So I know I just posted a recipe for Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese last week, but what can I say….we like grilled cheese! I made this broccoli and cheddar grilled cheese a few weeks ago, and it was so good. I had some left over broccoli and cheese, from making….you guessed it, Skinny Broccoli Cheddar soup so I was thinking about what I could do with it. Then it dawned on me…add it to some bread and grill it up! Broccoli cheddar grilled cheese! Yum!
I made sure to chop this broccoli up pretty well (and I used the stems too, not just the florets), because I didn’t want huge pieces of broccoli in the sandwich. I also wanted to make sure the cheese was able to keep it glued together. I used a ton of cheese, just to be sure it didn’t fall apart (or because I love cheese, you be the judge). This is a great meat-free lunch or dinner option, but if you have to have meat, some chopped up deli chicken or turkey would probably be really good in here as well. I would just chop it roughly and then add it to your skillet as you are cooking the broccoli.
I love how the cheese drips down the crust. Some even gets a little browned in the skillet while cooking, and then it gets that delicious crispy cheese crust. So yum.
- 1/2 medium yellow onion , chopped
- 1 large head of broccoli , chopped well (if you don't want to use the stems, you need to get more florets)
- 6 slices sharp cheddar cheese (you can use any variety of cheddar)
- 1 garlic clove , diced
- salt and pepper
- 6 slices fresh bread (I like a rustic type of bread, sourdough or french are great)
1. Heat a medium skillet over medium/high heat, with a bit of butter tossed in. Add onions and garlic and saute for minute. Add broccoli bits and mix around, stirring frequently. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until broccoli is tender and bright green. Remove from heat, dump contents on a plate or bowl and set aside.
2. Wipe out skillet and put back on stove. Heat on low heat. Butter 3 slices of bread, and set them in the skillet butter side down. Add a slice of cheese to the bread (in the skillet), then add 1/3 of the broccoli mixture on top, then a second slice of cheese. Butter another slice of bread and set on top of the sandwich, butter side up. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.
3. Once you have all the sandwiches in the skillet and assembled, turn heat up to medium (not too high, we want the bread to toast and the cheese to melt, if you cook too high then the cheese will not melt before the bread burns), and let cook for 3-4 minutes. Check to see if the bottom is golden brown, and if so, carefully flip sandwiches over. Cook another 3-4 minutes on the other side, checking to make sure not to burn.
4. Remove sandwiches from skillet, cut in half, serve hot.
You can easily add a little more broccoli/cheese to make an additional sandwich, or you can cut this recipe down to make just one sandwich.
If adding sliced meat, I would add that to the skillet while cooking the broccoli, about the last minute of cooking- just enough to warm the meat.
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