These Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are layered with salami, provolone and mozzarella…and they make for one epic sandwich on a chilly winter day!
What do you guys eat for lunches on the weekends? For us, it’s usually just something simple like pita chips and hummus or crackers and cheese. Sometimes we’ll do a sandwich if we happen to have good bread around. (On a side note, I made a batch of Jalapeno Cheddar Bread recently. Talk about epic sandwiches!) In the winter, grilled cheese sandwiches are one of our go-to Saturday lunches. Melty cheese, perfectly buttered bread…you can’t go wrong there!
But last weekend, Laura had a most ingenious idea. Lunches are often a good way to eat some of the random leftover ingredients we have in the fridge. We had some leftover pizza sauce from a recent round of margherita pizzas. I was actually about to freeze the sauce when Laura told me to hold off. She suggested that pizza sauce on a grilled cheese sandwich might be pretty tasty. But then we took it one step further and added some sliced salami.
You see, Laura comes from a big Italian family. That means she loves Italian food. (I’m not complaining about that one!) So when we were in Sam’s Club recently, Laura spotted the industrial-sized pack of sliced salami. Needless to say, that salami ended up in our cart…along with a pack of sliced mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Fortunately, we had leftovers of both the cheeses and the salami…add in a spoonful of that pizza sauce, and we had these delicious Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches ready to go.
For us, the key to a good grilled cheese sandwich is low and slow. Build the sandwich and include plenty of melty cheese. Then just let it cook in the skillet over medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes per side. Oh, and how can I forget the herbed crust? After buttering the bread, we like to sprinkle a bit of Italian seasonings and a pinch of salt on top. As the Italian Grilled Cheese cooks, you end up with one epic outside of the sandwich…and that’s not even including the salami and cheese inside!
Laura whipped up these Italian Grilled Cheese sandwiches as I sat and watched Robbie crawl around the floor. That kid loves a good dog toy. Never mind the fact that he has a zillion baby toys scattered around the floor…he’s got an eagle eye for the dog toy on the other side of the room! So one of us is always on baby duty to make sure Robbie doesn’t actually start chewing on the dog bone. He totally would if he could! Enjoy these Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches…we certainly did!
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- 4 large slices rustic bread
- ½ Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp Italian seasonings
- ¼ tsp coarse salt
- 2 slices mozzarella cheese
- 10 slices salami
- 2-3 Tbsp pizza sauce homemade or store-bought
- 2 slices Provolone cheese
- Begin by buttering the tops of all 4 pieces of bread. Sprinkle Italian seasonings and coarse salt on top of buttered bread.
- Flip over 2 pieces of bread and top with mozzarella cheese. Add salami, pizza sauce and Provolone cheese. Top with remaining slice of bread.
- Toast sandwiches in a large skillet over medium-low heat for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway.