Grilled Pesto and Triple Cheese Sandwich

June 7, 2012

One of my all-time comfort food favorites is the grilled cheese sandwich. No surprise there. This is my second post on that heavy-sitting delicacy. One of the three cheeses here is my own, a homemade goat cheese. Cheese is easier to make than you’d think. You should check it out. The other cheeses are the cheddar and parmesan leftover from my Pinwheel Loaf. Let’s hope that one day I am making all my own cheeses. For now, one at a time. The whole wheat bread is also homemade and I’ll probably post the recipe here because the results are well worth it — depth of flavor and a nice crust.

Instead of using pine nuts in the pesto, which come most often from the far end of the world, I used sunflower seeds. They’re just as good, cheaper, and they grow closer to home. Use any herbs that are available; pesto is also good with parsley, chervil, and even chives.


Simple Pesto

• 1 cup fresh herbs of your choice
• 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
• 3-4 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil
• salt + ground black pepper

In a food processor, grind the nuts coarsely for crunchy pesto or finely for smooth. Add the herbs and half of the oil. Whizz until just blended, then add more oil to desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Grilled Pesto and Triple Cheese Sandwich

• 2 slices of bread
• couple slices of aged cheddar
• small handful parmesan, grated
• small handful goat cheese
• 2 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Butter each slice of bread. Put one slice in the pan, drizzle with pesto, then add the cheeses and drizzle again with pesto. Top with the other slice of bread, flip and grill until golden brown. Transfer the sandwich to a baking pan and put in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melting.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Ally June 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Nom nom nom, this is my kind of sandwich!


charlotte June 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I think heaven is going to be filled with endless grilled cheese. This one looks divine! (pun not intended, but I’ll take the credit!)


Bryan June 9, 2012 at 10:12 am



myfudo June 8, 2012 at 3:38 am

Grilled cheese sandwich is a favorite…I am sure the hubby and the little girl will love this too. I am surely be making this. Thanks!


Bryan June 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

Enjoy, I’m sure you guys will love it. 🙂


Jenny June 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

That looks like amazing comfort food! Yum!


LP @dishclips June 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

Delicious looking sandwich. Would do great with tomato soup.


Sue/the view from great island June 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Homemade bread AND homemade cheese? Wow, and grilled cheese is my favorite comfort food. I also just noticed your roast beef grilled cheese on the side bar…now I won’t be able to rest until I eat one of these.


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