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.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
Love it!!! This was one of the best sandwiches I have ever made!! I used Trader Joe's sourdough bread, added a touch of dijon mustard, and added the spinach to the onion mixture after it was cooked. My husband is still talking about it. Served the sandwich with tomato soup for a quick and easy dinner.
I have been making these for several years. They are the best sandwich I have created for my family as of yet. The onions and garlic are delicious, yet mild after cooking, and the tomato brings out the brightness in the sandwich. The only thing I changed was using sour dough bread instead of white. I have requests to make these for friends and family.
Pretty darn good!! I didn't have sharp white cheddar but did have garlic white cheddar. I think I failed in that. A sharper cheese definitely would've been better. I believe I'll try a gruyere next time, for sure. However, the concept of the sammy was perfect!! Loved the tomato, onions, bacon and spinach. I think kid grilled cheeses are in my rear view mirror, nothing but X-rated... ooops, I mean adult grilled cheeses from now on!!
Deelish! The onion/garlic/vermont sharp cheddar is a very flavorful combination. I didn't alter the recipe at all except to cook the onion and garlic in a little bacon fat as opposed to cooking spray. Will definitely make again!
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