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St. Patty Melt

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"If you think substituting braised greens for the patty is crazy, you're not alone, because that's what I thought. Then I tried it and was treated to one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches of my life. Even if you never use these greens to make a grilled cheese sandwich, you should still master this recipe to serve as a side to meat, with pasta, or scrambled into some eggs. This stuff is just shockingly delicious. I served mine with radishes and cornichons."
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50 m servings 765
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 sandwiches)


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  1. Remove tender, leafy parts of kale and mustard greens from their tough stems and place in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and wash greens, allowing dirt to sink to the bottom. Transfer greens into a colander or strainer to drain thoroughly.
  2. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add drained kale and mustard greens, using a spatula to make sure they are immersed. Bring back to a boil; cook until barely tender and not soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool until easily handled.
  3. While greens are cooling, heat 3 tablespoons butter in a pan over medium heat. Saute garlic, green onions, and salt until they soften and turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in black pepper and cayenne.
  4. Squeeze water from cooled greens and chop. Add greens to the pan and continue to cook and stir until just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Remove from heat and stir in rice vinegar.
  5. Heat about 2 tablespoons butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Add 2 slices French bread; place 1/4 of the Irish Cheddar cheese on top. Place about 1/2 cup of braised greens on 1 slice of bread; top with remaining bread slice, cheese side-down. Cook, flipping as needed, until surface is golden brown and crisp, cheese is melted, and greens are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Repeat with remaining bread, cheese, and greens. Remove to a cutting board, slice in half at a slight angle, and serve.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Swiss chard or escarole would also be lovely. You can also try this with spinach. You need enough greens to yield about 1 1/2 to 2 cups, once boiled and chopped.
  • You can use any cheese you want; for me, the perfect pairing with the greens is a nice sharp white Cheddar.
  • Using enough salt is the secret to making delicious greens; the salted water in which you boil the greens should taste like sea water.
  • A splash of regular vinegar with a pinch of sugar will work instead of seasoned rice vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 765 calories; 49.6 56.8 28.5 135 1115 Full nutrition

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This is SERIOUSLY delicious. It’s not the kind of combination you expect to work well, but it comes out amazing. I didn’t have scallions so I subbed onions, and it turned out great.

Devoured by whole family, including the pickiest eater! Served with tomato soup. Unusually delicious, and so healthy. What more could we ask for? Thanks, Chef John!

I definitely will be making it again. This sandwich is delicious I did however, change the bread I used sour dough, and and at first I couldn’t find the lacinato kale so I settled for regular ka...

Really good! Made with Kale and Swiss chard, rye bread and Munster cheese....what I had on hand. Whole family enjoyed.

This is an amazing recipe!!!! Literally turned out just like the video, so few things do that in this day and age. We are vegetarians who don’t love kale etc but this hit the spot. The seasoned ...

Loved this grilled sandwich. It was so delicious and fulfilling and was definitely worth the extra time that it took to make. I used my homemade Sour Dough bread. I will make this sandwich ove...

This was really yummy. Used rye bread and only made two sandwiches. Had the remainder of the greens scrambled with eggs and topped with white cheddar for breakfast. Unsure which I liked better.

We used Standard Kale and Swiss Chard for the greens. Used Wexford Irish Cheddar. Had it with some Fresh Tomato Cream soup. Holy cow it was good.

Supper delicious and simple. Will be making over and over!!