You guys. This Green Goddess Grilled Cheese is a grown up grilled cheese with a twist. It’s loaded with sharp white cheddar, broccoli and allll the spices all on top of buttered sourdough bread. It’s basically the best thing ever. And like, semi-healthy for you.
I made these as a treat for St. Patrick’s Day. I knew I wanted to have something that was green and delicious and could counteract the green beer that is consumed at downtown parades. And when I say green beer, I mean 1 beer. 1 because A) I’m cheap and B) I’m a lightweight. It’s a win win, really.
I have been eating grilled cheese sandwiches since I was a kid. Some of my fondest memories include eating those classic, white bread grilled sandwiches with processed Kraft singles in the middle all loaded with Country Crock “butter.” Dip it in some chicken noodle soup and you’re set.
However, I wanted to elevate this sandwich. And to take it to another level, I needed to use real wholesome ingredients. So I began my research. I thought of what my favorite bread was. Aka ALL bread. Jk. I wanted to use sprouted but wasn’t sure if it would produce the caramelization that I wanted to see on the bread. So I decided on the always delicious sourdough! It adds a slight tanginess to the sandwich due to the fermentation of the bread and WOWZA is it delicious!
So….in comes the green part of the sandwich. BROCCOLI. Yes, that delicious crunchy little tree you love to eat. It is the perfect mash up to this cheese. Imagine a Broccoli cheddar soup in grilled cheese form. It’s pretty magical.
Lastly was the cheese. I know that in the past I have had issues with the correct cheese melting the proper way. So, I literally googled “Which cheese melts the best” and wa-lah! It was actually the one I thought it would be – white cheddar cheese! Even though classic grilled cheeses usually use yellow cheese, I wanted this one to live up to its name, and you know a goddess would eat sharp white cheddar. Like the fancy kind that comes in a block that you have to grate yourself? Yes mam! I mean, can you just take a look at the cheese pull below? So. Dang. Good.
Also pro-tip: I sprinkled green onions on the top of mine at the end and it added such a delicious flavor.
Happy Almost St. Patty’s Day! Hope y’all enjoy this delicious sandwich as much as I do!
Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
Buttery caramelized sourdough bread loaded with sharp white cheddar cheese and broccoli! Grilled Cheese elevation to the max.
- 4 slices sourdough
- 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsps salted butter
- 1 small bunch of broccoli
- garlic powder (for taste)
- salt and pepper (for taste)
- cayenne pepper (for taste)
Begin by chopping your broccoli. The best way I found to do this was to chop most of the stem off and then flip it upside down and thinly slice it. You don't want the broccoli to be in large chunks, but thin strips.
Add 1/2 cup of grated cheese to a slice of sourdough. Place broccoli on it, like the photo above. Add a generous amount of garlic powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper for extra flavor.
On the other slice of sourdough, spread about 1/2 tbsp of butter on it. Place the two slices of bread together with the butter layer on the OUTSIDE of the sandwich.
Add some butter to a skillet and let it melt.
Place the sandwich in the skillet butter side DOWN. Let sit until cheese begins to melt (around 2-3 minutes). While you're waiting, go ahead and add the other 1/2 tbsp of butter the other slice of the sourdough bread. Once cheese is melty, flip the sandwich and let cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Grilled cheese is done when it's caramelized and golden buttery brown! Eat immediately while hot. Enjoy!