Remember those Roasted Tomatoes from last week?
You’d think it would be a safe assumption that the idea for this glorious Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwich was born out of those tomatoes. But no, it was the other way around.
I should back up even further, because the idea for this sandwich was actually hatched a few weeks ago when I stopped at a local grilled cheese shop for lunch. The sandwich I ordered bears no resemblance to this cheesy delight, though they’re both quite exceptional. The inspiration came from the menu option to add roasted tomatoes to any sandwich. I was captivated by the thought of roasted tomatoes! Yet, for some inexplicable reason I failed to add them to my sandwich that day. Major regret.
It’s safe to say I’ve more than made up for that misstep.
This sandwich combines everything you love about BLT’s and grilled cheese, and then takes it to a whole new, drool-worthy level.
The tomatoes are roasted, the crispy, bland lettuce is replaced with spicy arugula and a few slices of salty, delicious proscuitto are involved. And, of course, cheese. There’s lots of cheese! The sandwich is loaded with Gouda….it’s mild and far from overpowering, so all the ingredients have their time to shine.
I have a few suggestions for this special sandwich. First, sourdough or fresh, hearty country loaf is always my bread of choice for grilled cheese. You can stick with this, or use your favorite bread….you choose.
I also recommend roasting the tomatoes ahead of time. Otherwise, it’s kind of a long wait while they roast and there’s a good chance you may inhale all the cheese in a fit of impatience. Just throwing a hypothetical scenario out there. Not saying this actually happened to anyone I know.
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