Greek Grilled Cheese
new twist on your favorite grilled cheese sandwich
I cannot think of a single person who doesn’t love grilled cheese. Of course, for most people, the grilled cheese sandwich is one of our first favorites as a kid. Just because we dipped it into our tomato soup, however, does not mean the grilled cheese sandwich is childish or pedestrian.
To the contrary, my friends. As you will taste, a healthy smear of mint pesto on a crusty baguette will have you enjoying refinement in a childlike way.
Enjoy two of these grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, or cut them in half for the perfect hot appetizer.
- Yield: 12-15 Individual Sandwiches
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cooking Time: 10 minutes
- 1 Cup Mint Pesto
- 1/2 Pound Kasseri Cheese
- 1 Baguette
- Spreadable Butter
1. Slice the baguette into ½ inch thick slices. Smear one side of each piece with butter. Slice the kasseri cheese into thick slices to fit the baguette slices.
2. Assemble the sandwiches smearing the inside of one slice with 1-2 tsp of the mint pesto and placing one piece inside to create the sandwich. Both outside pieces should be buttered.
3. In a large non-stick sauté pan, preheat to medium high heat. Sear one side of the sandwich until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side depending on how hot your pan got), flip and repeat.
4. Grill to order so the guests receive them warm.
- Kasseri cheese is the cheese used in make saganaki. It can be hard to find, so you can always substitute with a combo of monterey jack and crumbled feta — one for the creaminess and meltability, the other for the salty bite.
- If you don’t want to be in the kitchen during the party you can always grill all ahead of time and place them on a cookie sheet and leave them in your oven at 200 degrees to keep warm until service.