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Asparagus Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Asparagus Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The other day I got a reader request for an asparagus grilled cheese sandwich topped with an egg which sounded good. I was immediatly thinking about a croque-madame which is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with an egg and I was thinking a fried egg. It was the end of the week however, and although I was lucky enough to have some asparagus left in the fridge, I was fresh out of eggs so I had to settle for just an asparagus grilled cheese sandwich. Since this sandwich was only going to have a few ingredients, I decided to roast the asparagus to enhance its natural flavour. For the sandwich, I started with a whole grain bread with a slight sweetness to it and I added some oka cheese that I had in the fridge that needed to be finished. (I would also have easily gone with some gruyere if I had had some on hand.) I finished the sandwich off with a hit of grainy mustard to add even more flavour and a bit of bite. I have to say, this roasted asparagus grilled cheese sandwich is one really nice way to enjoy some fresh summer asparagus!

Asparagus Grilled Cheese Sandwich

(makes 1 sandwich)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
6-8 stalk asparagus (trimmed and cleaned)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons grainy mustard
1 slice oka cheese (or your favorite, gruyere would also be really nice)
2 slices of bread
1 tablespoon butter (room temperature)

Directions:
1. Toss the asparagus in the oil, salt and pepper.
2. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet.
3. Roast in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about 10-30 minutes. (Note: Roasting time can vary greatly depending on how thick your asparagus is.)
4. Assemble sandwich and grill until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side.

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49 comments:

Belinda @zomppa said...

With or without egg, this looks amazing!

Pam said...

What a great idea!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

That sammy looks so pretty! I love the stems coming out of the sides.

I roast asparagus, but never know how long to do it for. I guess I didn't realize if they were thicker, I could go 30 minutes and still be ok.

Great idea!

Anonymous said...

Okedokey. Not bad (of course LOOKS fantastic!) But I am such a fan of asparagus that I wouldn't put it "IN" any thing. But the roasted idea might work with salt/fresh ground pepper/ splash of lemon or lime. A drizzle of melted butter wouldn't hurt . . .:)

Michelle said...

omgosh i've never heard of such a thing and now i need it immediately!

Anonymous said...

Any more requests,George???

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It is a great idea to add asparagus ina grilled sandwich! Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Joanne said...

My dad makes this fabulous stromboli stuffed with asparagus and mozzarella so I can speak from experience that asparagus and melted cheese is a godo thing!

Lauren said...

Sinply gorgeous, Kevin. I'll be making this sandwich many times over the course of asparagus season!

Nina Timm said...

This sandwich has a double crunch!!!! Yum!

Katerina said...

Although asparagus is not my most favorite vegetable this sandwich looks fantastic and I would definitely try it if I had it.

Kate Morgan Jackson said...

wow, what a great take on grilled cheese! I've done it with tomatoes but never asaparagus -- thanks for the post!

Kalyn said...

Brilliant idea! I am imagining the flavor right now.

Gina said...

Kevin, this looks amazing!

Ameya said...

Hi Kevin,
I love asparagus and I love cheese, so I'm sure I would love this sandwich! :)
You have an awesome blog! I've followed it for quite a while now :) I also just started my own food blog. Feel free to check it out at your convenience: http://www.spicesavant.blogspot.com. Any comments/feedback would be welcome!

Chef E said...

I LOVE your post on asparagus! I guess you did buy a bundle of them, as you said a few post ago, and I am going to make this one, its cheese'alicious!

juliana said...

i was reading through your blog - and it is great! what an array of recipes - and i thought that this may be something you'd enjoy: http://www.norecipes.com/2009/07/14/slow-roasted-salmon-recipe/ i've made it a fair few times now and it is one of the nicest things that i've ever eaten. i also made your halibut-wrapped-prosciutto yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic

pastry studio said...

That is one of the most beautiful sandwiches I've ever seen. I'm not a big sandwich eater, but this is my idea of deliciousness. That bread look fantastic and your presentation and photo are just stunning! I will serve this for a crowd.

Cooking with Kait said...

Great presentation. That sandwich looks so great with the cheese oozing out.

Jamie-lee said...

What an amazingly yummy looking picture!!

Amara said...

Ummmmmm, rico,rico,me encanta la idea.
Un saludo desde Andalucía, España

Ambika said...

That is one good looking sandwich!!!

Kevin said...

