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Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Serves 4
A handful of spinach and a slather of green harissa add extra freshness and flavor to this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich!


Green Harissa

  • 2 green Anaheim peppers, or 1 poblano
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper

Grilled Cheese

  • 8 sourdough bread slices
  • A few handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 2 to 3 cups grated havarti cheese
  • Extra-virgin oil, for grilling


  • Make the green harissa. Char the peppers over a gas burner or under a broiler until the skin is blackened all over. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap for 10 minutes. Slice off the stem and place the peppers, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, salt, honey, cilantro, pepitas and a few grinds of black pepper into a food processor and pulse until combined. Drizzle in the olive oil and process until smooth.
  • Make the grilled cheese. Slather the green harissa on the insides of each slice of bread. Assemble with spinach leaves and cheese. Pre-heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Brush the outsides of the sandwich with olive oil and grill on each side until the cheese is melted.