ooey gooey deliciousness

I love grilled cheese.  When I was growing up my dad would make us grilled cheese using slices of Velveeta.  It was another one of the traditional meals that he made for us (also buttermilk pancakes, spaghetti with homemade meat sauce and deep dish pizza…those are the biggies).
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Grilled cheese also played prominently in my college menu.  I was a vegetarian all through college and our swim practices ended right as the dining hall closed (I went to a really small school).  The only thing open that late at night was the “snack bar” which was more like a bare bones fast food restaurant.  Our choices were, pizza, burgers, veggie burgers, grilled cheese, grilled cheese with tomatoes, and egg sandwiches.  Oh and French fries and mozzarella sticks. 

We ate like this for two years (until we moved into an apartment).  I would rotate between the grilled cheese, veggie burgers and egg sandwiches.  It was there that I discovered that grilled cheese was delicious with a tomato on it.  I love the different textures and flavors.
 
I was pleasantly surprised on Friday when Dan promised to make a grown up grilled cheese for us.   I loved this recipe.  I mean really. spinach, bacon, tomatoes, cheese?  Maybe Dan should make this again soon.  My only recommendation is a little more cheese/sandwich.

I think that growing up with the ooey gooey Velveeta grilled cheese has spoiled me and what I expect a grilled cheese to be.  If it is not oozing cheese it is not good.  As you can see, this sandwich is totally oozing and is delicious!

Yes, I have sent grilled cheeses back for not being gooey enough.  If I’m spending the money/calories on a sandwich it had better be worth it!  And by golly, this was totally worth it!

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese
Cooking Light

Ingredients:
  • Spreadable margarine
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese(I would add more…It’s worth the calories!)
  • 2 cup spinach
  • 8 slices of tomato
  • 6 slices of bacon

Instructions:
Heat a skillet with medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray, add the onions and garlic and cook until they are tender, for about 10 minutes.  Also, cook bacon however you prefer (we heat it in the microwave).

Spread a little margarine on each side of the bread.  Sprinkle cheese on the bottom of the bread and add a half cup of spinach, two slices of tomato and a little bit of the onion and one and a half slices of bacon.  Top with an additional sprinkle of cheese.

Place each sandwich gently into the skillet that is still heated on medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes/side or until the cheese is soft and gooey.

Nutritionals (Serves 4): Cals: 376, Fat: 11, Carb: 50, Fiber: 3.3, Protein: 20.