Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Sausage and Kale

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Sausage and Kale Grilled Cheese Social
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1049 Calories
77g Fat
62g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 1049
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 77g 99%
Saturated Fat 43g 217%
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 1432mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Protein 37g
Calcium 789mg 61%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Inspired by one of our favorite warm soups, this hearty grilled cheese is a satisfying meal by itself. It combines spicy sausage, citrusy kale, savory caramelized onions and slightly tart Wisconsin kasseri cheese, which melts perfectly. We recommend serving it alongside a jammy Cabernet Sauvignon to help balance the saltiness of the sandwich.


  • 3 tablespoons sausage (fresh medium-hot Italian sausage)
  • 1/4 medium onion (sliced into half rings)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter (salted, divided)
  • 1 cup kale (curly, chopped)
  • 1 large lemon wedge (juiced)
  • 3 ounces Wisconsin kasseri cheese (about 1/3 cup, shredded and divided)
  • 2 thick slices white bread (hearty)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Remove casings from sausage, if necessary, and place in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

  3. Break up sausage with a spatula and cook until browned and cooked through, but still, has some color. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Add onions, pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon butter to skillet. Cook until onions begin to soften and caramelize.

  5.  Mix in kale with a pinch of salt and pepper and cover skillet until leaves begin to wilt. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, mix and set aside.

  6. Pile half of Wisconsin kasseri on 1 slice of bread and layer with kale mixture, sausage and remaining cheese, in that order. Place the second piece of bread on top and cover outsides of both bread slices with remaining butter.

  7.  Grill sandwich in a pan over medium heat, turning once until both sides are golden brown and cheese has melted. Let sit this sandwich sit for 1 minute before serving – this will help the cheese thicken which helps the sandwich stay together as you're eating it. 

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