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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spinach and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

There's a restaurant close by called Crave that I absolutely love. I went there for dinner a few weeks ago and order a Spinach and Goat Cheese grilled cheese and it was incredible! I knew this was something I needed to try and recreate in my kitchen. The only real change I made from the restaurant version is that I used frozen chopped spinach, not flat leaf spinach. While I like the flavor of flat leaf, I found it a little hard to eat when I ordered it. I think it works a bit better to have the spinach easier to bite. I really like this sandwich, the spinach works well with the mild mozzarella and its just the right amount of richness from the goat cheese.

Ingredients-Yields 2 sandwiches
-2 oz goat cheese
-4 tablespoons frozen spinach
-2 slices mozzarella cheese
-4 sliced sourdough bread
-1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Cook frozen spinach according to package directions, reserve 4 tablespoons. Mix the 4 tablespoons with the goat cheese, season with garlic powder.

2. Butter all sides of the bread, season with a dash of salt. Over medium heat in a frying pan, brown all sides of the bread.

3. Remove 2 slices of the bread, place on baking sheet and top each with a slice of mozzarella cheese, Broil 5-6 minutes until golden brown. With the remaining bread slices in frying pan, spoon goat cheese and spinach mixture over top. Top each with a slice of the mozzarella bread, and heat until rich and golden brown. Server immediately.

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