Grilled Provolone & Veggie Basil Sandwich Recipe

A more "grown-up" version of the classic grilled cheese!

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 such as BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese or Turkey Veggie Grilled Cheese with Sprouts, but this will always be my #1, my very first big kids grilled cheese!

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

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Serves: 1

Total time: 10 min



  • 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 sandwich 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!