Grilled Cheese with Roasted Broccoli
This is the BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER, at least that’s what Zoe and I said as we devoured this sandwich. 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. As one of my readers Samantha says, “can’t go wrong with grilled cheese, but when you add a green- it takes it to a whole new level.” Samantha, I totally agree with you girl! Tossing some brocoli into a grilled cheese is also a great way to sneak some veggies into your little ones, so for those of you that have some picky veggie eaters, you may want to give this sandwich a try. It’s kid approved in my house!
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a staple in this house. We eat them for lunch all the time, as well as dinner. Gilled cheese is just the perfect accompanyment to a creamy soup, and in the fall and winter we eat a LOT soup. I’m lucky because I have one of the best grilled cheese makers, Zoe! Zoe is a pro when it comes to making a killer grilled cheese, and I will show you her simple trick later in this post. All you will need is a Lodge L10SK3 Pre-Seasoned Skillet, 12-Inchcast iron skillet and the lid of a pan. Come on, let’s make up a grilled cheese sandwich!
grilled cheese with roasted broccoli:
- roasted broccoli – see my post on how to roast broccoli
- unsalted butter, softened – just enough to butter both slices of bread
- sliced bread of your choice
- thinly sliced cheddar cheese, Gruyere cheese, or your favorite melting cheese
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.
Once your broccoli is roasted, you’re ready to assemble the sandwiches.
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 in lieu of cheddar), roasted broccoli and some softened unsalted butter.
Heat up your cast iron skillet, panini press or your favorite grilling pan over medium-low heat.
Spread the softened butter evenly on one side of each slice of bread.
Layer the cheese on the unbuttered side of the sliced bread.
Top the cheese with some roasted broccoli. Add a big bunch if you’re a fan, and a bit less if you’re not the biggest fan.
Then top the last layer of cheese over the broccoli.
Cover the cheese with the other slice of bread making sure to have the butter side out.
Put the sandwich into the pre-heated skillet.
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?
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.
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 sandwich with my heirloom tomato soup. As you can see, we used Gruyere cheese for this sandwich.
13 thoughts on “Grilled Cheese with Roasted Broccoli”
what a perfect way to use broccoli and it is so easy. Love it. Hope you are doing great
Thanks Jessica! It’s super easy and super tasty! 🙂 xoxo Jacquelyn
Yum! I’ve had grilled cheese with tomato before but not broccoli – fabulous! Great pictures!
Thanks Mary! 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn
Oh my lord and taylor…what a perfect grilled cheese combo! This one’s on deck for the weekend. Thanks!
I just found your blog and it is wonderful everthing looks so beautiful..your kitchen, your recipes, your children, you…..a glimpse into a.very privileged way of life for sure. I look forward to reading through your past entries!
Hi Dee! What a super sweet comment. I’m so happy you stumbled on my blog and I hope you find some favorite recipes on here! Have a great week 🙂
So happy you are back to blogging! Hope the job is still going well! I love soup and a sandwich, it is just so satisfying. Everyone is always telling you to cut out bread, but there has to be a decent bread out on the market? What kind of bread do you use? I’m always looking for something that’s good for you! You look happy!
Oh god… I’m hungry now…
I made these last night, they were so tasty. I made extras and I’m putting them in everyone’s lunches today. Hope they taste good cold.
Hi Tara! I’m so happy to hear that you loved the sandwiches! I do wonder how they are cold, as I’ve never had a cold grilled cheese sandwich before.
I just made this and it is DELICIOUS!
Yay! I’m so glad you loved this sandwich! 🙂