Mediterranean Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Mediterranean Grilled CheeseMediterranean Grilled CheeseA grilled cheese sandwich is the epitome of comfort food.  Buttered toast and gooey cheese. Nothing better in my book. I tend to keep my version simple, bread and whatever melty cheese happens to be in the fridge. But for this week’s Sunday Supper, we were challenged to create  our own recipe…and I layered some of my favorite ingredients to bring you this Mediterranean Grilled Cheese featuring provolone and prosciutto!
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I brought this beauty into the kitchen after photographing it. Bill asked if it was up for grabs. Sure was. As he got closer. he inquired, “What’s that funny stuff in it?” Yeah, as usual, I got the third degree regarding a new dish. He didn’t even balk at the Kalamata olives. On the other hand, I’m not certain they weren’t surreptitiously removed when I wasn’t looking! But nonetheless, the ol’ ball and chain gave these rave reviews. And so will you!

You may have noticed I served this sandwich with Gallo Family Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc. Gallo so kindly sent me a bottle of my favorite white and favorite red. Their Sauvignon Blanc is light-bodied with a medium sweetness with the “fruit flavors of honeydew melon, citrus and ripe apple, providing a light and crisp finish.” Food pairing recommendations include “tangy tomato sauce, pesto, seafood dishes or salads.” And might I add grilled cheese? If you’re looking for a wine to drink with meaty fish like salmon, roast chicken or mushrooms, the “ripe berry and subtle earthy flavors” of Gallo’s Pinot Noir works perfectly. It’s a medium bodied, dry red wine with “aromas of cherry and sweet fruit flavors” that “provides a smooth light finish.” I will be serving both of these to my book club next week.

Now you must check out all the creative grilled cheese recipes from my talented Sunday Supper friends:

Mediterranean Grilled Cheese
 
Ingredients
For each sandwich:
  • Butter, at room temperature for easier spreading
  • 2 slices bread of choice (I used multigrain)
  • 2-3 teaspoons pesto
  • ½ roasted and peeled red or yellow bell pepper (jarred or roasted and peeled at home)
  • 3-4 Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1-2 slices Prosciutto
  • 1 slice provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread a teaspoon or so of pesto on the other side. With butter side down, layer one slice with the bell pepper, olives, prosciutto and the sliced cheese. Spread pesto on unbuttered side of remaining slice and place it pesto side down onto sandwich. Heat grill pan or frying pan and place sandwich butter side down. Cook till bread is brown and toasted, then carefully flip and repeat. Turn temperature of burner down if bread is browning too quickly (before cheese is melted).
Yield: 1 grilled cheese sandwich/ 1 serving
Total time: 10 minutes

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Comments

  1. I love grilled cheese, this looks especially mouthwatering with the Mediterranean flavors!

  2. Such sandwich is definitely comfort food! I usually like something like that for my breakfast on weekends 🙂

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Great pics! Grilled cheese would be good for breakfast too… right???:@)

  4. Lizzy , that grilled cheese looks simply delicious ! I haven’t tried pairing sandwich with white wine or any wine for that matter , but it sounds wonderful 😀

  5. Extra olives for my sandwich please! What great flavors in this sandwich.

  6. I think Grilled Cheese is the perfect Sunday Supper and your looks amazing!!

  7. I never thought to use pesto in grilled cheese. Great idea, Liz!

  8. What a gorgeous sandwich Liz! Beautiful photography.

  9. Lovely combination of mediterranean flavors! Swooning over the melty cheese…beautiful pics!

  10. I love your sandwich! You have all of my favorite things stuffed between two pieces of bread! I just love it!!

  11. I love Mediterranean flavors, and the pesto with the cheeses sound fantastic. This is definitely a must make…soon!!

  12. Liz, I couldn’t agree more. . A grilled cheese sandwich is the epitome of comfort food!! yes! I love provolone and prosciutto and wow, you added pesto too!!! delicious!!

  13. LOVE these!! What a fabulous sandwich!!

  14. Get in my belly! Love this fresh sammie. Pinned.

  15. Can never resist a nicely toasted cheese sandwich, can’t you?

  16. What a great idea of flavors! I am huge fan of kalamata olives, so I am going to have to experiment soon!

  17. I agree, grilled cheese are the ultimate in comfort food. This sammie looks fantastic!

  18. Prosicutto AND roasted peppers AND pesto? Plus my newfound love, olives? I wouldn’t pick out a single thing from this sandwich. Glorious!

