grilled cheese with roasted broccoli
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Adding roasted broccoli to a grilled cheese sandwich is genius, as it adds an extra punch of flavor and texture, and honestly makes you feel less guilty about eating a grilled cheese.
Recipe type: grilled cheese
Cuisine: dinner/lunch
Serves: 1 sandwich
  1. First let's begin by roasting your broccoli. Roasting broccoli is super easy and only takes 8 minutes! Click here to see my post on how to roast broccoli.
  2. Once your broccoli is roasted, you're ready to assemble the sandwiches.
  3. To make one grilled cheese sandwich you need is 2 slices of your favorite bread, (we used sliced sourdough) about 3-4 slices of cheddar cheese, (we also love using Gruyere cheese) roasted broccoli and some softened unsalted butter.
  4. Heat up your cast iron skillet, panini press or your favorite grilling pan over medium-low heat.
  5. Spread the softened butter evenly on one side of each slice of bread.
  6. Layer the cheese on the unbuttered side of the sliced bread.
  7. Top the cheese with some roasted broccoli. Add a big buch if you're a fan, and a bit less if you're not the biggest fan.
  8. Then top the last layer of cheese over the broccoli.
  9. Cover the cheese with the other slice of bread making sure to have the butter side out.
  10. Put the sandwich into the pre-heated skillet.
  11. Now here's Zoe's simple trick to making a grilled cheese panini in a cast iron skillet! Just take the lid of a pan and press it down on the sandwich. This helps create a panini press. Pretty cool, right?
  12. Check the sandwich after a few minutes, and when the bottom is browned, turn it over gently and cook the other side until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted.
  13. There you have it. See how simple that was? I swear my cast iron skillet is the best pan for making a grilled cheese. Pair one of these with a salad or one of your favorite soups. This time of year we love pairing this sanwich with my heirloom tomato soup.
Recipe by Marin Mama Cooks at