Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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My search for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is officially over. Now, maybe you thought that your standard grilled bread and cheese version was good enough (bread and cheese are pretty much all you need in life, I’ll give you that), but this Green Goddess Grilled Cheese my friends is everything (and more) that you never knew you needed in a sandwich. While I can’t call this dish “healthy,” we’ve amped up it’s nutritional impact with the oh so tasty additions of asparagus, avocado, and spinach! But why stop there? To take this sandwich over the top, we concocted our very own “green goddess” spread with herbs and garlic. Drooling yet?


My search for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is officially over.

When Fred Meyer challenged us to come up with a “fancy grilled cheese sandwich” for the month of March, we said game on! Natalie and I were made for this kind of thing. We put our heads together and quickly knew this springy green grilled cheese loaded with fresh herbs was the direction we wanted to go in.

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

We’ve had a few weeks of nice weather tucked in between some really wet ones in our neck of the woods, and I’ve been out in my garden spying on my herbs every chance I get. I’ve got some hearty oregano that I am thrilled is already making its debut, and plenty of chives, which I was able to use in this recipe. And for whatever else I needed that my garden is yet to produce, of course my local Fred Meyer store had available. I love that I’m able to gather all my bird feeding, yard taming, flower planting, and green goddess grilled cheese supplies all in one place!

So, ready to give this thing a go? Here’s 3 Tips for the perfect grilled cheese:

  1. A butter/mayo combo spread on the bread results in the crispiest, crunchiest crust.  
  2. Good quality bread matters! Don’t skimp on this one, or you’ll end up with a soggy sandwich.  
  3. Low heat. You don’t have to start with a cold pan, but a good grilled cheese takes time to make. Start your heat at no higher than medium. Put a lid over the sandwich to trap the heat and melt the cheese...and be patient!
Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Natalie and I had so much fun making (and eating) and photographing this beautiful sandwich. We came to the consensus that the official TMP layering strategy for this Green Goddess Grilled Cheese is as follows: place half the cheese topped with avocado slices then spinach on one side, that way the cheese can melt through the avo and adhere to the spinach. On the other side, spread the green goddess mixture, then place the remaining cheese, asparagus, and sprouts. Perfection! Even with so many layers going on, with the cheese coming in from all angles your sammy should hold together, and if not we promise it will still be delicious!

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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 slices thick sliced french bread
4 tbsp Simple Truth butter, softened
4 tbsp mayonnaise
2 cups Kroger mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup spinach, leaves
4 asparagus spears, thinly shaved, or left raw for added crunch
1/2 cup sprouts, (optional)
1/2 cup green goddess spread

Green Goddess Spread

.05 oz chives (¼ cup), minced
.75 oz fresh tarragon (2 tbsp), minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp anchovy paste
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 cup packed spinach leaves, minced

Method

  1. To make the green goddess spread, mix all ingredients in a bowl until fully incorporated, set aside. 
  2. Mix the butter and mayo together in a small bowl. Spread 1 side of each piece of bread with 1 tablespoon (or more) of this mixture. 
  3. Heat a frying pan to medium-low heat. Place a slice of bread, butter layer face down in the pan. Top the slice of bread with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/4 of the avocado slices, then 1/4 of the spinach, 1/4 of the asparagus, 1/4 of the sprouts and another 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella. 
  4. Spread 2 tablespoons of the green goddess spread onto the inside of the other slice of bread. Place the slice of bread spread down on the sandwich in the pan. 
  5. Turn the heat to medium. Place a lid on the pan if desired to help trap the heat and melt the cheese. Flip when a golden crust is achieved on the bottom of the sandwich. Grill both sides of each sandwich.