This month's Crazy Cooking Challenge is Grilled Cheese. How could I resist when cheese is one of my favorite foods.
April was National Grilled Cheese Month (who knew?) so there were quite a few grilled cheese posts in blogsphere. The one sandwich that caught my interest was from Lana at Lana's Cooking.
Lana's pepperoni pizza grilled cheese sandwich looked delicious. I had no doubt that everyone would luv this grilled cheese sandwich, but I didn't have pepperoni and I needed to make lunch pronto.
Using Lana's 'pizza' style grilled cheese sandwich as my inspiration I decided to make a white pizza with spinach grilled cheese sandwich since all I had in the fridge was fresh baby spinach, leftover ricotta, mozzarella and half a loaf of Italian bread.
My white pizza with spinach grilled cheese sandwich is a take on the 'white pizza' that is made in many pizzeria's, especially in NY and NJ. The white pizza has only ricotta cheese on it and some pizzeria's will add a variety of toppings of your choice if you ask.
This sandwich was so delicious I hope you give it a try.
White Pizza With Spinach Grilled CheeseIngredients:
- 8 Italian bread slices about 1/4" to 1/2" thick
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 6-8 slices mozzarella
- approx. 8-10 spinach leaves (washed & dried)
- grated parmesean cheese (optional)
- oregano, basil (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- drizzle of olive oil for each slice of bread
- 1 TBLS. butter
- Pre-heat a griddle pan.
- Lay out bread slices and drizzle olive oil on each slice. Divide the slices using half for the filling and the rest for the top of the sandwich.
- Evenly spread ricotta on top of the drizzled olive oil bread slice, add mozzarella, salt & pepper and other herbs and/or cheese if using, then add the spinach leaves & a smaller piece of mozzarella on top to hold the sandwich together.
- Place the remaining bread slices, olive oil side down, to make the sandwich.
- Add the butter to the heated griddle pan then add the sandwiches to the melted butter.
- Place a cover over the sandwiches to add a little weight which will help to seal the sandwiches. Cook about 2 minutes or just until browned and then turn over to brown the other side.