The classic grilled cheese just got an upgrade! Roasted asparagus grilled cheese sandwiches filled with gooey Swiss and Parmesan on a buttery toasted bread. Plus, there’s tips on how to make ahead these sandwiches for an easy meal option.
Mom friends. Do you have those? Why is it so hard to make and have friends when you are a mom?
This year, I finally pushed myself out of my mom-friend bubble. 🙂
Right out my back window is a little yellow home I’ve noticed in the background for years. Turns out she is a fellow blogger and adorable and is super talented and..and..and…. so nice! We messaged each other on facebook for a bit. And I thought, I’d like to get to know her. She seems like my kind of gal.
I mean when we were kids it was all like…
But as a mom we have to do real work to be friends. We gotta invite them over for lunch, go on walks or exercise together, go out to dinner or do double dates to make friends. Which means we have to make an effort and get out of our comfort zones. Our fears come into play because … if they don’t like us, well, then we did all this work and got really excited about it for nothing.
And if you’ve had some bad mom-friend experiences, where that friend becomes super needy or takes advantage of you, or just wants to hang out too much… then it’s a no-go too! So much risk, ya know? But when you do find that mom-friend, or group of mom friends, boy-oh-boy is it ever worth it. Why is it so hard to make mom friends???
Okay, so back to the story…
I actually started getting nervous, thinking of what the best way was to get to know her. Going out to lunch can be a less-open-vibe type of place with awkward who’s-gonna-offer-to-pay moments, and limited time. With movies, there’s no talking. With inviting them to your place…well there’s worry my house is not very cutely decorated, or CLEAN.. and what will I make to eat, do I need to impress…ect. It can be so stupid what goes through our minds at times‼
But I figured the best way was to invite her to my place for lunch. So I said something like…
Hi! You wanna meet up and have lunch at my place Wednesday at noon? I can make a mean grilled cheese sandwich!
I thought at first, like… this way she knows I’m keeping it super casual, and relaxed. I mean, it’s grilled cheese!
Well, she agreed and I was so thrilled!
And then I had the thought…oh wait… maybe I DO need to come up with a fancy grilled cheese sandwich… oh no‼ Whatever will I do‼!
You guys getting a picture of how my brain works here? Yep, I’m totally an insecure bobble head. Especially when it comes to making friends! I hate it!
So that’s how this recipe came into play. I had some asparagus looking at me in the fridge. And the thought came… hmmm – I wonder if that would be good on a grilled cheese. I added some fancy sliced swiss cheese, tossed on some Dijon mustard + some parmesan and tested it out.
Oh my frickin haybales…
It IS PERFECTION.
Let me just tell you, I was like, where has this sandwich been all my life? The perfect balance of earthy tender roasted asparagus, creamy melted baby swiss cheese, crispy cooked buttery bread and the perfect spicy, mustardy bite. Oh mannnnnn. So good.
Well, she came over, I made this asparagus grilled cheese sandwich, and it was a hit.
And now I can forever say it was this sandwich brought us together.
She loved it. And she brought over an amazing fruit salad I devoured too. We had the best lunch mom-friend-date ever. It was like we were sisters from another mother‼
So anyways, let this be a lesson to ya, you want to make friends… just offer to make them this asparagus grilled cheese sandwich.
It’s a sure win.
And that is all.
Asparagus Grilled Cheese
- 8 oz asparagus washed and trimmed of woody ends (thinner is best)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 8 slices of sourdough or french bread in a round loaf
- dijon mustard
- shredded Parmesan cheese
- 8 slices Swiss or Baby Swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until asparagus is crisp-tender and started to turn slightly brown in places. Remove from oven and cut the spears in half to fit your sandwich bread.
- In the meantime, butter one side of each slice of bread.
- Turn over four of the slices and lightly spread dijon mustard on them. Sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on top of the dijon on those four slices as well. Next place one slice of swiss cheese on top of dijon.
- Then place 4-6 asparagus spears on top of swiss cheese.
- Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over the asparagus. Then place another slice of swiss cheese on top. Place buttered bread slice (buttered side up) on top of cheese.
MAKE IT NOW
- In a large skillet over medium heat place the sandwich and grill butter side down. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the bottom of the sandwich is turning golden brown. Carefully flip sandwich then cook another 4-5 minutes until golden browned and cheese is all melty. Remove from pan and cook the other sandwiches the same way. Then serve.
MAKE IT A FREEZER MEAL
- Carefully wrap each assembled sandwich in plastic wrap. Then cover in foil and add to gallon sized freezer safe bag. Freeze.
- Place sandwich in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours to thaw. Remove foil and plastic wrap. In a large skillet over medium heat place the sandwich and grill butter side down. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until the bottom of the sandwich is turning golden brown. Carefully flip sandwich then cook another 5-6 minutes until golden browned and cheese is all melty. Serve.
MORE QUICK FREEZER MEALS
- Garden Fresh Tomato Soup
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich
- Easy Chicken Burrito Recipe
- Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets
- Cilantro Chicken Taquitos
- Instant Pot Shredded Beef Fajitas
CAN YOU MAKE AHEAD & FREEZE THIS SANDWICH?
Yes, you absolutely can make ahead and freeze this sandwich. Just pre-prep the sandwich putting butter on the sides that need butter, dijon on the sides that need dijon and fill it with your cheeses and asparagus. Then tightly wrap in plastic wrap, foil and place in a gallon sized freezer safe bag. Freeze for up to 4 months.
Food is my love language. But so is saving money. So I like to combine the two a lot and make thrifty make ahead and freeze meals to save time. Because life is busy, and freezer meals can come to the rescue for all of us. And yes, they actually CAN taste good. Read more...