Fun With Food: Medianoche Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Medianoche means midnight in Spanish. That’s right – these are drunk sandwiches. But in the event that you’re just looking for a really tasty lunch, I highly recommend this sandwich. Play with the mustard mix a bit and toss it in a panini press then serve it up with sweet potato tots and your inner fatty will kiss you.


  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (1 1/2-ounce) slices Hawaiian sweet bread
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 sandwich-cut dill pickles, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  •  Cooking spray



  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard mixture evenly over each bread slice. Divide cheese, pickles, and tomatoes evenly over each of 4 bread slices; top with remaining bread slices.
  2. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 sandwich to pan. Place a cast-iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwich; gently press to flatten. Cook 45 seconds on each side or until cheese melts and bread is toasted (leave cast-iron skillet on sandwich while it cooks). Repeat procedure with remaining sandwiches. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally.

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