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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

grilled cheese with a twist

I was practically raised on grilled cheese sandwiches and still associate them with comfort on a cold winter day. But, I also know they probably aren't the healthiest lunch item (especially when the bread has been liberally coated with butter before frying). So I was looking for a healthier, but tasty alternative and came across this recipe from Southern Living. It uses goat cheese, which for me is a bonus, because it is my absolute favorite cheese and if you have a problem with dairy it is a great alternative. 




Goat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese
Spread 1 (4-oz.) goat cheese log, softened, on 1 side of 3 whole grain bread slices. Spread 4 1/2 tsp. red pepper jelly on 1 side of 3 whole grain bread slices; layer with 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries, 6 large basil leaves, and 1 1/2 cups fresh watercress or arugula. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining bread, goat cheese sides down. Cook sandwiches in a large, lightly greased nonstick skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

And if you just can't give up that gooey cheese goodness, here is a great grownup grilled cheese from springpadit  using only one bread slice. It's not really low on carbs, but a pretty healthy choice.


The Oregano Open Faced Grilled Cheese


Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 slices multigrain bread, lightly toasted
8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 ounce
2 plum tomatoes, cut into 16 thin slices
1 teaspoon Oregano Leaves

Top the lightly toasted bread with the cheese, tomatoes, and oregano and place under broiler until cheese has melted.


Linking up this Tuesday with:
 Tasty Tuesday





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7 comments:

  1. I love the open faced with oregano. I don't know why I can't seem to wrap my brain around fruit on a sandwich, it just feels wrong. LOL

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  2. I've made the strawberry goat cheese sandy and you're right - it's delish!!!

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  3. Yum! I love to enhance an old favorite. The Oregano Open Faced sandwich looks like it will be a new favorite of mine! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. Wow im going to try these they look so good!!!! Strawberries on anything will be a favorite of mine:) FTLOB linking up check my pad thai recipe out
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  5. Great Recipes! I am a sucker for grownup comfort foods. Great Blog! I love vintage stuff. It was nice to find you on FTLOB.

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  6. Yum! I just started playing with goat cheese!! It looks amazing!!

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  7. I'd have to skip the pepper jelly for my taste... but otherwise that goat cheese and strawberry grilled cheese sounds delicious!

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