Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
I’m putting this here so I don’t lose it!
- 12 slices bacon
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 3 cups lightly packed Baby Spinach
- kosher salt or pepper
- 8 slices bread (I prefer wheat)
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1 large tomatoes, sliced and cored
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Working in batches, cook the bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and drain off all but 1 Tbsp of the fat. Return the pan to medium heat, add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 30 seconds longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Heat a panini or sandwich press according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (Alternatively, heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat.).
- While the press is heating, arrange the spinach on 4 pieces of the bread. Top each with some bacon, mozzarella, and tomato, sprinkle lightly with salt, and complete each sandwich with a slice of the remaining bread. Brush both sides of the sandwiches with the oil.
- Put the sandwiches on the press, pull the top down, and cook until browned and crisp and the cheese is melted, 3 to 6 minutes, depending on how hot your machine is. (If using a grill pan, put a heavy pan on top of the sandwiches and cook, turning the sandwiches over once). Carefully remove from the press and serve.
- *For faster and less splattering you can make the bacon in the microwave, I prefer to cook it on the stove but it’s up to you. Enjoy.
OMG! These were soo good! Seriously. I used pepper bacon and after assembling the sandwiches, just grilled them like normal grilled cheese. My boys really loved these. Great way to get them to eat spinach too! We all could've eaten four more they were so good! Great recipe! I'm keeping this one! Thanks for posting it!-Jessie Wing