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

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



  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

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

  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!

  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

  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.

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

  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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