Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach
This is a gourmet twist on grilled cheese. You can opt for mustard or apricot jam, depending on your preference for savory or sweet, or use both if you can’t decide. If your kids aren’t very adventurous eaters, make traditional grilled cheese sandwiches for them with Cheddar or Muenster cheese (they might even like Brie), and serve the spinach on the side.
- 2 - 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
- 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 tsp.
- 6 - 9 oz. baby spinach
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard or apricot jam (use wheat/gluten-fre, if neeeded)
- 8 slices medium-thickfirm whole grain or sourdough bread (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 8 oz. Brie cheese cut into thin slices
In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter or margarine over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds.
Add the spinach and stir it until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Transfer it to a bowl and set it aside.
With a paper towel, wipe the skillet clean.
To build the sandwiches, spread the mustard or jam on 4 slices of the bread. Divide the cheese slices among the 4 slices of bread, and top them with the spinach. Cover them with the remaining bread slices. Lightly spread the outsides of each sandwich with the remaining butter or margarine.
In the skillet, cook the sandwiches over medium heat until they are lightly browned, 3 – 5 minutes per side, turning them once, and pressing them with a spatula or with a heavy pan for flatter sandwiches. Slice the sandwiches in half and serve them immediately.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Peel the garlic, slice the bread if necessary, slice and refrigerate the brie.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Use both Dijon mustard and apricot jam on the sandwiches.
Tip: While it may look like white bread, sourdough, crusty on the outside and slightly tangy and chewy on the inside, is a little more nutritious than your typical white bread. It contains a bacteria-rich ingredient that produces lactic acid and helps to slow down digestion.
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Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 390, Total Fat: 23g, 36%; Saturated Fat: 14g, 69%; Cholesterol: 70mg, 24%; Sodium: 660mg, 28%; Total Carbohydrate: 26g, 9%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 11%; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 16g
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