Broccoli Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Remember those I Spy books from the 90s? I think this picture could totally be one of those. “I spy 2 army men, dressed all in green, 3 thimbles, a lock, and a driving machine. A snake, 2 bats, a hive full of bees, a fitful protest, and some cheddar cheese.” Can’t you just see those army men crouching among the broccoli in this sandwich? Or a car sneaking its way along the edge of the plate. The fitful protest? That’s me, a not-yet-grownup, not wanting to eat my vegetables. Cheddar cheese? Not exactly the easiest thing to find in this picture, but it is there.

This sandwich was basically a way of tricking myself into eating something green. “I spy a person, too old to rebel, she must eat her veggies, if she wants to stay well.” A couple weeks ago I found myself in a rut, filled with lentil soup and fried eggs. But not wanting to jump cold turkey from the land of too much butter to the land of all produce, all the time, the idea for this gem of a sandwich popped into my head.

You’ll probably notice there’s not much cheese on this sandwich. Not because I was really that concerned about eating my greens. Just because I’m not a fan of things where cheese is the main event. Especially melted cheese. Cheesecake is definitely an exception. It melts and covers everything and then it gets hard and that weird shiny layer of grease or whatever it is appears. Can’t do it. But if melted cheese is your thing, do it.

First we saute some onion and broccoli. With butter, of course.

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Then we pile the goodness on some bread and grate some cheese on top.

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Slap another slice of bread on there, cook for a couple minutes, and you’ve got a serving of vegetables that doesn’t taste like a serving of vegetables at all. It is mostly butter, after all.

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Broccoli Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

makes 1

a few slices of onion, however much you like

half a small head of broccoli, chopped into small pieces

butter for the pan and for the bread

2 slices bread of your choice

cheddar cheese

Melt some butter in a frying pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add the onion in the pan and cook until soft. Add in the broccoli and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, butter two slices of bread. This will be the outside of your sandwich. On a non-butter side, arrange the onion and broccoli. Grate cheddar cheese over the vegetables, however much you like. Top with the other slice of bread, buttered side out.

Heat the pan again, on medium this time, and carefully place the sandwich in it. Cook on one side until nicely browned, then flip and cook the other side until browned and cheese is melted. Cut in half and serve.

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