  19. Ooh, I was planning to make a grilled cheese sandwich for ‘dinner’ tonight Liz so I might take a few tips from this. I don’t have any provolone (or ham for that matter!) but I love the idea of adding pesto, olives and peppers!

  20. You and I were working on a similar wavelength here! I love that you added prosciutto–nothing beats that bit of smoky saltiness.

  21. Mediterranean grilled cheese sounds perfect for me. Love love love provolone! And I would so not take the olives out. Mmmm!

  22. Mmm, the sharp provolone is not something you usually see in grilled cheese, but I bet it is amazing.

  23. Not that confimation was needed for my happiness, but receiving the ol’ ball and chain seal of approval definitely means this sandwich ROCKS!!! Totally delish, Liz!

  24. Absolutely love the addition of pesto on your sandwich, Liz – scrumptious!

  25. Oh yum!! This looks delicious! I love to toast a slice of gluten-free bread and top it with a bit of butter and a slice of cheese! YUM!

  26. Very creative grilled cheese! I’m sure it tasted great!

  27. Sometimes this is the only comfort food necessary 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  28. We’ve been on a sandwich kick lately and this looks like one we’d enjoy. Happy Sunday!!

  29. I love just about any grilled cheese. Hated them as a kid. Probably because my mother only used American cheese, and I never liked that!

  30. It looks so tasty and comforting! I would love one for the lunch.

  31. Oh Liz, what a treat! Loove those things! 😉 ela

  32. If Bill says this sandwich is good, I’m sure I’ll like it. 🙂 He’s way pickier than I am so if he gives it a thumbs up, it’s going to be wonderful.

  33. To borrow your expression, Liz, I am swooning at all this gooey melted Provolone goodness. Who wouldn’t want to dive into the sandwich? My guess is you are lucky you were able to get it photographed before fingers reached for the sandwich =)

  34. This is definitely not the every day grilled cheese and I think it’s a great idea! My other half would love this. Definitely a good date-night-in idea, complete with wine!

  35. Another day and another day that Bill gets to eat! He must be stacking on the pounds. I love the look of this. I saw it on FB and was drooling. I agree – there’s nothing better than a grilled cheese sambo especially when served with a lovely glass of red xx

  36. The 4 P’s — pesto, peppers, prosciutto and provolone…that’s all you need!

  37. These look amazing! I love the peppers and olives!

  38. Holy guacamole – the OLIVES!!! Maybe I need to go make of these today!

  39. Grilled cheese sandwiches are the best. I love all the different add ins you can have to make them truly decadent. This isn’t your kid grilled cheese at all!

  40. I know this grilled cheese would get rave review chez nous as well! We make one that is grated cheese with green onions folded in and about 1 tbsp of cognac or whiskey folded right into it…it’s downright decadent but then again so is adding prosciutto! I love the way you’ve got the cheese oozing out, made me lick my lips I kid you not. And a bonus that Mr. picky loved it too!

  41. You just can’t beat a good grilled cheese. I had a fabulous one from a food truck last week with ham, thinly sliced granny smith apples, and swiss. It was good, but I think i would like this better.

  42. Lizzy,
    Any time you say prosciutto, I’m in. Love it. I could eat it until I explode.
    Annamaria

  43. Great inspiration you had on your own twist of the yummy grill cheese. I don,t make enough of them. Will keep your recipe on hand. Ball and chain lol, funny every time.

  44. Oh my goodness, this is one grilled cheese that would steal my heart and my own Bill would growl at the kalamata olives . . . he only eats green olives (and not fresh, but from the jar!). I missed this SS, been so busy and hoping things change for the better in terms of my blogging time now. Hope you’re enjoying your springtime Liz!

  45. A grilled cheese with pesto and kalamata olives? Oh yeah, baby! PLUS wine? I think I love you, Liz 😀

  46. The olives just take it over the top and definitely not something I would have thought to put in!

  47. I made a loaf of multigrain bread today and I have everything in the ingredient list. We’re having this for lunch tomorrow!!! Thanks Liz!!

  48. Yep – these ingredients totally have my heart. Mediterranean flavors ALL THE WAY!

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