This Italian BLT Grilled Cheese is made with prosciutto, arugula, tomato, and slathered with a homemade herb butter. YUM! This is the perfect summer sandwich and loaded with a ton of garden-fresh flavor. Serve with a light side like my Summer Fruit Salad or Cucumber Avocado Salad to complete the meal!
The BEST Italian BLT Grilled Cheese
This is not your typical grilled cheese sandwich or your typical BLT. It is an awesome combination of the two. To top it off, it’s loaded with a bunch of Italian flavors, juicy tomato slices and fresh basil.
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 for 10-12 minutes to get it nice and crispy. Next, I added arugula for a peppery bite and the basil and parsley in our herb butter to compliment the tomatoes. Then, I used both swiss and cheddar to give the sandwich thick creamy gooey layers of cheese.
Lastly, I topped the sandwich off with a slather of herb butter on both sides of the bread. 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.
I know some of you may 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, and it makes this dish, giving you a perfect introduction of the sandwich’s flavors with each bite.
- Whole Grain Bread: 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.
- Cheese: I liked the combination of swiss cheese and cheddar cheese for this recipe, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Opt for white cheese over yellow, if possible.
- Tomato: I love using fresh, juicy tomatoes from the garden. Ay variety will work, but heirlooms would be especially pretty. Make sure to salt and pepper them before adding to the sandwich.
- Arugula: This is the lettuce component of the BLT grilled cheese. I like arugula because it’s delicate and peppery, but you can use any greens you like. Spinach would also be good.
- Prosciutto: This is the bacon for this Italian BLT. It’s perfect because it’s super crispy, salty, and smokey; but you can use any bacon you like.
How To Make an Italian BLT Grilled Cheese
Start by heating a skillet on medium heat. Butter each side of bread with a generous tablespoon of the herb butter. Top with both cheeses, tomato, arugula and prosciutto. Cook flipping halfway through, about 2 minutes on each side. If your pan starts to smoke, turn the heat down.
How To Make Herb Butter
- Ingredients: 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of black pepper.
- Simply combine softened butter (not melted) with chopped parsley, basil, salt and pepper. (You can always make extra to have on hand.)
- For this Italian BLT Grilled Cheese recipe, we will leave the herb butter softened until we are ready to make our sandwiches so that it spreads easily on the bread.
- 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, or you can freeze it for up to 6 months.
- Make it vegetarian by omitting the prosciutto or substituting for a meaty, smokey veggie like grilled mushrooms or homemade carrot “bacon.”
- Swap the prosciutto for regular bacon or even turkey bacon.
- Add some different cheeses, like goat cheese for tang, fresh mozzarella for a good cheese pull, or parmesan for some nuttiness.
More delicious Sandwich Recipes To Try!
- Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich
- Asian Sloppy Joes
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwiches
- Easy Grilled Vegetable Panini
Italian BLT Grilled Cheese
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
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon basil chopped
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
Italian BLT Grilled Cheese
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!