Grilled Cheese Italiano

Looking for a classic dinner made with ham? Then check out this delicious grilled sandwich - perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

3
tablespoons butter, softened
8
slices whole-grain bread
8
oz fontina or Swiss cheese, shredded (2 cups)
8
thin slices prosciutto or ham
24
fresh basil leaves
8
slices (1/4 inch) ripe tomatoes (about 2 medium)
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 Heat griddle or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • 2 Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Layer unbuttered side of 4 of the bread slices with 1/4 cup of the cheese, 2 slices of the prosciutto, 6 of the basil leaves and 2 of the tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top each with 1/4 cup of the remaining cheese and remaining bread slice, buttered side up.
  • 3 In hot skillet, heat sandwiches 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted and bread is browned. Turn sandwiches over; heat 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and sandwich is golden brown.

Expert Tips

Fontina is a semi-soft Italian cheese that can be difficult to slice or shred. To make this task easier, place the cheese in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up before shredding or slicing.

When buying prosciutto, make sure it’s sliced ultra thin and layered between pieces of paper so that it doesn’t shred to pieces when you try to pull the slices apart.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
490
(
Calories from Fat
280),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
31%
(Saturated Fat
18g,
18%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
1100mg
1100%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.