Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

by Kelli on March 26, 2014

Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

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.

Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

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.

Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

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.

Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

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.

Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

Grown Up BLT Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 slices proscuitto
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 6 roasted tomato halves
  • 1 1/2 cups Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • butter
  • crackled black pepper

Instructions

Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place a slice of bread butter-side down in a large non-stick skillet, over low-medium heat. Top the bread with a layer of shredded cheese, add proscuitto, arugula and roasted tomatoes, and another layer of cheese. Top with the remaining slice of break.

Cook until the bottom piece of bread is golden, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula (preferable a fish spatula) to carefully flip the sandwich over. Cook until the other slice of bread is golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Remove the sandwich from the pan. Slice in half and enjoy immediately.

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Enjoy!

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor March 26, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I am all for grilled cheese sandwiches, especially when they involve gouda and roasted tomatoes. I have to admit that I don’t make grilled cheese too often, but I definitely need to remedy that now and make this one for lunch!

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Kelli March 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I think it’s time for a new 2014 resolution…more grilled cheese sandwiches :)

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Ali @ Inspiralized March 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I’m always in the mood for a grilled cheese, but it seems silly to just make cheese and bread, but this is perfect! Satisfying and filled with yummy veggies and meats. Can’t wait to try this!

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments March 26, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Mmmm. I love grilled cheese. Just made one yesterday because the craving was too intense. This looks amazingly good. :)
Happy Wednesday!

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Kelli March 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Grilled cheese is the best!! Thanks, Melanie!!

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Kathy @ Olives & Garlic March 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I just love how beautiful these pictures are, so appetizing they’re making me drool. I can taste the saltiness of prosciutto, with peppery arugula and creamy Gouda. Ohhhhhhhhh. :)

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Kelli March 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Thanks so much, Kathy!!

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Julie @ Table for Two March 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Everything in this grilled cheese looks SO good!! I want this for lunch!

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Kelli March 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

What’s not to love about grilled cheese?! Thanks, Julie :)

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Taylor @ greens & chocolate March 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I can’t wait until tomatoes are in season so I can start roasting the heck out of them! These BLT’s look so stinkin’ good!

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Kelli March 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Thanks, Taylor!! Here’s the best part about roasted tomatoes….they totally don’t have to be in season! I used typical no-flavor-winter tomatoes, but as they roast the flavors concentrate and totally transform.

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Amy | Club Narwhal March 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Kelli, this looks absolutely gorgeous! There is nothing that makes me happier than a toasted sandwich stuffed with cheese–add roasted tomatoes and bacon and I just might be in grilled cheese paradise :)

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Kelli March 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I’m totally with you….grilled cheese = totally happiness! Thanks, Amy!

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Camille March 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

What a great idea. I’m looking forward to roasting my own tomatoes and trying this!

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Kelli March 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thank you, Camille! Enjoy!!

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Lea @GourmetMommy March 27, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Yum, sounds so good! FYI, I tried to add your blog to my feedly, and the RSS link is coming up with an error.

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Kelli March 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Thanks, Lea! And, thanks so much for the heads up on the RSS link not working, I really appreciate it. I’ll get it straightened out!!

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Joanne March 27, 2014 at 6:46 AM

I haven’t had a BLT in AGES, but I can tell you that this grown up version floats my boat much more than out-of-season beefsteak tomato slices and wilty blah lettuce! So much more flavor in yours.

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Kelli March 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

It’s high time to from the BLT back into action, girl!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) March 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Yep, we have the same brain, except I didn’t slow roast the tomatoes (which sounds so much better!!!!). Love that first picture Kelli!

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Kelli March 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

High five for being on the same BLT wavelength this week :)

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