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This week, on my mission to honor Grilled Cheese Month appropriately, I took an idea from one of my favorite soups – broccoli beer cheese. This is a super-rich sandwich, and it takes a little bit longer to prepare than your typical grilled cheese, but every bite is so worth it! You’ll want to treat yourself to this savory treat sometime soon!
Tall Guy’s Beer & Broccoli Grilled Cheese (serves 3-4)
4-6 slices Breadsmith Rustic Italian Bread
1 lg. head broccoli, cut into florets
1 med. sweet onion, sliced
3 tbsp. olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
6-8 oz. Sendik’s Beer Cheddar cheese
4 tbsp. butter
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place broccoli florets and onion slices onto a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring once in the middle.
When vegetables are done roasting, place them in a mixing bowl and add spicy beer cheese spread. Mix until melted and vegetables are coated.
Heat a frying pan to medium on the stovetop. Butter one side of two slices of bread (or more if your pan can fit multiple sandwiches). Place thinly sliced beer cheddar cheese onto the bread, then top with the broccoli mixture. Put another layer of thinly sliced beer cheddar on and top with another bread slice.
Cook slow on each side to get a nice golden crisp and make sure the sliced cheese is nice and melty. It took me about 6 minutes per side but really depends on your stovetop – keep an eye on it!
Once you’re done, slice and enjoy – the flavors in this sandwich are soooooo good – the roasted veggies, spice from the cheese spread and complex flavor of the sliced beer cheddar all add up to one great party in your mouth!