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Grilled Cheese with Pecan and Sundried Tomato Spread

Yields1 Serving

A classic sandwich gets a fresh, nutritious twist on it with this grilled cheese. Add the pecan and sun dried tomato spread for a dish the whole family will love.

 1 cup fresh pecan pieces, divided
 ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes, not packed in oil
 2 tbsp olive or pecan oil + additional for frying
 8 slices of your favorite sandwich bread
 8 oz sliced extra sharp cheddar cheese, or your favorite cheese

Add 1/2 cup pecans to a small food processor and finely chop (this also works in a regular-sized food processor), making sure to stop before it becomes nut butter. Add the sun dried tomatoes and 2 tablespoons olive oil and process to a spread. Remove mixture to a small bowl. Makes 6 tablespoons of spread.


Lay bread slices out on a flat surface. Spread 8 slices of bread with an even amount of the pecan and sun dried tomato spread. Top 4 of the bread slices with 1 ounce of cheese; then spread 2 tablespoons of pecans in a single layer on top of the cheese. Then top each of those slices with an additional 1 ounce cheese. Then top with other slice of bread, spread side facing down on top of the cheese.


Heat a large pan over medium heat. While pan is heating brush the top and bottom bread slices of each cheese sandwich with olive oil. Cook two sandwiches at a time for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted and bread is lightly browned. Serve immediately with a big green salad.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g79%

Saturated Fat 16g80%
Sodium 630mg27%
Total Carbohydrate 29g10%

Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Protein 22g44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.