Sunday, September 14, 2014

Havarti + Tomato + Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich! [RECIPE]

After making this grilled cheese sandwich, it made me think of two things.
  1. My culinary skills have not deteriorated— once a cook, always a cook.
  2. mmm, I should open my own cafe :> (jk)

Recipe at bottom :>

Recipe time!


  • Sliced bread, without holes (ie. ciabatta isn't great for grilled cheese sandwiches)
  • Butter
  • Havarti cheese, or any good melting cheese, ideally room temperature
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Pesto

  • Directions:
    1. If you store your bread in the freezer (like I do) lightly toast your bread slices so it warms up but doesn't actually start to toast. You basically want to warm it up and get some of the moisture out of it, nothing more.
    2. Generously spread butter over one side of each slice of bread, flip slices over once done (the buttered sides will be on the outside of the sandwich and will give it the crispness you want)
    3. Spread pesto on each non-buttered side
    4. Layer sliced cheese on each side. Be sure the cheese doesn't hang over the edge. If it does, the cheese will melt onto the pan when cooking and may be a pain to clean up (depending on pan type and cooking method); easier to just not let it go over.
    5. Arrange sliced tomatoes on only one side
    6. Flip the other bread/cheese side onto the tomato side with cheese facing down, onto tomato
    7. Heat pan— either nonstick or cast iron— to about medium
    8. Place sandwich in pan
    9. Cover with lid— the lid will help seal the heat while the pan heats up to toast the outside bread, while warming and melting the inside of the sandwich
    10. Be sure to check the progress of the sandwich. Butter is good when it's toasted but quickly burns when heated
    11. Carefully flip sandwich when first side is cooked to liking. Press the sandwich down with your spatula, like a panini grill would, helping the melted cheese act like a glue to hold everything together and make a flatter sandwich. Recover while cooking.
    12. Once the other side is pan-fried to desired consistency, take it out, run a knife down the middle and enjoy!

    If you make this, send us a photo on Twitter or Instagram or via the Comments below. We'd love to see how it turned out! xoxo

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