Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
A new take on a familiar favorite pairs grilled cheese with a BLT for a luscious veggie-packed sandwich that feels like an indulgence. Serve with zesty dill pickle spears. If you have extra room in your budget, pair with a sweet-tart hard cider.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 376
Fat 11 g
Satfat 5.3 g
Monofat 4.8 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 20.2 g
Carbohydrate 50.3 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Sodium 876 mg
Calcium 308 mg

Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 cup vertically sliced red onion
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese (such as Cracker Barrel)
8 (1 1/2-ounce) slices hearty white bread (such as Pepperidge Farm)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
6 slices center-cut bacon, cooked

Preparation

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion and garlic; cook for 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally.

2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each of 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 1/2 cup spinach, 2 tomato slices, 2 tablespoons onion mixture, and 1 1/2 bacon slices. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese; top with the remaining 4 bread slices.

3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place sandwiches in pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese melts.

Note:

Jennifer Martinkus,

January 2010
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