Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Panini

by on March 15, 2011

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How do you like that – GREEN grilled cheese for St. Patrick’s Day! I made these sandwiches in homage to the salad dressing wonder that is the Green Goddess.

Bursting with bright, fresh green herbs and kicked up with the bold flavors of garlic and anchovies, Green Goddess salad dressing has been making a bit of a comeback in recent years. It was first created at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco back in the 1920′s. Now it’s once again popping up at restaurants, being bottled commercially by brands like Kraft and Annie’s Naturals as well as making the rounds of the food blogs. As I toyed with ideas for making green panini for St. Patrick’s Day it finally struck me to invent a grilled cheese version of this big-flavored classic.

Yes, I said invent. Googling Green Goddess Grilled Cheese did not turn up one single mention of anyone else ever having created this sandwich before. And who said there are no new ideas left in food?

Chopping all the fresh herbs

The green color in Green Goddess dressing, as well as in this grilled cheese version, all comes from a profusion of fresh herbs. Parsley, tarragon, cilantro and basil – plus some lime zest – are pulsed along with garlic and anchovies. If you go in for a taste at this stage in the game be prepared for a seriously concentrated flavor blast. It’s probably best to wait until you mix in the cheeses, when all that bold, fresh flavor is distributed amongst the creamy and tangy cream cheese, sharp cheddar and mozzarella.

Getting all melty

I chose the cheeses in this sandwich for both their flavors and melting qualities. Cream cheese and sharp cheddar both have that tangy-ness that you normally would get from the vinegar in the salad dressing. Meanwhile, melted mozzarella stretches like nothing else. The combination of the three gave just the right balance I wanted. Of course, I wouldn’t dream of honoring a San Francisco classic in sandwich form without sourdough bread. Once you brush olive oil on the outside and grill it it’s just like a crouton, which works perfectly when we’re dealing with a salad dressing theme.

This sandwich came out exactly as I’d hoped – bold Green Goddess flavors, creamy stretch grilled cheese and GREEN. Keep a breath mint at the ready and give this one a try!

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Panini

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1 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies March 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I’ve never had Green Goddess salad dressing, but the sandwich looks right up my alley!
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2 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

What a fantastic idea! That filling sounds amazing!
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3 Marly March 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I could definitely go for a vegan version of this green sandwich! Looks delicious!

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4 Kalynskitchen March 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

OMG, I am drooling. (And I can’t quite believe I typed OMG, but it seemed to capture the feeling when I saw that photo.)
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5 Katie | GoodLife Eats March 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

This sounds amazing, Kathy!
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6 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food March 16, 2011 at 5:43 am

I’m ALL over this inventive recipe, Kathy. Homemade green goddess is my go-to salad dressing, and cheese is my favorite savory food. I’m making this for lunch … today!
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7 Kathy March 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

That’s awesome, Barbara!! I hope you like it! :-)

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8 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living March 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

Fantastic idea! I love Green Goddess Dressing, but would have never thought to use it as a basic of inspiration for a panini. Perfect for St. Patty’s Day… or any day, really.
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9 megan @ whatmegansmaking March 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

oh my goodness, this sounds and look so good! Way to go inventing a new grilled cheese – can’t wait to try it! :)

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10 Erin March 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

You continue to astound me with your creative sandwich creations! This one has my heart going “pitter patter” and my stomach growling.
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11 ciara March 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

i love green goddess dressing, but somehow i missed that it had anchovies. i guess that’s like caesar dressing, no? i thing the panini looks delicious, but i’d prob omit the anchovies hehe :o)
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12 Kathy March 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

You’ve got to keep the anchovies in! :-) I swear to you it’s not the slightest least bit fishy tasting. It just adds a kind of briny-ness that makes the Green Goddess so good (yes, just like a Caesar).

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13 Jessica {from Petite Lemon} March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

Oh that looks like HEAVEN! I am so making that for dinner tomorrow! Happy St. Pattys!!

