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Grilled provolone & veggie basil sandwich

I got the idea from Martha Stewart to create "grown-up" grilled cheese sandwiches. Martha is right. Kids should not be the only ones enjoying this timeless sandwich.

My first attempt at adultifying the good old Grilled Cheese turned out fabulous, if I do say so. I could hardly stand to take the photos. I was dying to sink my teeth into its sandwich-y flesh! And once I did, it did not take long for me to shove the entire thing down my throat. Delicious, I'm telling you, delicious!

I have concocted many versions in my head of adult grilled cheese sandwiches that I plan to make in the future. For now, here is Trial #1.

Butter one side of a slice of swirl pumpernickel rye bread. Place it butter-side down on a skillet over medium-low heat.

Layer with:

1 slice provolone cheese

Tomato slices

Avocado slices

Fresh basil

1 slice provolone cheese

Another slice of swirl pumpernickel rye bread, butter-side up

When the cheese closest to the pan melts, carefully flip the sandwich over. When the other cheese slice melts, remove from heat. Cut sandwich in half and hopefully you don't feel compelled to take photos of everything you cook like I do because you will have the urge to eat this asap!

Soooooo delcious! 

Grilled Provolone and Veggie Basil Sandwich

One of my favorite grilled creations of all time!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Oct 26, 2010

Serves: 1

Total time: 10 min

Fruit and Spinach Smoothie


  • 2 slices swirl pumpernickel bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 tomato slices, patted dry
  • 2 avocado slices
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves
  1. Place the bread slices on a flat work surface. Spread 1 tablespoon of butter evenly over one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Warm a skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Layer the sandwich as follows: Slice of bread, butter side down, 1 slice cheese, tomatoes, avocados, 1 slice cheese and slice of bread, butter side up.
  3. Place sandwiche onto the hot skillet. Cook on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bottom layer of cheese begins to melt around the edges. Cut in half and serve!



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Reader Comments (9)

What a combination and stunning picture!!
Gonna try it for sure :)

12.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrishma

I'd just like to know, "pump"... do you mean pumpernickel? Did you buy that bread? I've never seen it in grocery stores where I live, but I just found a recipe, so maybe I'll try both at the same time. This sandwich looks delicious.

12.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrigitte

Yes, pumpernickel and I purchased it at the store. It would be fun to make, though! Let me know how it turns out.

12.3.2010 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

Looks and sounds delicious. I love provolone. Need to get some and give it a try.

Provolone also tastes great on a tuna melt, 1/2 bagel, tuna or tuna salad, top with cheese and broil until the cheese melts.

12.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary

I like the idea of grown up sandwiches! Pumpernickel bread makes it look more gourmet!

That's going to be lunch tomorrow. I love grown up grilled cheese! Have you checked out the Grilled Cheese Social? Wonderful combo you put together here. Thanks for sharing.

04.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrissyp

Try putting a little honey on a grilled cheese. My favorite adult grilled cheese is: havarti, mozzarella, tomato, avocado, and honey on sourdough.

06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I used Dave's Killer Bread, and no basil, but this version was very satisfying...

02.28.2015 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Voss

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Terry! I love this sandwich! Even without the basil..

02.28.2015 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

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