Jenn@slim-shoppin: Because the various thicknesses of the asparagus can vary the roasting time, I generally try to keep an eye on it and poke it with a fork every once in a while to see if it is tender yet.

Harvest Kitchen Sisters said...

this looks amazing!

Beautiful picture.

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Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

All my fav ingredients...your photography is always spot on...

What I like most about your blog is the simplicity of your dishes...yet with pizzaz.:)

Carmen

Hazel said...

I saw this and knew instantly I HAD to make it! Two of my favorite things together - goodness, can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the great recipe and wonderful picture that got me hooked :)

Pam said...

What an excellent photo! I love, love, love this sandwich.

Marianna said...

wow... this is one crazy looking sandwich (in the positive sense that is!!) i am definately gonna give this a try at home, it looks irresistible! havent been blog-hopping lately as life hadnt been giving me time, but i noticed the quality of your pics has really changed quite a lot!! was curious to know if you were using a new camera?? your pics are looking fab

Sophie said...

A brilliant picture, Kevin!! Waw!!

This sandwich is surely spine trilling!!

I will make this tasty sandwich with white asparagus instead of the greens!!

Thanks!! MMMMMMMMMM,...lovely food!

Vivienne said...

Wow - when i saw the oozing melting cheese from foodgawker I almost drooled! YUM!! Going to give this a try ;)

Kevin said...

Marianna: I have found that it is more the lighting than the camera that has been helping me improve my photos. I am currently experimenting with off camera flash using an umbrella and I have been liking the results.

Marisa said...

Would've never thought to add asparagus to a grilled cheese sandwich, but dang it looks good! Love the asparagus tips peeking out from one end.

fmrl said...

this looks delicious!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Oh my goodness... LOVE this!

Sandie said...

I made these for my lunch today, and they are...AMAZING!! I couldnt find any Oka cheese here in Wisconsin, so I used a combination of Muenster and Provolone cheeses, and it still tastes absolutely divine! I also used Dijon mustard instead of the spicy mustard... Yum!

Anonymous said...

i was just looking for something to do with the asparagus i just bought, so i found this and just made it - thanks for a great dinner idea! the mustard is perfect

Anonymous said...

OMG...i think i love you. I KNOW i love all of the toasted cheese recipes......

Charles said...

Long time - no see. Hope you're doing well. This is so cool looking and tasty I'm sure. Are you still in love with your 7D?

Kevin said...

Charles: Yep, the 7D is an amazing camera! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to say that I made this sandwich yesterday night at home and it was really amazing, I did using some Spanish cheese as it was the only one I had at home, it was so creamy, and tasty I just couldn´t believe it, I think you should give it a try.

just have a look at this website and let me know what do you think.
kind regards
Ana
http://www.asturiascheese.com/spanish-cheese

Anonymous said...

I am so happy I stumbled across you on pinterest! I shall be building the Asparagus Grilled Cheese Sandwich tonight. Looks so yummy. Thank you - Tracy L. Jax Bch, FL

Anonymous said...

I made a grilled cheese with asparagus recently as well, I made it with the following ingredients:
2 slices of fresh oatmeal bread
1 slice of smoked Gouda
1 slice of provolone
a tablespoon or so of shredded mozzarella
6 sun dried tomatoes
5 stalks of asparagus that were slightly sauted

it was absolutely amazing and so pretty that I even took a picture of it

Maryam Bawamia said...

this looks yummy ! can't wait to try it.. will let you know about the results :)

Trevor said...

What an awesome idea. I'm totally hooked on white asparagus and hollandaise. This looks like it pulls together that creaminess and the fresh vegetable into a sandwich. Who wouldn't like that? Can't wait to try it next time I find some fresh asparagus!

Kim Raymond said...

Hi Kevin!

I think that this website is using your picture without your permission ou without crediting your work.

http://www.ecolivinglondon.org/blogs/food-amp-drink/creole-asparagus-grilled-cheese-sandwiches#comment-747

Kim

Kevin said...

Kim: Thanks for letting me know about this!

Emily : RainbowDelicious.com said...

We love this grilled cheese sandwich recipe! I used my panini press and they turned out great! I feautred this recipe in my most recent weekly meal plan on my blog, thanks!

Des said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I am all over this.

Anonymous said...

I'd make just one small change, grilled vidalia onion layered in w/ the asparagus. Delish!

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