Monday, June 16, 2008

Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Get ready for another quick post! (I apologize, again.) My sister and I have a facial appointment later tonight (the last one before the BIG DAY), and I need to hit the road very soon.

Tonight's dinner was so yum! It was pretty much a fancy-schmancy grilled cheese sandwich.

Cannellini Bean and Gruyere Grilled Cheese

Makes 4 servings

1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2-3 tbsp water
8 slices whole grain bread
Gruyere cheese (or Swiss, Jarlsberg, etc.)
Olive oil


1. Puree beans in food processor. Add tablespoons of water as needed.
2. Add Dijon mustard to bean mixture. Blend until smooth.
3. Spread bean-mustard mixture on one side of bread and place slices of Gruyere cheese on the other.
4. Coat frying pan with olive oil, turn on medium-low heat, and place sandwich on skillet until bottom is golden brown (approximately 3-5 minutes), then flip sandwich and cook until cheese is melted.

***Variation ideas***
  • Add raw spinach leaves to sandwich
  • Add freshly pressed garlic to bean-mustard mixture
  • Instead of whole wheat bread, use freshly baked French bread

Added volume: greens with organic creamy Italian...

All together from above...

Afternoon snack: Stonyfield peach yogurt with Kashi Go Lean cereal... I finished off the bag.

Non-photographed snacks:

When I arrived home from work, I was starving! I ate a spoonful of peanut butter and a Baked Oatmeal Snack Bar. It was one of those "walk-in-the-door-stuff-my-face-moments." It happens.

Facial time! :)


loveofoats said...

Have TONS of fun at your last facial - SOOOOO exciting!!!

Love your grilled cheese idea - awesome!

Amanda said...

Have fun at your facial. Your sandwich looks so good!

What type of bread is that?

foodfashionlife said...

That just reminded me that I have a gift certificate to a spa that I have never used! Ah thanks for the reminder ;) haha

That is such a good idea for the sandwich -- I never thought about throwing in beans!

Crabby McSlacker said...

I agree, what a great idea to put pureed beans in a grilled cheese sandwich! Sounds very gourmet and healthy at the same time. And the pictures were to die for--I'll definitely have to try this.

MizFit said...

I have these!
never knew there was a technical name!


Anonymous said...

Where is this recipe from? I know I saw it somewhere the other day, but I can't remember where! It's driving me crazy! :)

Tina said...


It's a Tina "original," but the idea came from a recipe that I saw in a magazine. I don't remember which one though.

Tina said...


It's whole wheat bread by Nature's Promise (Stop & Stop's organic brand).

arielle said...

It was in Self! I saw it too and meant to try it...thanks for the reminder.

Tina said...


Yep, I think you're right! I'm an avid Self reader, so that's probably where I got it from. You should definitely give this baby a try! So yum!