The Ultimate Italian Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

At any given time we have at least 6 different types of cheeses in our house. To say that we love cheese is an understatement. As much as I love dessert and I do I’m hard pressed to turn down a cheese plate when it’s on the dessert menu. It’s cheese, seriously what’s not to love about it. I love it to snack on, to add oomph to dishes and yes most definitely in GRILLED CHEESE sandwiches like this one.
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So when I was asked if I would be interested to help JUDGE the 2014 Wisconsin Cheese Grilled Cheese Academy’s Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown you can bet it took me all of 2 seconds to reply with the most enthusiastic YES I could muster. I’m currently in training. I take my job very seriously people. There is after all a $10,000 GRAND PRIZE up for grabs. That my friends will keep you in a nice supply of cheese. Would couldn’t use an extra $10K eh? So now that you have your motivation grab your favorite Wisconsin cheese and put your recipe thinking caps on.

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Provolone, Brie, Edam, Cheddar, Dill Havarti, Fontina, Mozzarella all would be magnificent melting cheese choices …

Pop over to the Grilled Cheese Academy site here for more info and exactly how you can enter your grilled cheese creation. The contest is underway NOW and is just in time for National Grilled Cheese month.

The Ultimate Italian Grilled Cheese

To celebrate we’ve put together a little something cheesy and gooey for you. We’re calling it The Ultimate Italian Grilled Cheese. It’s made using grated Wisconsin provolone cheese, our homemade oven roasted tomatoes, prosciutto, pepperoncini and the kicker, the ciabatta bread is brushed with roasted garlic herb butter. You’re going to need a few extra napkins but that’s okay.

Ultimate Italian Grilled Cheese


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Grilled Cheese Academy. Opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Italian Grilled Cheese

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Yields 2 sandwiches


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter - softened
  • 2-3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 4 slices Ciabatta bread - sliced 1" thick
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 12 baby spinach leaves
  • 6 oven roasted tomatoes
  • 2-4 pepperoncini
  • 2/3 cup grated Wisconsin provolone cheese


  1. Into a small bowl mix together: butter, garlic and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Brush bread slices with herb butter.
  3. To create two sandwiches, onto 2 slices of bread add the following to each: 3 slices prosciutto, 6 leaves spinach, 3 oven roasted tomatoes, 1-2 pepperoncini, and 1/3 cup cheese. Top with bread slices.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sandwiches and cook for approximately 3 minutes or until golden crust forms. Carefully flip sandwiches and continue cooking until golden.
  5. Allow sandwiches to rest momentarily prior to cutting.


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  1. 1

    I could seriously lick the screen! I need this in my life!

  2. 2

    Girrrrrl! When you say Ultimate, you’re not messing around!

  3. 3

    Um, you had me at… all of that!

  4. 4

    I usually have about 3 types of cheese in the house…we love it here too! And this sounds – amazing!

  5. 5

    I am not a huge grilled cheese fan but I am DYING for this!!!

  6. 6

    I will have to agree—Cheese is the Bomb! Also I will have to say since I love toasted cheese sandwiches, you were not exaggerating that this is THE ultimate Italian toasted cheese sandwich. Wonderful array of ingredients!

  7. 7

    Oh yeah, now this is a grilled cheese sandwich!

  8. 8
    Lora @cakeduchess /

    There’s a grilled cheese academy-wow! And WOW on this amazing sandwich-love!!

  9. 9

    You’ve got me drooling over here. I’m all over the grilled cheese thing this month and this one’s made it to my ‘must make’ list. Wow, it looks delicious.

  10. 10

    This IS the ultimate. Love it.

  11. 11

    Good for you, that will look good on the resume. Love this sandwich!

  12. 12

    Ooooooooooh yeah. I’m totally adding this to our dinner menu next week! YUM!

  13. 13

    Wow! This looks so good! I must try this sometime!

  14. 14

    Nobody does grilled cheese like you! Stunning!

  15. 15

    This is the best grilled cheese ever! Love!!!

  16. 16

    Gorgeous Paula! This is so beyond delicious looking.

  17. 17

    I want this grilled cheese! It looks so amazing…yum!

  18. 18

    Grilled cheese perfection, love the roasted tomatoes!

  19. 19
    Nicole /

    Looks delicious I will have to try with some gluten free bread- thanks for the awesome recipe!

  20. 20

    Aghhhhh, this is DEFINITELY an ultimate grilled cheese!

  21. 21

    OMG get in my belly! You are killing me with this one Paula. A total “to die for” grilled cheese, and as a Wisconsin girl myself I here by nominate you winner!

    Hands down!

    Pinned. 🙂

  22. 22

    Dying for one or maybe two of these! Gorgeous!!

  23. 23

    There’s so much goodness packed in to this thick grilled cheese sammie. Love!

  24. 24

    Grilled cheese is the best! And you can’t go wrong with roasted tomatoes or prosciutto (my fave!) This sandwich looks great!

  25. 25

    Oven roasted tomatoes are my trick for succulent treats all winter long. Love that you paired them in my favorite sandwich fixins!

  26. 26

    Oh my word, do I wish I was having this for lunch today!!

  27. 27

    I love grilled cheese and this one looks out of this world amazing.

  28. 28

    This is my kind of grilled cheese! Wish I had this for lunch!

  29. 29

    I seriously need this in my life!

  30. 30

    This has my name all over it! Dinner here I come!

  31. 31

    wow love a good grilled cheese!!

  32. 32

    What a fun contest to judge!!!!! Love the sammie

  33. 33

    This is like all of my dreams coming true at once.


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