When you think of comfort food there are a few obvious choices. To me, one of them will always be a grilled cheese sandwich. When it comes to grilled cheese the sky’s the limit these days, as we’ve seen everything and anything you can imagine wedged between slices of American cheese and bread.
Of course, you can use other types of cheese in addition to American, but you need that melty, gooey all- American flavor to make it a real grilled cheese sandwich. Remember when you were little and the highlight of the trip to the grocery store was when the deli clerk gave you a slice of cheese? There’s something about freshly cut American cheese, the texture seems smoother and it almost melts in your mouth as you eat it. What makes a grilled cheese sandwich so special is that freshly cut deli cheese. And no matter what anyone tells you, you’re never too old for a slice of cheese at that deli counter. I still ask for mine!
I didn’t really have to think too hard to come up with my sandwich. I do love a good grilled cheese and depending upon what I have in my refrigerator mine can get a variety of added ingredients. But for this sandwich, I wanted to stay in an Italian frame of mind, so I decided to stuff my grilled cheese with roasted peppers and sautéed spinach.
I have a tried and true method when I make an extra special grill cheese sandwich. I melt the butter then brush it on the bread, making sure to get a good even coat on one side of the slice. I don’t want any dry spots! Then I bring out the grill pan to leave those lovely marks on the bread as it toasts, changing it from a plain sandwich into a panini. As for my choice of bread, for a sandwich like this its got to be a good loaf of sourdough extra wide and thickly sliced. The kind of bread that’s perfect for this hearty grilled cheese sandwich.
Now to take this sandwich just a little over the top, I added some finely chopped basil to the melted butter, so when I brushed the butter on, little specks of basil were embedded with the butter onto the bread. And just to make it an even more special I sprinkled grated Romano cheese on top of the butter.
If Leonardo da Vinci ever made a grilled cheese sandwich, he would have made this one. It truly was a masterpiece.
If you’re a sandwich lover you’re going to love these recipes:
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Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
This looks like the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. It is so true that a grilled cheese is one of the perfect comfort foods.
Thanks for stopping by Dawn, and it was even better than I expected. Just a wonderful combination of flavors!
Great comfort food, and what a great idea to get some vegies into kids’ food. Peppers and spinach make for a great combo, and I would think the flavors came out beautiful.
thanks for stopping by, and yes the flavors were amazing!1
OMG. I want this now! Looks delicious, and I’m especially partial because I absolutely love spinach, roasted red peppers…. yum! Also thanks for sharing the pin a meal, give a meal. Sounds like a good way of trying to give back.
it really was delicious Allie, the flavors all came together, Thanks!
Looks really good! I bet the vegetables help lightening up the cheese!
Chef this looks phenomenal! Totally perfect for this time of year!
Thanks Raven, I do love cheese, and this sandwich was over the top!
Mr. & Mrs. P
This looks delicious!!! Wouldn’t mind having one for lunch!!! Thanks for sharing!
Your’e very welcome and thank you for stopping by!
I can eat grilled cheese sandwich everyday. One of my fav is corn and spinach. This sounds really fantastic too!
thank you! It did turn out really well, that Land O Lakes Italian american cheese was the perfect match for those flavors!
Jersey Girl Cooks
Now this is one good looking grilled cheese sandwich!
Thanks Lisa, it even surprised me and how good it was! Gotta love a good grilled cheese!
My bread is in the oven now. I will be using it to make these amazing sandwiches for my grandson and his friends this afternoon. They are true connoisseurs when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches. So keep these wonderful recipes coming, Dennis.
I can’t wait to hear how your grandson and his friend enjoy their sandwiches, I can only imagine how good they will be on home made bread!
Oh, my! Three 17 year-old boys polished off two and a half sandwiches apiece. I was told that this is definitely “a keeper.” That is high praise indeed! This sandwich will become a regular in my home.
Thanks for this excellent addition to my recipe box.
I would say that was a pretty successful sandwich..lol. Be careful they’ll tell their friends and you may have to open up a grilled cheese sandwich stand!
thanks so much for letting me know! Have you tried my buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich, it’s one of my favorites!
I have been feeding my grandson’ s friends since they were in 1st grade, Chef Dennis. I love having them here and feeding them, too. They are are a joy to be around. They love good food and are always appreciative. My grandson and one of his friends are so inspired that they are taking a culinary class just for the sheer pleasure of it. Sometimes they even cook for me!
Since I discovered your website I have made many of your recipes. That Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is a huge hit in my home. I now have my eye on those Meyer lemon ricotta cookies. I plan to try them soon. They sound very much like a cookie my Italian grandmother used to make back when I was a young girl.
Please keep these recipes coming. We enjoy them immensely.
it was sourdough bread, I found an extra wide loaf of it and it had such an nice texture, it was perfect for grilled cheese!
I just found out I’ll be in Orlando for the Food and Wine Conference in July, will you be going?
I was wondering what type of bread that is when I saw it on Google+. This really looks and sounds delicious. What a great veggie sandwich. Going to have to make this one. Thanks Chef Dennis.
Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
I love grilled cheese, and I never thought of adding other ingredients to it. This post just gave me new things to do with my favorite sandwich. Thanks, Chef Dennis!
Thanks Betty Ann! love changing up my grilled cheese with different toppings, and this sandwich was amazing!
Jennifer-The Adventuresome Kitchen
Great sammie!! We don’t make grilled cheese often, but when we do it’s always nice to sneak in a few veggies! Now I just need to run out and grab a loaf of gluten free bread!
it really is a wonderful to change up a classic sandwich, thanks for stopping by!
Hi Chef Dennis!!!
I see you are still churning out enticing deliciousness!!! Happy Grilled Cheese Month! Your Italian Grilled Cheese with Roasted Peppers and Spinach not only sounds yummy, it looks scrumptious!!!
Hope all is well with you and yours. It has been quite a winter for us in PA, I bet you sure are happy to finally see the sun!!!
Stay well, Louise
thanks so much for stopping by and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed my sandwich! Hopefully this will be my last winter in the Northeast, we’ll be Florida bound within the next year or so.
and it certainly is nice to see the sun
thanks Carol, it really was a most excellent sandwich!
Carol | a cup of mascarpone
YES, please. This is going to be my lunch today! What a great combo with the melted cheese!
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I love grilled cheese, these are the perfect toppings!
My wife thinks I’m crazy when I add other foods to grilled cheese, but I love the different flavor combinations!
This looks so oozy gooey good-great comfort food! And I love the Land ‘O Lakes giving idea this month–super great, enjoy your weekend, anne
Thanks Anne, it really turned out better than I had imagined!
David @ CookingChat
Wow, this looks great! I need to get more creative with grilled cheese…good inspiration here!
Thanks David, it turned out better than I expected!