Preheat oven to 350°F.
Make kale chips: Place kale and minced garlic in large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and season with pinch of salt and a few cracks of freshly ground pepper. Massage kale leaves with your hands to rub garlic into leaves and disperse olive oil and seasoning evenly (Using your hands is essential. A spoon or spatula will not penetrate and would require additional olive oil to coat evenly, risking soggy chips).
Spread kale on Silpat® or parchment paper-lined baking sheet, lying flat so leaves are not overlapping. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are dark brown; do not burn. Remove baking sheet from the oven to cool.
Meanwhile, slice baby bella mushroom caps and mince the fresh rosemary. Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in small saucepan over medium-high heat and add mushrooms, seasoning with a pinch of salt and a few cracks of freshly ground pepper; sauté 4 minutes while stirring. Reduce heat to medium and add the white wine and rosemary and cook an additional 4-5 minutes until wine has been absorbed and evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Heat large skillet over medium heat and place the slices buttered-side-down in pan. Cover 2 slices of bread with 2 slices each of alpine-style cheese and cover remaining 2 slices of bread with swiss cheese. Place half the sautéed mushrooms over each swiss cheese-covered slice, spreading evenly. Layer kale chips over mushrooms. Grill 4-5 minutes until the alpine-style cheese is melted. Using spatula, carefully flip alpine-topped slices onto the other 2 slices and press down to meld. Remove the grilled cheese from the skillet. Slice sandwiches in half if desired and serve immediately.
- Large handful stemmed kale, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 6-8 baby bella mushrooms, stems removed
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
- 3 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1-2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 4 slices Wisconsin Alpine-style cheese
- 4 slices Wisconsin aged Swiss cheese