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Crispy Prosciutto, Sage Pesto, and Tomato Grilled Cheese…all the flavors we love in a bowl of really good tomato soup…but in the form of grilled cheese. Summer tomatoes and crispy prosciutto layered between two slices of bread with fresh sage, basil pesto, melty fontina, and mozzarella cheese. This sandwich is coated in parmesan sage butter, then pan-fried until the cheese is melty and the bread is crisp. It’s savory, herby, and heavy on the cheese…the most perfect summer grilled cheese…any day of the week.
We’ve got Monday grilled cheese sandwiches to keep things easy, casual, and delicious…plus comforting too. I mentioned this yesterday, but our weather has shifted and there is most definitely a slight chill in the air.
I’m not ready for fall food just yet. But I’m starting to lean into the cozier end-of-summer recipes…which are always some of my favorites.
This grilled cheese is just that…summery, but comforting. I’ve told this story before, but as a kid, my grilled cheese sandwiches consisted of whatever bread we had laying around the kitchen, plus cheese, and butter. Three ingredients that can do no wrong. My dad would make my brothers and me grilled cheese on nights when he didn’t have much else in the kitchen. He was always heavy on the sharp cheddar. He made them extra buttery on soft whole wheat bread.
Nothing special, but always delicious.
The idea for today’s grilled cheese came from the garden. We have so much fresh baby arugula right now and so many herbs it’s insane. I really wanted to work the arugula into a recipe along with some warming sage. A grilled cheese sounded just too perfect.
Start out by seasoning the tomatoes. Find some delicious ones, preferably heirloom, and then salt them. This helps to draw out any excess moisture the tomatoes may have. This step is key and ensures that your grilled cheese sandwich will never become soggy.
While the tomatoes are sitting, crisp up the prosciutto in a skillet. You could skip this step, but we LOVE salty, crispy prosciutto…so delicious!
When you have the tomatoes salted and the prosciutto crisp, it’s assemble time.
Mix the butter with grated parmesan and fresh sage, then slather it over the bread. Trust me, you can’t skip this. It makes each grilled cheese feel extra special.
Now layer up the sandwiches with fontina cheese, tomatoes, pesto, arugula, and prosciutto, then add a handful of melty mozzarella.
Next, simply pan fry the sandwich with olive oil or even just another pat of butter.
Five minutes later you’ll have the best summery grilled cheese. The cheese on the inside becomes that melty goodness we love so much. While the outside of the bread becomes crisp from the parmesan, which is literally pan-fried into the bread.
So so delicious, and even kind of pretty too!
It’s the crispy prosciutto, sage, spicy arugula, and pesto that really work so well together. And that tomato, well it just makes things even more delicious.
Make this tonight as an easy summer dinner, but keep it in your back-pocket for busy nights throughout the fall.
Looking for other grilled cheese recipes? Here are a few ideas:
French Onion and Apple Grilled Cheese
Everything Cheddar Tomato Bacon Grilled Cheese
Lastly, if you make this Crispy Prosciutto, Sage Pesto, and Tomato Grilled Cheese, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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This was SO good! We loved it! I will be making this over and over again. Now to try the Everything cheddar tomato bacon grilled cheese! Can’t wait!
Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner! xT
Absolutely delicious! A huge hit with my entire family. It helps to use two spatulas when flipping the sandwich so all the wonderful ingredients stay inside.
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT
Loved the recipe — it’s definitely a keeper —
Awesome!!🌼 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try! xT
Made it today for a late lunch. DELICIOUS! I might go lighter on the pesto next time, but add extra crispy prosciutto! Thank you for the wonderful recipes!!!
Happy Friday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it was delish! xx
Great blend of flavors. I thought the use of arugula was odd, but it worked well.
Happy Sunday!!❄️ I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it out and sharing your feedback! xx
So good! Delicious melding of flavors. My family loved it.
And… I did not need to add butter or oil to the skillet. Buttering the bread provided plenty of butter for grilling.
Awesome, thanks again!
Awesome!! So glad to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! xT
First I want to say how yummy this sandwich turned out. I did have to substitute a couple of ingredients to what I had on hand. I used spinach instead of the arugula and bacon instead of the prosciutto. I also added a little bit of shredded rotisserie chicken to make it substantial enough for dinner (per hubby’s request). Now, that being said, the sandwich was very greasy from the butter, the pesto, and the oil used for cooking. The extra oil/butter is unnecessary for cooking due to the compound butter spread already on the sandwich. I will definitely make again with a little less pesto and will definitely not use any oil/butter in the pan.
I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great day:)
Another great way to make “Crispy Prochutto” is like this:
400 degree oven
On cookie sheet w/grid cooling rack on top, Lay all your Prochutto in a single layer on top of grid.
Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
Thanks for sharing Ashley!!