Garlicky Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Spinach

Garlicky Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Spinach Recipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr


Have your grilled cheese without the guilt! The garlic flavor pairs nicely with the cheese, bacon, and greens.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 300
Fat 11.9 g
Satfat 5.8 g
Monofat 2.8 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 33 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 32 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 716 mg
Calcium 279 mg


1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 cups baby spinach leaves
4 cups baby arugula leaves
4 center-cut bacon slices, halved
8 (1-ounce) rustic Italian bread slices
2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
2 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)


1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add spinach and arugula; stir until wilted. Remove spinach mixture from pan. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp. Remove bacon.

2. Top 4 bread slices evenly with cheeses, bacon pieces, spinach mixture, and the remaining 4 bread slices.

3. Heat pan over medium heat. Add sandwiches to drippings in pan; weigh down with a plate. Cook 2 minutes on each side.

Laraine Perri,

Cooking Light

April 2014
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