Garlicky Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Spinach

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr  

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

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 11.9g
  • Saturated fat: 5.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 716mg
  • Calcium: 279mg

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)

Preparation

  1. 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. 2. Top 4 bread slices evenly with cheeses, bacon pieces, spinach mixture, and the remaining 4 bread slices.
  3. 3. Heat pan over medium heat. Add sandwiches to drippings in pan; weigh down with a plate. Cook 2 minutes on each side.
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