Another rant about Giada

I honestly really like Giada De Laurentiis and her cooking. I always watch her shows whenever it’s on. I don’t even mind her personality but I feel like I am always picking on her. This time it was Let Them Eat Cake episode about kid friendly meals. These Grilled Cheese with Spinach sandwiches were considered one of these recipes. There is a stick of butter used in these sandwiches! While it was absolutely delicious, there was a little too much butter pouring out of the sandwiches even for me. I honestly suspect that a stick of butter is probably nutritionally not the best thing for kids even if there is a dose of spinach added.

I also have my doubts about the benefits of pancetta so I skipped it altogether when making this recipe. Nevertheless for adults, the sandwiches are delicious delicious. The cheese and the butter melts out of the bread and the spinach goes really well with it.  You can also refrigerate the filling and make these grilled cheese sandwiches the next few days.

Ingredients: 1 stick butter, 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 cups shredded mild Cheddar, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (plus extra as needed), 2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach, 16 slices country-style white bread (I used sourdough cuz that’s my favorite), 1 teaspoon salt, vegetable oil cooking spray

To a food processor or a blender, add the cheese

Add spinach

Top with butter, oil and salt

Blend until smooth. Add more oil if the mixture does not blend easily. Spread the filling on one piece of bread.

Cover with another piece of bread. Spray the panini maker with vegetable oil spray and grill the sandwiches until gold and crispy for 3 to 4 minutes.



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Filed under Main Course, Sandwich, Vegetarian

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