Spinach Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 teaspoons butter
  • 8 slices bread
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Chunky Marinara Sauce

 

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat; add the onion and cook a few minutes until softened (you can let it caramelize a little if you want), stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, spinach, salt, pepper, and a splash of water and cook until the spinach is wilted and the water is evaporated, stirring constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn.

 

Spread 1-teaspoon butter on 1 side of each slice of bread. Arrange 4 slices of bread (butter side down) on a cutting board and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella on top of each. Divide the spinach mixture between the four sandwiches, spreading it on top of the mozzarella, and then sprinkle 2 tablespoons more mozzarella on top of the spinach. Place the remaining slices of bread on each (butter side up).

Grill the sandwiches in a large frying pan (or on a griddle) over low heat until golden on both sides. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese on top of each sandwich and serve warm, along with Chunky Marinara Sauce for dipping.

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