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Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Pancetta

July 26, 2012

I love grilled cheese sandwiches. My dad still jokes about my summers spent at the pool and ordering a grilled cheese every day. What can I say–I’m a creature of habit and they were the best! This (grown-up) grilled cheese is right up my alley with lots of gooey cheese, spinach and salty pancetta.

Based on this recipe if you want exact measurements.

Ingredients (for 2-3 sandwiches):

bread (I used this)

pancetta, thinly sliced

spinach, 1-2 handfuls

shredded cheddar cheese, 1 handful

shredded Monterey Jack cheese,  1 handful

olive oil


butter, a few tablespoons, softened (not melted)

Cook the pancetta until crispy–you can bake it on a baking sheet or cook it stove top. Drain on a paper towel and set aside. In your food processor, blend the cheese, butter, spinach. Add a pinch of salt and drizzle of olive oil until you get a spreadable mixture.

Heat up your panini maker or stove top grill pan. Spread the spinach mixture on the bread and top with pancetta. Assemble into sandwiches (if not using a panini maker, spread a bit of butter on the outside of the sandwich) and grill until golden brown and the cheese mixture is melted. Serve immediately while hot.

Keep any leftover cheese/spinach spread covered in the refrigerator. The next day, bring to room temperature before using. Another way to use up any leftovers–spread it on a thick slice of bread, place a tomato on top and broil it until melted and crusty.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherrie LeMoine permalink
    July 26, 2012 9:35 am

    Yum! I’m going to make the tomato version today for lunch!

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