Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
- 8 slices whole wheat bread
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 8 thin slices Swiss, Muenster, Colby or Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup basil pesto
Place half of the slices, buttered side down, on work surface. Top each with a slice of cheese, a tablespoon of pesto, then another slice of cheese. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side up.
Place sandwiches on heavy-duty jelly roll pan. Bake for 4 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven. Immediately turn the oven up to 450 degrees F. Carefully turn the sandwiches using a large spatula.
Bake for another 3-4 minutes, watching carefully, until bread is toasted and crisp and cheese is melted. The first time you flip these sandwiches, they won't look done at all - the bread will be only slightly brown. But when the sandwiches are done, they will be beautifully crisp and brown on both sides. Serve immediately. Serves 4
You can, of course, omit the pesto for a pure grilled cheese sandwich experience. Still use the two slices of cheese instead of one thick piece - I find that melts better.