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Garlicky Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Spinach

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

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Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.