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'Wich of the Week: Honey-Basil Grilled Cheese

'Wich of the Week: Honey-Basil Grilled Cheese

When it comes to American comfort foods, it's hard to beat the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks so, since April is Grilled Cheese Month, and this Sunday is Grilled Cheese Day. For this week's 'wich, I decided to celebrate early with a tasty twist on the old favorite.

For this version, which features creamy mozzarella and salty fontina, I recommend choosing a multigrain or wheat bread that's just a tiny bit sweet. It makes the perfect enclosure to a fresh, but decadent combination of sweet strawberry tomatoes, basil, and honey. For the recipe and step-by-step photos,

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Honey-Basil Grilled Cheese

Honey-Basil Grilled Cheese

Honey-Basil Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

4 slices multigrain bread (I used Vital Vittles 12-Grain)
6 strawberry tomatoes, thinly sliced
3 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced with a sharp knife
10 slices fontina cheese, cut with a cheese slicer
12 to 16 large basil leaves
Honey to taste
Butter (to coat bread for grilling)

Directions

Makes two sandwiches.

  1. To make each sandwich, spread one side of each slice of bread with desired amount of butter.
  2. On the opposite side of two of the slices, spread a generous amount of honey, just enough to cover the surface.
  3. Divide the tomatoes between the two sandwiches and arrange the slices on top of the honey. Then, lay four slices of fontina cheese on top of each tomato-topped slice.
  4. Divide the basil leaves between the two sandwiches and lay atop the fontina. Then top each basil-covered slice with the sliced mozzarella. Top with remaining bread slices, butter side up.
  5. Over very low heat, preheat a skillet then grill the sandwiches one at a time. To ensure the cheese melts evenly, cover the skillet with a lid while cooking. Grill each side for about 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned.

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Hanaa Hanaa 7 years
i can't wait to try this....love honey and love basil! yuuuum, yum sugar! :)
sephoragirl73 sephoragirl73 7 years
i'm totally intrigued by the use of honey in grilled cheese. will definately give this a try
saritabonita saritabonita 8 years
okay. so i tried the simple version yesterday.... honey wheat bread honey provolone cheese strawberry tomato basil i prepared it the same and.. OOOOOOO MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG i seriously had never tried such a delicious sandwich. jaja. i was amazed. loved , loved, loved it and i recommended it to many people. jaja
Allie1506 Allie1506 8 years
wow this looks fabulous! It would probably be good with spinach leaves too!
mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 8 years
Me too reesiecup!
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I'll have to try this some time...but I'll need to get a cheese slicer!
mmmmmm mmmmmm 8 years
We loved this, next time with balsamic though
emalove emalove 8 years
I'd try this for sure...I love creating new versions of favorite foods!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I've eaten this less the honey. Can't wait to try it that way.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
This looks delicious! I might substitute aioli mayonaise for the butter and use ciabatta bread. :yum:
verily verily 8 years
Oh god, this looks fab. When the summer rolls around, I'll have to whip this one out as a go-to recipe to use up all those tomatoes and basil leaves I'll be getting!
orisugar orisugar 8 years
oh my god....this looks AMAZING!
ntshlv ntshlv 8 years
this looks sooo good... i want one!
ntshlv ntshlv 8 years
this looks sooo good... i want one!
jazspin jazspin 8 years
That looks amazing! I wonder how it would be with a little pancetta thrown in there too. I'm going to enjoy this month's sandwiches!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
Yummm....
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
This looks great. We needed the definitive version of this favorite. Maybe this is it!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This looks fantastic! Grilled cheese has always been my fave sandwich.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Oh I am so making grilled cheese for dinner tonight!
opisnowpro opisnowpro 8 years
mmhh so delicious!!
roberto roberto 8 years
more like yumwich, am I right?
saritabonita saritabonita 8 years
yum!!!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
yumm! this looks amazing! i can't wait to try this!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Grilled cheese is one of my favorite sandwiches. Looking forward to trying this one.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
I want this for dinner tonight instead of roasted chicken.
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