Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sandwich Perfection, Perfect for this Memorial Day Weekend

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

for all those gorgeous green goddesses out there…

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

based on all those gorgeous green goddesses out there…
makes 1 sandwich


2 slices bread (we used a white bread, but one filled with lots of different whole grains and seeds would be *awesome*)
2-3 tablespoons Green Goddess Herb Pesto (recipe below)
2 slices mild white melty cheese like mozzarella
handful fresh baby spinach
¼ avocado, sliced
2 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
olive oil (and butter if you’re so inclined)


Spread about 1 tablespoon of Green Goddess Herb Pesto onto each slice of bread (2 tablespoons total, but if you’re sensitive, go light, the pesto is STRONG).
On one slice of bread, add 1 slice of cheese, sliced avocado, crumbled goat cheese, spinach, second slice of cheese, then top it with second slice of bread. Press together gently.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium low heat. (If you want to use butter, add it to the oil and let it melt). Add the sandwich to the oil and cook until bread is golden brown. Press down on the sandwich lightly, then flip the sandwich over and cook until second side is golden brown.

Green Goddess Herb Pesto


1 clove garlic
1 (or 2 if you’re ballsy) anchovy fillet (in oil)
½ small shallot, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley
handful chopped kale
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped chives
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Pulse garlic, anchovy, and shallot in food processor until chopped. With the food processor running, add lemon juice, parsley, kale, tarragon and chives. (It won’t process very well yet, don’t worry).
Very slowly drizzle in olive oil until kale and herbs get sufficiently chopped and everything is the consistency of a pesto. You may need more or less of the olive oil depending on how big a “handful” of herbs is to you. You can also turn off the food processor and push herbs down the side of the bowl with a spatula every once in a while.
Season to taste with salt and pepper (You probably won’t need too much salt if you used 2 anchovies).
(This makes a lot, but you will use it all for other things. We added more olive oil to make it back into a salad dressing.)

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

remember to say a prayer for our military and their families,
every single day in these trying times are dangerous days for all of them.

God Bless America



Sarah said...

Marsha, this looks delicious! Will be making this soon. And congratulations on winning Anita's giveaway. Enjoy! ~ Sarah

Henhurst Interiors said...

Tomorrow's lunch! And God bless our armed forces and their families. Love to you, Marsha. xoxox

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

God bless all of our military and their families. There are so many who give up so much and so many who neither know or care...sadly.

This sandwich is perfection! I cannot wait to make it.

Wyn Vogel said...

Love the idea of the anchovy in the pesto - will have to give it a try - your sandwich looks divine!! One to tuck away for a cold day - cheers - well done!!

Botanic Bleu said...

A wonderful, yummy looking sandwich...thanks for the recipe...

Have a wonderful Memorial Day...


Palomasea said...

Dear Marsha...I am finally able to see your posts...hooray!

Congratulations again on the exciting!
This sandwich has some of my favorite ingredients, and your photos are gorgeous.
I wish you a lovely weekend!
- Irina

Acquired Objects said...

Marsha the husband and I were just talking about grilled cheese last night....he can't seem to find a decent grilled cheese in NYC. We're going to give this one a try.


La Petite Gallery said...

I am going to make this, love grill cheese so this will be a great treat.
Thanks for this post. We have had rain for a week with no let up.
The news says at last it will end Monday. These sandwiches look great for a card game.

The Permanent Tourist said...

I'm definintely making this! Gorgeous and delicious! Thanks Marsha....xoxo Melissa

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Pinned to "avec vin"!
We buy Haas avocado's five at a time at Costco!
Yum and Yum!
Thanks, Marsha!

Oh! At Castles, I read that you won the book! Congratulations!