The Ultimate Grilled Cheese


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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

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    From Gouda to Cheddar, homemade pickled red onions, and a crispy Parmesan-encrusted exterior... There's a reason we called the ultimate grilled cheese. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    Pickled Red Onions
    1 red onion, thinly sliced
    2 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
    1 tbsp. Gustare Vita red wine vinegar
    ¼ tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
    Hy-Vee salt
    Hy-Vee ground black pepper
    Grilled Cheese
    ¼ c. Pickled Red Onions
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee mayonnaise
    1 ½ tsp. Gustare Vita pesto
    3 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, softened
    4 (3/4-inch-thick) slices Hy-Vee Bakery garlic sourdough bread, 2-1/2 oz. each
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee finely shredded Parmesan cheese
    ⅔ c. Hy-Vee shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
    4 (1-oz. each) slices Gouda cheese, divided
    6 slice(s) hot sopressata salami, (1/2-oz. each), divided
    4 slice(s) tomato, divided
    ½ c. arugula, divided

    Things To Grab

    • 2 small bowls
    • Nonstick skillet
    • Large heavy lid


    1. Prepare Pickled Red Onion: Combine red onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and oregano leaves in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and let stand for 2 hours. Drain. Refrigerate up to 1 week. Makes 1 cup.

    2. Combine mayo and pest; set aside. Spread butter on bread. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on butter; gently press into bread.

    3. Layer 3 tablespoons Cheddar cheese, 1 slice Guda, half of pesto mixture, 3 slices salami, 2 tomato slices, 1/4 cup arugula, 2 tablespoons Pickled Red Onions, 2-1/2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese, and 1 slice Gouda between 2 bread slices with buttered sides on outside. 

    4. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Place sandwich in skillet; weigh it down with a heavy lid. Grill 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until toasted and cheese is melted. Repeat for remaining sandwiches. 

    Nutrition facts


    500 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 36g
    • Cholesterol: 95mg
    • Sodium: 1090mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
    • Protein: 21g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 30%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%