Because I add spinach to everything, I keep some frozen spinach in my freezer so that I can add a few to any dish I make. I also love spinach as a complement to my grilled cheese. I added some feta cheese and some red pepper flakes to the mixture for a more tangy kick then toasted it on good bread. It was truly amazing. The Spinach Feta Grilled cheese takes only a few more minutes than regular grilled cheese and is well worth it. This is not a joke. You’ll be paying $8 at your local cafe for something similar, but not at home.
Is this a GRILLED CHEESE or a MELT?
Technically, this sandwich is a “melt.” However, a melt is a grilled-cheese sandwich with additional ingredients, such as meat or vegetables. On the other hand, a block of grilled cheese is a cheese-only grilled bread. Although the differences between a block of melted grilled cheese and a grilled cheese can often cause heated debates, I want people able to search for this recipe online. Data shows that people are looking for “spinach feta grilled cheese” and not “spinach feta melt”. English is fluid, and decreasing the use of “melt” signifies that the English language changes. We are here!
What kind of bread is best for grilled cheese?
This recipe was originally made with ciabatta bread, but this time it wasn’t, so I used a nice sourdough loaf instead. Homemade focaccia is also a nice option. This recipe is a bit more hearty than your average grilled cheese sandwich. I recommend using any bread that can withstand the heavy fillings. This recipe is not for soft white bread. 😉
HOW MUCH SPINACH SHOULD YOU USE?
This recipe uses frozen spinach because it is easy to keep on hand and doesn’t spoil easily. However, fresh spinach can be used if you have it. As I did with the frozen spinach, you can saute the spinach until the moisture has gone.
Frozen spinach is best purchased in loose bags rather than frozen blocks. This will allow you to freeze enough spinach for the recipe and leave the rest for the next time.
SPINACH AND FETA-GRILLED CHEESE: WHAT TO SERVE
This spinach and feta version of grilled cheese sandwiches is great with tomato soup. You could also serve it with a small dish of pizza sauce or pasta sauce for dipping.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ADD?
There are so many great add-in options: parmesan cheese, olives, red onions, parmesan cheese… and I wouldn’t mind putting an egg on top. 😉
SPINACH AND FETA FILLED CHEESE
This gourmet Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese will elevate your grilled cheese sandwich! This is a delicious and easy lunch idea.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.08)
- 1 clove minced garlic ($0.08)
- 1/4 lb. frozen chopped spinach ($0.42)
- One teaspoon of salt and pepper ($0.05).
- 4 slices of bread (£1.00)
- 2 Tbsp butter (0.20)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella ($1.15)
- 1 oz. Feta ($0.62)
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper ($0.02)
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and minced garlic. Sauté the mixture on medium heat for one minute. Next, add the frozen spinach (no need to thaw) and season with salt and pepper. Keep cooking on medium heat until all the moisture has evaporated from your skillet.
- Butter each slice of bread by spreading butter on one side. As you make the sandwiches, flip the bread so that the buttered side faces down.
- Split half the shredded mozzarella among two slices of bread. Sprinkle the crumbled Feta over the mozzarella.
- The cooked spinach should be divided between two sandwiches. Next, top each sandwich with the rest of the shredded mozzarella and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Each sandwich should be topped with a second slice of bread, the buttered side up.
- Place a large skillet on medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the sandwiches to the skillet and cook each side until golden brown on the outside and soft inside.
- Serve the sandwiches by cutting them in half.