Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes


Some nights you want to make something simple for dinner that doesn’t take much thought. Tonight was that night for me … however, I did put thought into it – I’d planned on making grilled cheese since Saturday when I did my grocery shopping.

I wanted my grilled cheese to have a Pecorino/Romano crust on the outside and for the cheese inside, I chose Fontina and Havarti. I sliced a beautiful heirloom tomato I found at our local market … I couldn’t pass it up, and placed that between the slices of Fontina and Havarti so that the cheese would melt around it. I chose to use my panini press to make my sandwich, but a pan on your cooktop would work just fine.


(Just look at this beauty)

I buttered the outside of my sourdough bread before sprinkling each half of the bread with a tablespoon of grated Pecorino Romano cheese mixture.


Where Dennis chooses to have a side of potato chips with his grilled cheese, I choose to have a simple arugula salad with nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of kosher salt and a sprinkling of pepper. I did decide to place my salad on top of each half of the sandwich and eat it with a fork and knife … a sort of grilled cheese salad, if you will.



  • 2 slices good sourdough
  • 2 slices heirloom tomato
  • 1 slice Havarti (or more if you like)
  • 1 slice Fontina cheese (or more if you like)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Roman Cheese (or parmesan would be fine)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Melt butter
  2. Heat panini press.
  3. Brush butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Sprinkle grated Pecorino Romano cheese over butter.
  5. Lay first slice down on bottom of panini press.
  6. Lay one slice of cheese on the bread.
  7. Place two tomato slices on top of the cheese.
  8. Lay the second slice of cheese on top of the tomatoes.
  9. Place your second slice of bread on top of the sandwich and sprinkle the second tablespoon of grated cheese on the top.
  10. Close the panini press and let it do it’s magic. (There is a light to signal when your sandwich is done.)


Until next time, Kris




Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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