Italian BLT Grilled Cheese

Italian BLT Grilled Cheese made with prosciutto, arugula, tomato and slathered with a homemade herb butter.

Italian BLT

This is not your typical grilled cheese sandwich or your typical BLT. It is an awesome combination of the two and to top it off is loaded with a bunch of Italian flavors and herbs.

For this sandwich I decided to swap the bacon for prosciutto for an Italian twist. If you have never had prosciutto before you must give it a try. Prosciutto is salty and typically sliced paper thin. Prosciutto is made of pork and is cured just like bacon. The only difference between the two is that bacon is also smoked after the curing process.

I baked the prosciutto to get it nice and crispy. I added arugula for a peppery bite and the basil and parsley in our herb butter to compliment the tomatoes. I also used both swiss and cheddar to give the sandwich thick creamy gooey layers of cheese. 

Italian Grilled Cheese

I topped the sandwich off with a slather of herb butter on both sides of the bread. I know some of you may look at this and think you can get away with skipping this step and just use regular butter. Don’t! Herb butter is easier to make than you think.

To make the herb butter simply combine softened butter (not melted) with chopped parsley, basil, salt and pepper. You can always make extra to have on hand. For this recipe we will leave the herb butter softened until we are ready to make our sandwiches. To save for later use place the butter on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up and shape into a tight log. Make sure to keep the wrap tight and to seal the ends. After it hardens in the fridge (couple hours) you can take it out and use a knife to cut off slabs of butter as needed. The herb butter will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

BLT Grilled Cheese

For the crispy baked prosciutto place in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. The prosciutto will crisp up as it cools. Make sure to get the prosciutto sliced paper thin.

Italian BLT Grilled Cheese

I was originally on the search for a whole wheat baguette but could not find what I was looking for at our local grocery store. I gave this multi-grain whole wheat bread a try and was very pleased. Any bread will substitute, baguette,  or regular sandwich bread will do.

This Italian BLT grilled cheese comes out crispy, oozing with cheese and speckled with herbs. A perfect sandwich to use up tomatoes and herbs from your garden.

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Italian BLT Grilled Cheese

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Serves: 2
Italian BLT Grilled Cheese made with prosciutto, arugula, tomato and slathered with homemade herb butter.

Ingredients

Italian BLT Grilled Cheese

  • 4 slices bread (I used multigrain and type of bread would work)
  • herb butter, recipe follows
  • 2 slices of swiss cheese
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • ½ cup arugula
  • 4 slices of prosciutto

Herb Butter

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

Instructions

Italian BLT Grilled Cheese

  1. To assemble the sandwich begin by heating a skillet on medium heat. Butter each side of bread with 1 tablespoon of the herb butter. Top with both cheeses, tomato, arugula and prosciutto. Cook flipping halfway through. Should take about 2 minutes on each side.

Crispy Prosciutto

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line Prosciutto on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook for about 10-12 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain grease. The Prosciutto will continue to crisp up as it cools.

Herb butter

  1. Combine butter, parsley and basil together until combine. (I used a fork to break up the butter.) Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Notes

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