A great grilled cheese practically defines comfort, all crispy bread and gooey cheese.
And a grilled cheese is the perfect base to add other flavors, whether you fancy a slice of tomato or a little ham or bacon. This version is similar to a grilled ham and cheese for adults. Salty prosciutto pairs with creamy, earthy blue cheese.
A touch of sweetness from apricot preserves balances the sandwich. This quick and flavorful lunch would be great served with an arugula salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.
Prosciutto, Apricotand Blue CheesePanino
Start to finish: 15 minutes
2 thick slices country-style sourdough bread
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 tablespoons Great Hill blue cheese, or other creamy raw milk blue cheese
2 slices prosciutto
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
To assemble the sandwich, spread 1 tablespoon of apricot preserve on each slice of bread. Sprinkle one slice with blue cheese, then top with prosciutto. Sprinkle with black pepper and top with the other slice of bread, preserves to the inside. Brush each side of the sandwich with the olive oil.
Using a panini press or a skillet, cook the sandwich 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. If using a skillet, flip the sandwich after 2 minutes.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 566 calories; 197 calories from fat (35 percent of total calories); 22 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 71 g carbohydrate; 20 g protein; 2 g fiber; 1,365 mg sodium.