Fancy BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

A fancy BLT grilled cheese sandwiches. This is a fun twist on a traditional BLT. Griddled until golden and gooey with Fontina cheese!

I almost hit you with another mile long recipe title.

So I decided to save you about three whole minutes by swapping  out – ‘sundried tomato pesto, peppered bacon, spinach, Fontina cheese and honey roasted garlic mayo’ for the word “fancy”.

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As my final sammie for Grilled Cheese Month, the Sun-dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto has asked me to create one ooey gooey sandwich featuring, you guessed it cheese. Wellllll of course I picked my favorite cow’s milk cheese to slap in between bread and grill: Fontina.

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I wanted to take a classic sandwich [the BLT] and fancify it by using sundried tomato pesto, peppered slab bacon, baby spinach [instead of regular iceberg] and I also whipped up a killer honey roasted garlic mayo to bring it all home.  Oh yeah and I sandwiched it all between thick slices of sourdough bread, baby.

As if you need another post dedicated to showing you how to build a grilled cheese, I know. However, I cannot resist. Plus, who doesn’t love watching food being made?

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So sundried tomato pesto is pretty magical. It’s great tossed with hot pasta, on toasted slices of baguette and now… grilled cheese sammiches.

I whipped up my sundried tomato walnut pesto that I made almost two years ago. I didn’t have any fresh basil so I skipped it this time. Still  it’s pretty amazing.

And then I grated up 6 ounces of Fontina cheese. The more the merrier, right?

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The mayo. Ohhhh this mayo. Honey roasted garlic is pretty simple and pretty flipping amazing. I first saw it on Amy Thielen’s show Heartland Table on Food Network and I pretty much have been obsessing about it ever since.

Basically you place two heads of garlic [top third of the garlic head lobbed off] into an oven safe dish, drizzle them with about a tablespoon of honey each, cover with foil and roast in your preheated 375° oven for about 45 minutes. Remove the garlic from the oven, use tongs to remove the roasted heads of garlic to a clean bowl to cool. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze out those little jewels of goodness right into a bowl. Cool completely before mixing with a half cup of mayo.

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I bought a big, fat loaf of sour dough and sliced them extra thick.

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Then I slathered one side of each slice of bread with butter…

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… topped two of the un-buttered sides of bread with a tablespoon or so of the sundried tomato pesto.

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Top with a little Fontina…

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…A handful of baby spinach…

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… stack up the crispy, thick slices of peppered bacon… about 4 or 5 of those bad boys. Oh, per sandwich. Yes.

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More Fontina…

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Then griddle until golden and glorious. Buttered bread meet griddle, it’s a beautiful thing. I used a domed lid to cover the sandwich and help speed up the cheese melting process.

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I normally don’t recommend this, but one whole sandwich can be a shared among two people. Of course you don’t have to listen to me. I mean it’s not like I shared this with anyone. But it is one mamma-jamma of a sandwich that you may need to unhinge your jaw for it. Just sayin’.

Fancy BLT grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite!

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Hello there, gorgeous. Carb-coma here I come.

Enjoy! And if you give these Fancy BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwiches a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 2 sandwiches (2-4 servings, depending)

Fancy BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

A fancy twist on a BLT. Griddled until golden and gooey with Fontina cheese.
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons Sun-dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto
  • 6 ounces grated fontina cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach
  • 10 slices thick-cut peppered bacon, cooked until crispy
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (homemade or store bought)

Instructions

FOR THE MAYO:

  1. Slice off the top third of both heads of garlic. Place the garlic into an oven-safe baking dish and drizzle with honey. Cover tightly with foil and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Remove the garlic using tongs and let cool. Once safe to handle, squeeze the garlic cloves into a bowl and cool completely. Add a halve cup of mayo to the honey roasted garlic and mix, breaking up the roasted garlic cloves. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Preheat griddle to 350°.
  3. Butter one side of each of the slices of sourdough bread. On the un-buttered side smear a tablespoon on each sandwich half. Top both with a little grated Fontina, spinach, peppered bacon and more grated cheese. Top with the remaining slices of sourdough, butter-side-up and griddle until golden. Cover with a domed lid or tented foil to speed up the melting process.
  4. Slice in halve and serve.

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12 Responses to “Fancy BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”

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    Cheryl — April 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Looks FABULOUS!!!!! (is it lunch yet? sadly not here in Ky)

    Your photos are outstanding by the way…I check your site daily…first PW then you lol

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    David | From Ballparks to BBQ — April 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

    This looks fantastic!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Unhinging jaw now in preparation for eating this fancy sandwich. SO YUM.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    You made all the right moves with this sammie. Each element looks amazing, but slap it all together, and you have yourself an epic masterpiece. Love this!

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    Meredith — April 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Amazingly delicious!

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — April 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I love the fact you mamma jamma! I always say that 🙂 Beautiful sandwich – I want that bacon right now!!

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    cheri — April 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    What a showstopper! Great combination of ingredients.

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    Rebecca {foodie with family} — April 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I would gladly unhinge my jaw for this sandwich.

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    1Teresa — November 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    The recipe sounds great except one thing, I heard no mention of the T in this sandwich, referring to tomatoes, lol.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 10th, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

      Oh it’s the sun-dried tomato pesto! 🙂

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    Adriana — August 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    It is delicious except for the honey. Don’t put it and it is indeed a very good sandwich.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:06 am

      I’m so glad Adriana 🙂

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