To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day — it's April 12! — we've been thinking about what makes it such a great food for gatherings. For Kelyn, a food stylist from Texas now living in NYC, it's the meal that brings up the warm fuzzies of childhood but can easily be dressed up for grownup palates.
Kelyn brought three friends over, her family away from home — Kristina, Stacy, and Gerardo — and made them a Chickpea Cheddar Grilled Cheese. She reached for Arla® Sliced Cheddar Cheese because it has no added hormones,* artificial flavors, or preservatives. Layered with baby spinach and an easy homemade chickpea spread, it turns into a hearty meal.
For Kelyn, grilled cheese has always been a group occasion:
Why did Kelyn choose to share her her Chickpea Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Kristina, Stacy, and Gerardo?
Chickpea Cheddar Grilled Cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided use
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 slices sourdough bread
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh baby spinach
4 slices Arla® Cheddar Sliced Cheese
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and mash with the back of a large serving fork or potato masher to the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes.
Place 2 slices of the bread on a work surface. Divide the chickpea spread between the bread and spread into an even layer. Top with the spinach, the finish each sandwich with 2 slices of Arla Cheddar Sliced Cheese. Close the sandwiches with the remaining 2 slices of bread.
Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the assembled sandwiches and cover. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the sandwiches, cover again, and cook until the second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more. Cut in half if desired.
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