Earlier on in the week, when I made the spinach, or spanakopita pesto pasta I made sure to keep some of the pesto left over for something new. I had come across the idea of using a pesto in a grilled cheese sandwich and it was the perfect time to try one. I have been experimenting with grilled cheese sandwiches for a while now. It all started when I first tried adding some jam to one then I moved on to chutneys and now it was time to try a pesto grilled cheese sandwich. Since the spinach pesto had some Greek flavours going on I decided to use a Greek cheese, graviera, in the sandwich. The spinach pesto sandwich with graviera was amazing! The flavourful pesto worked really well in a grilled cheese sandwich! Although the graviera did not melt quite as well as I had hoped for it was still really tasty and it rounded out the sandwich nicely. I can’t wait to experiment with more pesto grilled cheese sandwiches.!
Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A tasty spinach pesto smothered in ooey gooey melted cheese and wrapped in buttery golden brown grilled bread.
- 1 tablespoon salted butter, room temperature
- 2 slices bread (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup graviera cheese (or gruyere, or swiss), shredded (or 2 slices), room temperature
- 2 tablespoons spinach pesto (aka spanakopita pesto)
- Butter the outside of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheeses on the inside of one slice of bread, top with the spinach pesto, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread.
- Grill in a pan, preheated over medium heat, until golden brown on both sides and the cheese has melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.
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Cookin' Canuck says
You are the king of grilled sandwiches. This looks like another great one!
Belinda @zomppa says
Man, that looks good! Gruyere makes for the best grilled cheese!
Spécialiste de l'éphémère says
This is for me!
Yer killin' me! You always make the best stuff! I want to trash my beer can chicken, au gratin cauliflower, and salad and make one of these. Keep 'em coming Ken. You are the king of delicious!
this look uh-mazing!!
Chocolate Freckles says
Simply amazingly delicious!
Grilled cheese genius!!!!! YUM
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Awesome and so original!
Bringing Pretty Back says
JUST discovered your blog. I love it!
That looks fantastic! I would have never thought of making a grilled cheese sandwich with a pesto. I love spinach, so I'm going to give this one a try. I have to admit that I've never heard of that type of cheese, but I've never met a cheese I didn't like.
For the Love of Food says
What type of bread is this? I made a similar sandwich once on ciabatta and it was great!
robin @ penny pinching provisions says
I love grilled cheese….and if you're going to have grilled cheese, you need to do it right…and this looks right to me!
Hi. Your blog is wonderful. I am loving your healthy and interesting recipes. This sandwich looks so yummy. I have to try your pesto.
Pesto grilled cheeses are some of my favorite sandwiches! I'm so glad you discovered them.
another delicious spinach ingredient recipes. how come you always get an idea to make all of this food
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For the Love of Food: The bread is a store bought one called an Ancient Grain bread that has things like quinoa and amaranth in it.
you are a great cook i love your recipes but i saw you dont have any Turkish recipes but Greek recipes are all Turkish food i guess we cook the same food with Greek people with a little bit of difference
i would love to give you this website address of Turkish guy who cooks great like you are
This sounds delicious – going to have to try it some time. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul says
Your food ALWAYS look so appetizing…
Losing in the City says
oh how i love a grill cheese sandwich.. this looks so yummy…
Adventures in Domestic Cooking says
Wow, this looks excellent. No Kraft American Cheese on this beautiful sandwich=)
Morta Di Fame says
This is a great idea!
What a perfect grilled cheese! I am going to be craving this all day until I get home and am able to make it!
Shamrocks and Shenanigans says
what a great idea! I just talked about grilled cheese (it post tomorrow-I'm a couple weeks ahead) on my blog. I love love love Muenster on a grilled cheese.
Shamrocks and Shenanigans
mmmmmmmmmmmm! I love your sandwiches! gloria
Kate at Serendipity says
Oh, YESSS. Two of my favorite things–pesto and grilled cheese. Why didn't *I* think of this? It looks amazing. I have some spinach, and my pesto-maker is raring to go. Heh, I bet this would be good with olive pesto as well.
Now that is one beautiful sandwich.
Linda's Yummies says
That my friend is a good-looking sandwich. Great job – my hat off to you!
What a great idea – I have some arugula pesto that I need to use up. Makes sense to smear it on a grilled cheese sandwich… looks delicious!
Trainee de Cozinheira says
You have wonderful recipes, congratulations
wow! looks sick! (that's a good thing!)
Jeanne @ CookSister! says
You're killing me here. Surely that deserves the title of "the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich??" Yum!
Never realized the great combo of pesto and cheese.. Def a must try. Can I use any pesto sauce ??
This looks so good! Is graviera similar to gruyere in taste and texture?
Anonymous: I imagine that this would work really well with a number of different pestos and I am looking forward to trying some more out.
lbrookscooks.com: Graviera has a similar texture to gruyere but the flavour is different. Both would work well and so would a number of other cheeses.
This was pretty good, but way too much pesto. Will make again, but with 1 tbsp of pesto per sandwich. Other than that, this grilled cheese rocked!
SHUT UP! it's too fabulous. YIKES
your food looks absolutely delicious. so glad to have happened upon your blog. saved to bookmarks to visit again.
keep it up!
Looks so good that even my stomach's all filled up(just had dinner) I feel like eating it!!! And the photos seemed like they came out of a recipe book.
I just discovered your blog
thanks soo much for posting these recipes…
you are an AMAZING Talent!
Came upon this during a search for Butternut squash recipes and the inviting photo of the pizza made me click on it and boy oh boy found this little gem recipe. Thank you, I am officially distracted at work now. Will be coming back for more goodies, so will my gfs!
bed frame amish says
Grilled sandwich is not really my thing but this one looks really delicious! The cheese is so nice in their!
Mª del Mar Hermoso says
It's a fabulous idea: an easy meal with 2 slices of bread, gratinated cheese and spinachs. Mmmmmmmmmmmm I die for it.
Thank you for so many ways to improve our boring diet and life. You are what (and how) you eat.
Congratulations from a Spanish fan and happy 2011.
a frog in the cottage says
just the kind or quick recipe i like when i lack time, looks full of flavors !!! yummy
I tried a variation of this and had it w/ a variation of your mushroom soup recipe. MMMmmm a great dinner. Thanks!!
glorious sandwiches says
holy fuck, this looks delicious. very glad I came across your blog! also, hi from Toronto.
YUM! cant wait to try that — i'm a sucker for a good grilled cheese!
The Asymptotic Faery says
*goes totally weak*
Wow, I am really enjoying your recipes. Keep them coming!
Cookin' Cowgirl says
You have been awarded the One Lovely Blog Award! Congratulations! I have featured you here:
The Iowa Farmer's Wife says
I making this for lunch and would love your to link this up to my vegetarian recipes blog hop!!
Michelle G says
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I made these for my family last night (a lighter version to work with my diet) and they were amazing! Thanks for inventing this masterpiece.
Cooking Blog says
I like the way u look this,its ultimate sandwich.
this seriously looks so amazing! perfect fall sandwich : )
I will have to try this one today, since I just picked some fresh basil from my garden and turned it into pesto…looks yummy.
Lynn M says
Mmm, this looks so simple and yet so comforting. Perfect for an early fall dinner. Thanks!
Oooh, this looks amazing! I love making grilled cheese a little fancier! 🙂
I love grown-up grilled cheese! This looks awesome!
The Cookinglady says
Your hurtin me real bad kevin, the pic's are awsome. They make you want to get up and cook something. We eat with our eyes and that's what I love about your food. Great job
I want this NOW!!!! Love this blog.
Beth Koenig says
I just made this for lunch… AMAZING!!! I never would have thought of this, so thank you 🙂 Definitely my new favorite grilled cheese.
Love this so much! Even my kids will eat this so I am happy with it!
Looks yummy! Featured you in my post here: http://infinitelittlepleasures.blogspot.com/2013/04/happy-grilled-cheese-day.html
Happy national grilled cheese day!
Hello Wonderful Kevin,
I love all your wonderful recipes and your mouth-watering pictures. I was wondering if you give your amazing amounts of food to the food bank or if you and your familly
eat it all. You are the best!! Your hungry fan,dobby