Did you know that Saturday April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? To be honest, I didn’t either until this past Tuesday at work when a colleague informed me of this and asked for a grilled cheese recipe.
I did not have a grilled cheese recipe of my own so Tuesday night’s goal became to create a grilled cheese sandwich that would pair well with a glass of wine. What’s great about grilled cheese sandwiches is that you can create so many different flavor combinations.
What we ended up with was a grilled cheese sandwich made of sharp cheddar cheese, white button mushrooms, sliced tomato, Prosciutto, and arugula. A grilled cheese worthy of a delicious glass of wine.
Pair this grilled cheese with a full bodied California Chardonnay, a dry rose’, or a lighter bodied red wine like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.
- 8 ounces thinly sliced white button mushrooms
- 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices bread (white, wheat, sourdough, or whatever bread you like)
- 2 slices prosciutto
- 2 slices tomato
- Butter, 2 tablespoons plus as needed for bread
- Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
- Salt and pepper as needed
- In a medium sized sauté pan over medium heat add the butter and olive oil. When butter has melted add the mushrooms and sauté until soft, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- To build your sandwich layout four slices of bread and place a slice of cheddar cheese on each one. Next, take two slices of prosciutto and place on top of two of the cheese slices. Now put a layer of the sautéed mushrooms on top of the prosciutto slices (just enough mushrooms to cover the prosciutto, you may have some leftover). On top of the sautéed mushrooms place one tomato slice for each sandwich followed by a layer of arugula. Now top the sandwich with the other piece of cheese layered bread cheese side down. Spread a layer of butter on both sides of the sandwich.
- Over medium heat in a large sauté pan place both sandwiches down in the pan and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, use a spatula to press down on the sandwich. When the bottom layer of cheese has melted and the bread is nicely toasted on the bottom flip the sandwiches over and cook an additional 5 to 6 minutes. When the cheese has melted on that side and the bread is toasted remove the sandwiches from the pan. Cut the grilled cheese sandwiches in half and serve hot.