Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese



I hope you are the kind of person who thinks Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese is an awesome idea—especially after I tell you that it has pickles. We will be friends.

Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese with Havarti and cayenne Dijon spread. Incredible!

If the idea of Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese (with pickles) seems more “odd” to you than “awesome,” I am not abandoning our budding friendship. We can always bond over something else, perhaps Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins or Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake. Cornbread and chocolate are excellent catalysts for friendship.

Since we are going to be friends, I should warn you that I’m strange. I wish I had a dollar for every time I caught myself doing something weird, such as standing over the sink dipping pickles in peanut butter or singing show tunes aloud while Ben and I walk to dinner.

Sometimes my wacky behavior ends poorly—Ben moving to the other edge of the sidewalk, then giving the people we pass a mutual look of understanding that reads, “Can you believe this random girl with whom neither of us is affiliated is singing right now? Awkward.” In golden moments, however, my unusual antics end in pure brilliance.

Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese with Havarti and cayenne Greek yogurt spread. Incredible!

Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese is my wacky-idea-proves-genius manifesto. This toasty dish is a marriage of flavors so fantastic, I ate it three nights in a row. Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese fuses each aspect of the flavor spectrum into one outrageously tasty sandwich.

Meet our flavor-craze line up: Roasted carrots bring the sweet and mellow. A quick, homemade spread of Greek yogurt, savory Dijon mustard, and a subtle hit of cayenne brings balance to the sweet. Havarti cheese provides creaminess and depth, and our wacky enlightened addition of pickles is the final bite that catapults Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese to Flavor Harmony Nirvana.

Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese with Havarti and cayenne Greek yogurt spread. Incredible!

Yes, Flavor Harmony Nirvana. It is a place, and Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese is its king.

When making Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese, be sure to use slender, fresh carrots, which have a sweeter flavor and roast more quickly than their thicker counterparts. I purchased my beauties at the farmers market, but you can find them at most grocery stores, usually with the greens still attached.

Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese with Havarti and cayenne Greek yogurt spread. Incredible!
I chose Havarti cheese for is buttery flavor and exceptional goo-factor when melted, but I’d imagine that any mildly flavored, smoothly melting cheese would be fabulous as well.
Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese with Havarti and cayenne Greek yogurt spread. Incredible!

Let’s toast our blooming friendship with two warm, savory Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese sandwiches. We may be pals, but no going halfsies here—Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese is far too satisfying to share. One bite, and you will want it all, especially the pickles.

Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese

Yield: 2 sandwiches, serves 2
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Warm, toasty Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese is a satisfying meal that astounds with its satisfying, perfectly balanced flavor. With gooey Havarti cheese, sweet bread and butter pickles, and a tangy Dijon Greek yogurt spread, Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese is easy to prepare and outstanding to eat.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces thin carrots — (enough to fill 2 sandwiches, scrubbed with stems removed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, — softened
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese — (about 3 ounces)
  • 8-10 sliced bread and butter pickles

Instructions

  1. Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Spread carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then toss to evenly coat. Roast carrots for 15-20 minutes, until fork tender and lightly blistered. Remove from oven and set aside. 
  2. Meanwhile, combine Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and cayenne in a small bowl. Preheat a Panini press or large skillet to medium high.
  3. On a work surface, lay out bread slices, butter one side of each, then flip over. Spread the second sides thoroughly with the Greek yogurt-Dijon mixture (I find a spoon works best.)
  4. Top 2 of the bread slices with 2 slices of Havarti each. Place carrots in a row on top of each, so that the carrots cover the slices completely. Top carrots with pickles, then flip the final slices of bread over the sandwich tops, butter side up.
  5. Place the sandwiches on the preheated Panini press or skillet and toast until the bread is golden and the cheese is hot and melted (about 3-5 minutes total for a Panini press or 3 minutes per side in a skillet.) Let cool for 2 minutes, slice, and serve immediately.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gourmet Sandwich Recipe, Roasted Carrot Grilled Cheese

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

43 comments

  1. This combo sounds awesome – the sweet carrots with the sour-ish pickles and sheese = yum!
    Oh gawsh and you had to mention the peanut butter cake! I love peanut butter and I love cake…droolslurpmop!

  2. I am totes down with this!!!

  3. Uh yes! This is crazy creative (and possibly weird:), but I really, really like it. No sandwich will look the same anymore. Pinned!

  4. Wow fantastic recipe, definitely want to try this. It sounds and looks delicious!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  5. this is such an interesting combination – I am really tempted to try this and see if we are pals. Just kidding we will bond over cornbread otherwise :P

  6. I’m intrigued by these flavors! Definitely have to give this grilled cheese a try!

  7. I think this would also rock with pickled carrots. But, sweet. This looks awesome!

  8. You’re a grilled cheese maniac and I LOVE it! xo

  9. This idea is genius, it sounds so darn good! I love pickles with grilled cheese and the addition of roasted carrots is a really fantastic one. Can’t wait to try this… it definitely looks delicious, although weird. BUT I love weird. A lot. And peanut butter cake, for sure ;-)

  10. You crack me up. I do weird crap all the time and embarrass Alex on the reg. So even though I’m kind of weird about pickles (sorry…) I would still try this (sans pickle) and we could still be friends, yes? (I’ll totally sing show tunes with you. Loudly. In public.)

  11. Roasted veggies are so delicious, I can totally see this sandwich being over the top amazing!!

  12. Yum, I am with you this is genius! And I love the combo of pickles and peanut butter too- makes a great sandwich.

  13. I love the shapes that the roasted carrots make when the sandwich is sliced in half! Such a pretty bite.

  14. I’ve always loved pickles + grilled cheese, but adding carrots makes it even more amazing! I have to make this :)

  15. This might be the craziest grilled cheese I’ve ever seen! But I’m SOO excited to try it

  16. roasted veggies are the best!! and this grilled cheese totally intrigues me…even though it would freak my husband out! haha :)

  17. Oh my gosh that’s beautiful! I finished it in 3 minutes

  18. Carrots, mustard, pickles, yoghurt…. uh. I think our friendship may be in jeopardy!!! Haha, just kidding. This sounds AWESOME. I am a big fan of sweet tender carrots and I can imagine how the cheese and pickle goodness would be perfectly complimentary. You are a food genius, sister. Love it! xxx

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  22. Ok, thanks so much for having such great inspired veggie food. I have 7, count ’em, 7 vegetarian kids, I NEED these kind of quick comfort food-y recipes for when we are cuddled inside after a cold and cruel day. Somehow I think a carrot grilled cheese and vanilla bubble bath, plus a big sleep, puts most things right again.

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