Aaahhhhh. The ever classic grilled cheese. I whip up a quick sandwich at least twice a week for lunch. And I’ll often pair mine with a creamy tomato soup spiced with a few shakes of Italian seasoning. Classic American fare for sure. But there can be more than buttered bread with cheddar in between. Oh yes, much much more…like Salami Grilled Cheese with Basil Pesto! Wham bam, the classic grilled cheese has gone gourmet!
These sandwiches are absolutely delicious, and impressive too! The combination of Provolone and Monterrey Jack cheeses are a perfect match with Basil Pesto. They melt down to perfect gooiness that leave strings off every bite. I like to use a nice bakery loaf of bread here, usually some kind of Italian hearty bread, or french bread would do just fine too!
Pesto is a simple combination of fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil processed together. It’s fabulous on just about anything. I highly recommend making your own fresh pesto at home for the best flavor. If you’re looking for a recipe, try mine! But you should be able to find a jar of pesto on the shelf at your local grocery store in a pinch.
If you have a Panini press, great! Use that instead of a frying pan. Just be careful not to overload your sandwich with too much cheese. You can have so much fun with this recipe, especially when you start experimenting with different types of meats in your grilled cheese. I have even used spam. Yes I will admit it~ even spam. I did fry it up first though :0) Please try this recipe and let me know what you think! I hope you feel it’s worth every bite.