Grilled Beet Sandwich

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Yup. You read that correctly. BEET as in those red vegetables that stain your fingers pink.

Honestly, I have no idea what possessed me to make this. I don’t particularly like beets. I mean I like them, but I don’t looove them.

Two summers ago I made them for the family a few times because they were part of our share from the CSA…

roasted beets

(Click here to check out that post–the Husband’s picture alone is worth it. Makes me laugh every time.)

I considered buying them again but they are quite pricy at my local grocery store and each bunch only contains 2-3 beets. It just didn’t seem worth it for a vegetable we just “like” when there are so many more we LOVE (like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, even peas.)

However, I always have a can or two in the cabinet because like mom, I’m a pantry stocker. Plus, you just never know when you’ll want to make a batch of Beet-elicious Cupcakes! ;)

Anyway, I pulled out a can and decided to make a sandwich out of a few slices and some fresh mozzarella I bought at a local deli.

Grilled Beet Sandwich - finished

The result was delicious! Alone I find the beet texture a bit overwhelming but on a sandwich it was fun and meaty. Adding a sweet earthy bite.

Grilled Beet SandwichI used spinach because it was the only green I had but I’m thinking arugula would be great on this. Adding even more flavor.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 Whole Grain Sandwich thin
  • 1 oz fresh Mozzarella in 2 slices
  • Handful of Raw Spinach
  • 4 Slices of Canned Beets
  • Sprinkle of dried basil
  • Dash of Balsamic Vinegar

Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat and layer the sandwich together.

Start with the bottom of the thin, then top with 1 slice of the mozzarella cheese.

Grilled Beet Sandwich - step 1

The cheese is the glue so you want a little on the top and bottom.

On top of the cheese add the spinach, beets and the second slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle with the dried basil.

Grilled Beet Sandwich - step 2

Add a splash of Balsamic vinegar and top with the other half of the thin.

Grill it about 2-3 minutes a side pressing slightly to squash the ingredients together and merge the flavors.

Remove from the skillet, cut in half and marvel at the pretty sandwich. At least that’s what I did. ;)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
205 7g 7g old: 4.5 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 4g 26g 12g
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12 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Nicki

    Your first sentence struck me funny because I “DIDN’T” read the caption correctly. I saw BE.. and automatically read “BEEF”.

  2. Kylee

    Im from New Zealand and we put canned beets on our burgers. Even McDonald sells a burger called a kiwi burger containing beets and a fried egg…. (kiwi is a bird only found in nz and refers to people from nz.)

    Anyway … looks like you classed up an old fave of mine!

    Nice post!

  3. Jennifer

    Beets are great in salads, too… I make one with arugula, beets, feta cheese and a citrus vinaigrette. Delicious!

  4. Lindsey

    This was so good and I even accidentally burnt my bread beyond recognition… Bet it’ll be even better with unburnt bread.

  5. Robyn

    OMG – Fantastic!!! I recently found your website and this is the first recipe I’ve tried. Let me tell you, you have earned my confidence and I will definately be trying more…I’m not a big fan of beets but I am pregnant and trying to get creative in incorporating more healthy food into my diet. This was a great way to those beets down. Thanks!

  6. Kathleen

    I googled “grilled cheese and beets” (thinking they’d be nice together) and found this recipe. Just made it with jarlsberg cheese and drained canned beets. The oregano and balsamic vinegar are brilliant. I buttered my whole grain bread lightly. This is SUPERB!!! Can’t wait to make for my husband.

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