Feta & Beet Grilled Cheese with Pear & Butter Lettuce Salad

Feta & Beet Grilled Cheese

with Pear & Butter Lettuce Salad

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To create layers of satisfying flavor in this grilled cheese, we’re teaming up earthy beets with layers of melty monterey jack and a spiced feta cheese spread, whose tenderness is perfectly contrasted by the crunch of golden sourdough bread. For a simple side salad, we’re tossing butter lettuce with sweet marinated pear (whose tangy marinating liquid we’re using to make the dressing).

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Prepare the ingredients & make the feta spread:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the feta spread:

Remove the ghee from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Core and thinly slice the pear. Peel the shallot and finely chop to get 2 tablespoons (you may have extra). Combine in a large bowl. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Thinly slice the monterey jack. On a paper towel-lined cutting board, thinly slice the beets. In a bowl, combine the feta, 1 teaspoon of the spice blend (you will have extra), and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir and mash with the back of a spoon to form a rough paste. 

Marinate the pear:
2 Marinate the pear:

To the bowl of prepared pear and shallot, add the vinegar, lemon purée, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Assemble the sandwiches:
3 Assemble the sandwiches:

Meanwhile, assemble the sandwiches using the bread, feta spread, sliced beets, and sliced monterey jack; season with salt and pepper. 

Cook the sandwiches:
4 Cook the sandwiches:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat half the ghee on medium until melted. Add the sandwiches and loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 2 to 4 minutes on the first side. Add the remaining ghee. Flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Transfer to a cutting board and immediately season with salt. Carefully halve the cooked sandwiches on an angle. 

Make the salad & serve your dish:
5 Make the salad & serve your dish:

Meanwhile, add the chopped lettuce to the bowl of marinated pear. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished sandwiches with the salad. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients & make the feta spread:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the feta spread:

Remove the ghee from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Core and thinly slice the pear. Peel the shallot and finely chop to get 2 tablespoons (you may have extra). Combine in a large bowl. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Thinly slice the monterey jack. On a paper towel-lined cutting board, thinly slice the beets. In a bowl, combine the feta, 1 teaspoon of the spice blend (you will have extra), and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir and mash with the back of a spoon to form a rough paste. 

2 Marinate the pear:

To the bowl of prepared pear and shallot, add the vinegar, lemon purée, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Marinate the pear:
Assemble the sandwiches:
3 Assemble the sandwiches:

Meanwhile, assemble the sandwiches using the bread, feta spread, sliced beets, and sliced monterey jack; season with salt and pepper. 

4 Cook the sandwiches:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat half the ghee on medium until melted. Add the sandwiches and loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 2 to 4 minutes on the first side. Add the remaining ghee. Flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Transfer to a cutting board and immediately season with salt. Carefully halve the cooked sandwiches on an angle. 

Cook the sandwiches:
Make the salad & serve your dish:
5 Make the salad & serve your dish:

Meanwhile, add the chopped lettuce to the bowl of marinated pear. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished sandwiches with the salad. Enjoy!