Hot Chile Grilled Cheese

Written by Malissa Spacek on November 8, 2010

From EatingWell: March/April 2010

This deconstructed version of a chile relleno turned sandwich packs some heat and an ooey-gooey filling. We like the flavor of sourdough, but any kind of bread will work well. Serve with: Coleslaw and sliced pineapple.

4 servings | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
4 poblano peppers (see Note)
1 14-ounce can low-sodium pinto beans
3 tablespoons prepared salsa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fat-free shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt
3 scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
8 slices sourdough bread

Preparation
Place peppers in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Let stand, covered, until cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, combine beans, salsa and salt in a medium bowl. Mash the beans with a fork until they begin to form a paste (some can remain whole). Combine cheese, yogurt, scallions and cilantro in a small bowl.

When the peppers are cool enough to handle, slice each one in half lengthwise and remove the stem and seeds.

Heat a panini maker to high. (No panini maker? See Stovetop Variation, below.)

Spread 1/3 cup of the bean mixture on each of 4 slices of bread. Top with a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture. Place 2 pepper halves over the cheese. Cover with the remaining slices of bread.

Grill the sandwiches in the panini maker until golden brown and through, about 4 minutes. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Nutrition
Per serving : 415 Calories; 6 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 13 mg Cholesterol; 70 g Carbohydrates; 19 g Protein; 9 g Fiber; 761 mg Sodium; 307 mg Potassium

4 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 1/2 starch, vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat

Tips & Notes

Note: Dark green poblano peppers, smaller than a bell pepper but larger than a jalapeño, can be fiery or relatively mild; there’s no way to tell until you taste them. Find them near other fresh peppers at most large supermarkets.

Stovetop Variation: Place four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) by the stove. Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 sandwiches in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the sandwiches, then weight it down with the cans. Cook the sandwiches until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the sandwiches, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining 2 sandwiches.

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