Back of Must Make: Triple Decker Italian Cheese Sandwich When I was little there was nothing as comforting as a grilled cheese sandwich. Although I enjoyed its crisply toasted exterior and gooey melted-cheese center, what I loved most about a grilled cheese was the name. For the longest time, I thought they were called "girl cheese sandwiches," meaning that the sandwich was something so special and delicious only girls like myself got to enjoy them. Eventually, I learned that boys ate them too, but at that point, I was so smitten by the classic combination of cheese and bread that I didn't care. My latest favorite "girl" cheese sandwich is actually a baked cheese sandwich. With its three cheeses (fontina, provolone, and parmesan), triple decker, and slow roasted tomatoes, it's far more gourmet than anything I devoured as a child. However, it still is everything a classic grilled cheese should be: nostalgic, comforting, and sublimely scrumptious. To savor every bite of this sandwich yourself, get the recipe now. Triple-Decker Baked Italian Cheese Sandwiches From Food & Wine Ingredients8 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon thyme leaves 2 white Pullman loaves—ends discarded, each loaf cut into twelve 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 pound sliced provolone cheese 1 pound Fontina cheese, coarsely shredded (about 5 1/2 cups) 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Directions Preheat the oven to 325°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the halved tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake the tomatoes cut side up for 1 1/2 hours, until soft and starting to brown. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until the tomatoes are very tender and slightly shriveled but still juicy. Let cool. Increase the oven temperature to 375°. Brush 16 bread slices with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil; arrange 8 of the slices oiled side down on a large rimmed baking sheet. Top with the provolone and the unbrushed bread slices. Cover with the tomatoes, 4 cups of the Fontina and the remaining 8 bread slices, oiled side up. Press gently on the sandwiches and bake for about 15 minutes, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. Preheat the broiler. Toss the remaining Fontina with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and sprinkle on the sandwiches. Broil 3 inches from the heat for about 1 minute, until the cheese is melted. Transfer the sandwiches to plates and serve. Serves 8. Information Category Main Dishes, Sandwiches View 12 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Comments Maeganmaxfitness 7 years This looks amazing! Nice twist on a great classic. Make sure you go do the cardio to burn it off though! Mel475 7 years I made these the other night - so good! The tomatoes make the sandwich (I couldn't find plum tomatoes so I just used regular tomatoes). It is, however, a very very rich and heavy sandwich. I thought about removing the middle piece of bread to "lighten" it up a bit but I think it's needed to help support the weight of the cheese and tomatoes. It's not a dish I will make often due to it's heavyness (and calorie count!) but it is a great comfort food for cold winter nights (I served it with some minestrone soup). AmberHoney 7 years How did I miss this post? Yummers and I still have some garden toms to use - I'll serve this sammy to my hubby for lunch today. :drool: lovesickblues111 7 years Wow fashionplate525 7 years My mouth is watering, I have been craving a grilled cheese all day! simplyfab87 7 years This looks so good, I have to make this soon. There is nothing better than a cheese and tomato sandwich. Leilanic1 7 years this looks freakin' amazing..i want it now! i'm hungry :) onlysourcherry 7 years this looks so good! mamasitamalita 7 years I love grilled cheese and tomato! weffie 7 years Hahahaha my bro thought that too... I remember once when he was maybe 3 or 4 my mom asked if he wanted a grilled cheese like I was having, and he got all huffy and insisted that his be a "boy-cheese sandwich." I bet he would've been pretty grossed out if that's what they actually brought him!