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14 Maria March 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

I want this for lunch!

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15 Jana March 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I love everything about this–the profusion of herbs, the combination of cheeses, the crispy sourdough. Awesome. Thank you!

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16 Carolyn Jung March 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This would be perfect for St. Paddy’s Day, what with the glorious color. But I bet it’s so tasty that we’ll want to eat it every day of the week.
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17 Aggie March 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

This has got to be one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever seen!!

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18 melissa@IWasBornToCook March 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm

This looks great! And so creative, too!
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19 Emma March 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Wow this sounds so utterly flavour-packed and yet oozing and comforting! Green Goddess dressing isn’t something that really exists here in the UK, but it sounds delicious!

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20 Eva March 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

That looks AWESOME. Seriously, I will have to make this asap because I’m about to eat my screen right now.
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21 Julie M. March 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Kathy, you’ve done it this time. this seriously looks like heaven on a slice of bread. Just gorgeous!
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22 Megan March 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

It sounds so fresh and delicious. What a fun sandwich this would be to serve on St. Patty’s Day!

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23 Memoria March 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

My mom loves Green Goddess dressing. I sent her the link straight away! Thanks!

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24 susan from food blogga March 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I too have been noticing that Green Goddess is coming back. I hate to be a contrarian, but I didn’t love it all that much the first time, so I’m trouble getting excited about its return. A GG grilled cheese, though? That I can get excited about.

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25 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Awesome panini! Totally awesome. I’ve always loved Green Goddess dressing and I’m so glad it’s making a comeback lately. Great way to use it in a panini.
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26 Kristen March 31, 2011 at 7:17 am

Oh my goodness gracious – what a delicious, delicious looking sandwich!

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27 sophistimom April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I never would have thought of this combination! It’s gorgeous.

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28 HungryNative June 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

This looks amazing!!! What a great idea!

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29 lily August 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

Yum! Made this for my Aunt and she loooooved it! So easy and great comfort food.

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30 Kathy August 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

I’m so glad, Lily!

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31 laura November 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

Although this looks absolutely delicious and I am really excited to try some of your other recipes… this is not a vegetarian dish since it has anchovies in it. I have been a vegetarian for 8 years and I definitely can’t eat this with those in there.
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32 laura November 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

Sorry didn’t mean to include that web address at the end.

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33 Kathy November 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

Sorry, Laura – forgot about the anchovies. I may need to create a general “Grilled Cheese” category instead.

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34 laura November 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I am sure it will be just as delicious without them for all the veggies out there! Keep up the good work! I just bought a panini grill and will be trying out tons of your recipes! Thanks so much for sharing!

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35 Kris January 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

wow. these flavors are genius, and it looks delectable!
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36 Baker Street January 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Oh yum! I love the idea! This looks so delicious.
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37 Liz January 4, 2012 at 5:44 am

Wow, how gooey and DELICIOUS!
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38 Katie @ OhShineOn January 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love Goddess Salad Dressing, but I must admit I’ve never tried their Green version… that’s definitely going on the list of things to check out at the store. I love the colors used in this recipe… what an absolutely perfect combination!

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39 Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche March 1, 2012 at 3:40 am

This looks amazing! What a great way to liven up grilled cheese :)

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40 Janet January 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Your recipe looks totally yummy and I look forward to making it. However, isn’t grilled cheese more or less a vegetarian standby? It seems lately every vegetable, or non meat food is being prepared with some meat or stock. I’d keep this pure and omit the stinky anchovies .

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41 Kathy January 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

It’s totally up to you how you’d like to prepare it! Grilled cheese, as I know it, isn’t strictly vegetarian. Anchovies are a traditional component of Green Goddess dressing, which is why I included them (I also happen to be a fan of anchovies :-)).

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42 Alex February 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

All I can say is OMG!!! I can NOT wait to try this!
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