Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! Italian sub, meet your friend, grilled cheese! This is a gooey match made in heaven: three kinds of Italian deli meat, provolone, and buttery toasted bread.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches


For the DAD ADD: Olive and Cauliflower Giardiniera

  • 1 cup hot pickled cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green olives (Castelvetrano), chopped
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers

For the sandwiches:

  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 ounces Genoa salami
  • 4 ounces prosciutto
  • 2 ounces pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons butter


1 Make the Dad Add (optional): Chop the ingredients to roughly the same size, and stir them together in a bowl. Done!

Italian grilled cheese recipe make the dad add

2 Prepare the sandwiches: Add a slice of provolone to a piece of bread. Top with a layer of salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni. Divide the meat evenly among the four sandwiches.

Top meat with a handful of fresh basil leaves and a second piece of provolone cheese. Add second piece of bread and press down slightly to keep the sandwich together.

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3 Grill that cheese: Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once warm, add about 1/2 tablespoon of butter per sandwich you are cooking. Usually, I cook two at a time. When the butter has melted, add the sandwich and coat the bread with the melted butter, then flip and coat the second side as well.

Let sandwiches cook over medium-low heat for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, making sure they don’t get too browned. After about 6 to 8 minutes total, the cheese in the sandwich should be well melted and the bread toasted. Done!

Repeat the process for the last two sandwiches. I like to serve the first two to kids while I make the last two for adults, but you can also keep the first two warm in a 200°F oven while you make the last two.

How to make Grilled Cheese grill that cheese

4 Serve! Serve sandwiches with chips, salad, steamed veggies, and/or giardiniera.