Roasted Broccoli and Grilled Cheese Melt


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    3 to 4


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Life would not be complete without a great grilled cheese sandwich. As many of them as we eat, we never get tired of great bread and good cheese. We also love to experiment with different fillings to enhance the grilled cheese experience, but without distracting from the bread and cheese. This is one of our answers, in which we add roasted broccoli for extra flavor and texture. It’s an addictive variation on the classic grilled cheese sandwich—kids love it, and it’s a great way to get them to eat their greens.


  • Florets from 1 medium head broccoli (about ½ pound / 225g), chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 to 8 slices bread
  • 1 cup (120g) cheddar or good melting cheese, shredded or thinly sliced



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. On a sheet pan, mix the broccoli, oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is evenly roasted but not burnt. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  4. Spread butter evenly on one side of each slice of bread. Dividing the ingredients evenly, layer cheese on the unbuttered side of half of the bread slices, then add chopped broccoli in the middle and more cheese on top so that the broccoli lies between two layers of cheese. (This keeps the small pieces of broccoli from falling out as the cheese melts.) Top each with another slice of bread, butter side out.
  5. “Grill” in the skillet, turning the sandwiches over once, until the cheese melts and the bread is evenly toasted.