Thursday, June 7, 2012

green goddess grilled cheese

On Monday night, I stumbled upon this picture of a grilled cheese sandwich on Pinterest. But it wasn't just any grilled cheese. Nope. It was a Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a recipe I found on TasteSpotting. Kale pesto? Spinach, avocado, goat cheese, and mozzarella cheese? Count me in! My mom and I decided we needed to try out this recipe as soon as we could so we each had one for dinner last night. And let me tell you, it was delicious! From the pesto to the bite of the goat cheese to the creamy avocado - this sandwich is perfection. You must, must try it!

{Doesn't that look so good? It is, I promise!}

Green Goddess Herb Pesto
Note: This will make more than you need for one or two sandwiches. But save it because this can be used for so many other things.

Ingredients:
1 clove of garlic
1 anchovy fillet in oil {I didn't use these}
½ small shallot, chopped
1 tsp. lemon juice
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley
handful chopped kale
2-3 tbsps. chopped fresh tarragon
1 tbsp. chopped chives
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a food processor, pulse the garlic and shallot {and anchovy if using} until chopped. With it running, add the lemon juice, parsley, kale, chives, and tarragon. It won't come together just yet, but don't worry!

Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the kale and herbs are chopped and everything is the consistency of pesto. I used exactly a quarter cup of oil but this may vary depending on how big a "handful" you use for each. Remember to turn off the food processor and clean the sides of the bowl every so often.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Since I didn't use anchovies, I had to season a lot. If you use them, you probably won't need this.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Note: This recipe is for one sandwich.

Ingredients:
2 slices of your choice of bread {I used whole wheat}
2-3 tablespoons Green Goddess Herb Pesto
2 slices mild white melty cheese {I used mozzarella}
handful fresh baby spinach
¼ sliced avocado
2 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
olive oil

Directions:
Spread an even layer of the Green Goddess Herb Pesto onto each slice of bread. Because I didn't use anchovies, the taste isn't too strong or overwhelming. If you do though, I would think the taste is much stronger. Taste it before you use it.

Add one slice of cheese, the sliced avocado, goat cheese, and spinach to one slice of bread. Add the second slice of cheese to the other slice of bread and press together.

In a frying pan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the sandwich and cook until the bread if golden brown. Flip the sandwich and cook until the other side golden brown. {Or you can use a George Foreman Grill like I did. It works really well!}

Now, all you have to do is eat and enjoy!

{Recipe via TasteSpotting}

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