Grilled cheese is staple in American households even though it may not be the healthiest meal. However, there are ways you can improve upon the classic. For starters, ditch the white bread and American cheese and move on to whole wheat and tallegio (or you favorite melty cheese). Then, step up your grilled cheese game by adding hummus, preferably this sweet potato hummus with curry. I hesitate to even call this a recipe, more of an idea (a good idea).
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 2 ounces cheese, tallegio, gouda, or smoked mozzarella
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- Olive oil, for brushing
- Preheat griddle over low heat. Brush the outsides of the bread with olive oil. On one piece of bread, spread with 1 tablespoon of hummus. Add cheese on top then finish with remaining tablespoon of hummus. Top with other slice of bread and brush outside with olive oil.
- Grill on each side until browning and cheese is melting, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Variations for the Hummus Grilled Cheese
The combinations are truly endless here as this hummus grilled cheese sandwich has served as a base for countless grilled cheeses throughout the years. If you start out with a solid foundation of quality bread and cheese, you can’t go wrong.
The Cheese: I like to mix up my cheeses for grilled cheese sandwiches. My favorite is tallegio but manchego, cheddar, smoked mozzarella, and gouda are all good too. Play around with different cheeses and find your favorite.
Shredded vegetables: This actually comes from another of my favorite sandwiches, the groovy bagel melt. This sandwich is similar but features carrots, spinach, and red peppers, Shred and add those to the grilled cheese for a boost in color (and nutrients!)
Hummus: Any flavor of hummus you can dream up, you can use on a grilled cheese sandwich (or just go with traditional hummus- no extra flavors needed!)