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Grilled Cheese with Prosciutto and Kale
and panko avocado fries

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

I know how much you all love your grilled cheese and this version packs in kale leaves, prosciutto slices, and more of that delicious artichoke-spinach pesto. This time we're pairing it with baked avocado fries, which I had for the first time at brunch a few months ago. It was amazing, and I'm excited to have you all give it a try with a great garlicky-lemon dip.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Grilled Cheese with Artichoke-Spinach Pesto:
  • Kale - 2 stalks, leaves of
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp
  • Sandwich bread - 8 slices
  • Cheese - 8 slices ((Try gruyere, swiss, gouda))
  • Leftover artichoke-spinach pesto - 3/4 cup
  • Prosciutto - 8 slices
Panko Avocado Fries:
  • Flour - 1/4 cup
  • Egg - 1, whisked
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Avocado - 2, sliced into wedges
Garlic and Parsley Dip:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, minced
  • Parsley - 3 sprigs, chopped ((loosely packed))
  • Greek yogurt - 1/4 cup
  • Mayonnaise - 3 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Make dipping sauce for avocado fries - Mince garlic and chop parsley. Mix with Greek yogurt, mayo, and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Kale - Peel off leaves. If making tomorrow’s meal, go ahead and prep all the kale leaves. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Prep breading stations - 1) In one bowl, mix flour with some salt and pepper; 2) In a second bowl, lightly whisk egg. If you like spice, add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce; 3) In a third bowl, mix together panko, paprika, some salt and pepper, and cooking oil.
  4. Avocado - Slice into wedges.

Make

  1. Preheat oven to 450F (232C) degrees. Place a wired cooling rack into a sheet pan.
  2. Dip avocado wedges into flour, then egg, and then panko. Place breaded wedges on cooling rack. I found it pretty quick to do wedges one at a time. Shake and bake doesn’t quite work as well with delicate avocado wedges. Continue until done and then bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the panko gets golden.
  3. Microwave kale leaves for 1 minute, until wilted, on a microwave-safe plate.
  4. Butter one side of each piece of bread with about 1/2 tbs. (7.4 ml) of butter each. Lay out bread buttered-side down. Layer with 1 cheese slice, pesto, kale leaves, 2 prosciutto slices, 2nd cheese slice, and top with bread, buttered-side up. Continue until all sandwiches are made.
  5. Heat up a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches onto heated surface (as many as can fit) and press down throughout the grilling process with a spatula. Flip once the first side is golden, ~ 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches with avocado fries dipped into your creamy dip!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (49)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (7)

33 reviews

I super loved the sandwiches, and even though I love avocado, the avocado 'fries' were kind of ooky, and I did not like the dip either :-(

By: Julie
Posted: Mar 28, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Rating for the sandwich only. I made carrot fries instead and they were still good with the dipping sauce.

By: Amanda
Posted: Mar 27, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

sandwhich: amazing! didn't love the avacado fries as much...maybe didn't give them enough seasoning? but the dip for them was awesome and they looked beautiful!

By: Leah
Posted: Mar 27, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Too rich all together.

By: Kara
Posted: Mar 25, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Five stars for the avo fries - my kids absolutely loved them - I put the plate of avocado fries on the table while I was finishing up the sandwiches, and by the time I turned back around, they had gobbled up almost all of them! I've promised to make them again, even though breading them was a bit of a gunky mess. They were not so much a fan of the sandwiches, though - too many strong flavors. I personally wanted to try the stuffed chicken breast version - thought that sounded yummier.

By: Jason
Posted: Mar 24, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Despite being incredibly tasty the breaded and baked avocado were a little bit more trouble than they were worth. The grilled cheese with kale was fabulous. Loved the kale, we wouldn't have thought of that on our own.

By: Cara
Posted: Mar 24, 2014
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful