over that spot and counted on it to ooze out and get crispy. But I love your solution of the avocado.

  6. vicki s says:

    Love you added suspense to making a grilled cheese sandwich. This truly is a small moment story. I was waiting for you to say that cheese never melted or the sandwich fell apart. So glad you had a spectacular ending to your story and an even more spectacular lunch.

  7. Joyce says:

    You are the ultimate problem solver. Avacado is such a yummy addition to so many sandwiches…..I will try this. Very nice color on your grilled bread….mine usually gets away from me and is too dark.

  8. Oh, I want to be invited for lunch at your house, Elsie! Sounds like a very delicious sandwich. Great photos, too. Only problem….now I have a melody and lyrics running through my head. “There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza,dear Liza….With what shall I fix it….” and so on!

  9. Oh, I want to be invited for lunch at your house, Elsie! Sounds like a very delicious sandwich. Great photo, too. Only problem….now I have a melody and lyrics running through my head. “There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza,dear Liza….With what shall I fix it….” and so on!

  10. I love that you added the pictures! It really shows how your avocado and tuna were the solution to fill the hole! Now I have that song stuck in my head! Great slice

  11. Great slice! Grilled cheese is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. I love how you faced the hole-y bread challenge with flexibility, determination and creativity! Your sandwich looks fabulous!

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