Comfort food with flair – grilled cheese sandwiches get a makeover and an “upgrade” with Brie cheese! This deliciously simple recipe is from Aviva Goldfarb’s SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. Paired with a Tropical Fruit Salad, it is a perfect meal for the entire family.

Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach


2-3 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)

6-9 oz. baby spinach

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard or apricot jam

8 slices medium-thick slices firm whole grain or sourdough bread

8 oz. Brie cheese, cut into thin slices


Make the fruit salad first, if you are serving it (recipe below).

In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter or margarine over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds. Add the spinach and stir it until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Transfer it to a bowl and set it aside.

With a paper towel, wipe the skillet clean. To build the sandwiches, spread the mustard or jam on 4 slices of the bread. Divide the cheese slices among the 4 slices, and top them with the spinach. Cover them with the remaining bread slices. Lightly spread the outsides of each sandwich with the remaining butter or margarine.

In the skillet, cook the sandwiches over medium heat until they are lightly browned, 3 – 5 minutes per side, turning them once, and pressing them with a spatula or with a heavy pot for flatter sandwiches. Slice the sandwiches in half and serve them.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Use both Dijon mustard and apricot jam on the sandwiches.

Tip: The white rind on Brie cheese is edible and is usually eaten along with the softer interior. If you do not want to eat the rind, it is easy to trim from refrigerated Brie or bring the cheese to room temperature, cut, and scoop out the soft center with a spoon.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Serve it with a tropical fruit salad made with 2 – 3 diced kiwis or 2 cups sliced grapes, 1 – 2 diced mangos, and 1 – 2 sliced bananas (or fruit of your choice). For an optional dressing, dissolve 1 – 2 tsp. superfine sugar in the juice of one lime, and toss the mixture gently with the fruit.

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