April 12, 2013

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich


This isn't your Grandma's grilled cheese sandwich - or at least it's not my Grandma's. This was definitely a departure from the grilled cheeses that I used to eat growing up. Mine was usually a couple of slices of Wonder Bread that were buttered and had two slices of American cheese slapped in the middle. Not that there's anything wrong with that (I still make classic grilled cheese sandwiches once and a while - veganized of course), but my taste buds have changed and I wanted to go for something more sophisticated and exciting!

Luckily the people over at Go Veggie! sent me two bags of their new cheese shreds to sample. I've had their Mexican shreds before - I used them to make my Mexican Lasagna a while back. This was my first time using their Mozzarella shreds...I knew the cheese was going to be good, so I had to come up with a few other classic Italian ingredients to pair with it. I wasn't sure if I'd like spinach on a grilled cheese, but let me tell you - this sandwich was amazing. Go Veggie's mozzarella shreds were ooey and gooey - just like cheese should be! They're perfect for all of your favorite Italian dishes! I can't wait to try them my Grandma's Lasagna recipe!

*Makes 1 sandwich*

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of crusty Italian bread
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes - coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil - coarsely chopped
  • 1 handful of baby spinach (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup Go Veggie! Mozzarella Shreds
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Spread the coarsely chopped sun dried tomatoes on once slice of the bread. Top with the fresh basil, spinach, mozzarella shreds, and garlic powder. Place the other slice of bread on top - then brush the outside of the bread with olive oil.

Place the sandwich in a skillet over medium heat with the oiled slice of bread own. Brush the other slice of bread with olive oil. Grill for 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown. Serve with Marinara sauce for dunking!

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