I would think these sandwiches sounded pretty strange if I didn’t know just how good they are. I love each of the main components separately: garlic-y sautéed greens plus gooey, crispy grilled cheese sandwiches. But whose idea was it to put them together?
I don’t know where it originated, but I saw the idea in passing one day, and right away knew I had to make my own version. I started out by making sautéed greens just as I would for any side dish, with lots of olive oil and garlic. But I didn’t want to braise these greens, because I didn’t want any extra moisture to make my sandwich soggy. I sautéed them quickly, letting salt draw out the moisture and evaporate off. I finished the greens with a splash of apple cider vinegar, because a little acid keeps cooked greens nice and bright, and helps cut through the richness of the cheese and butter these greens are about to meet.
These sandwiches are a great use of the end-of-winter and/or early spring greens in season right now. They pair well with just about any soup, to help round out a hearty cold-weather meal. Or, you could serve them with some sweet potato fries and a side of fruit for an easy weeknight meal or weekend lunch. No matter how you serve these Greens Grilled Cheese sandwiches, it’s a super tasty way to pack more dark leafy greens into your day!
Original publication date: March 1, 2021
I would think these sandwiches sounded pretty strange if I didn’t know just how good they are. Garlic-y sautéed greens plus gooey, crispy grilled cheese sandwiches? Well, trust me on this one.