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”. Ha!  You’re welcome. 😉

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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… zee 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 reg-o lettuce 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 {(nooo, that long?). 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 a 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… yeah, baby.

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

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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… 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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Fancy BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

A fancy twist on a BLT. Griddled until golden and gooey with Fontina cheese.

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

Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10-14 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes approximately

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)

I have an ongoing relationship with UDIM {United Dairy Industry of Michigan} and while this post was sponsored by those fine folks, all opinions are my own and I LOVE CHEESE. Amen.

Directions:

FOR THE MAYO: 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.

Preheat griddle to 350 degrees.

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.

Slice in halve and serve.

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10 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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