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Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  Unsalted butter, softened and at room temperature
4 slices country-style white sourdough bread, cut on diagonal into 1/3-inch-thick slices
4 thin slices prosciutto
8 large fresh basil leaves
8 (1/4-inch thick) slices young Asiago cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large heirloom or slicing tomato

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Slice tomato into 6 slices (each slice should be about 1/3-inch thick). Set aside.

3. Lightly butter one side of each bread slice.

4. Place 2 bread slices, buttered side down, on work surface. Top each with 2 slices of prosciutto, then 4 basil leaves, then 4 cheese slices. Sprinkle with salt and crushed red pepper. Top each with one remaining bread slice, buttered side up.

5. Heat heavy large ovenproof skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and heat for a minute or two. Place sandwiches in skillet and cook until golden on bottom, about 4 minutes.

6. Turn sandwiches over. Remove skillet from burner and place in oven. Bake about 5 minutes. Sandwich should be golden brown and cheese melted.

7. Remove skillet from oven. Carefully lift top bread slice of each sandwich and insert 3 tomato slices. Lightly press top bread slice and serve. Makes 2 sandwiches.

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