The Fanciest Grilled Cheese Ever

The Fanciest Grilled Cheese Ever

I’ve mentioned before that I will never turn down free cheese. There’s just nothing better than a good piece of cheese and a glass of wine or beer. But since April is apparently Grilled Cheese Month, ailment I thought there’d be no better way to showcase the Saint Andre cheese that Ile de France sent me, health than with the fanciest grilled cheese sandwich around.

It may be really frou-frou, but this grilled cheese is really, really good. I got a huge hunk of Saint Andre in the mail this week, which tastes like a strong, creamy brie. I piled it onto a ciabatta roll with Capicolla (a cured meat that’s similar to prosciutto) and cornichons (fancy French gherkins). A quick press in my grill pan, and out came the perfect Sunday afternoon bite.

The cheese is creamy and melty, the meat is salty and super flavorful and the cornichons add some crunch and contrast. Seriously, this is the best fancy grilled cheese ever. If you’re feeling decadent, then this is the sandwich for you. If you’re feeling only a little bit fancy, recreate this with brie, prosciutto and sweet gherkins. Either way, it’s a great start to Grilled Cheese Month (and any other month as far as I’m concerned).

The Fanciest Grilled Cheese Ever
2 ciabatta rolls
3 oz. Saint Andre cheese (I got mine from Ile de France)
8 slices Capicolla
10 cornichons (or sweet gherkins), sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil

Special equipment: a panini press or two large skillets

If you don’t have a panini press, as I don’t, I’m sure you find it hard to get a nice, melty center and crisp exterior. The best way to do this is to have heat on both sides. I use a grill pan and a skillet (plus a heavy dutch oven as a weight).

Start by heating both pans over medium heat. You want them hot, but not too hot that they’ll burn the bread, so let them warm up for at least 10 minutes before you use them.

While they’re heating, prep your sandwiches. Halve the ciabatta rolls, add a few slices Capicolla, a big slice of cheese and sliced cornichons. Top with the top sliced of bread and you’re ready for the press.

Brush a little olive oil into the pan, then add your sandwiches. Brush each sandwich top with a little more olive oil, then place the other skillet on top (bottom-side down). If you have a heavy sauce pan or small dutch oven, put it on top of the top skillet to weigh it down.

Cook for about 7 – 8 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and the bread is nice and crisp. Halve diagonally and serve immediately.

Makes 2 sandwiches.


  1. How is it that of late you’ve been getting so many freebies?

  2. Liz – No idea…Total coincidence. I hadn’t gotten anything since the fall, then all of a sudden, cheese and pomegranate juice! That’ll be it for awhile I’m sure :)

  3. Stephen K. says:

    I bow before the awesome might of this sandwich.

    Do want.

  4. wow this looks amazing, love the grill marks!

  5. Big ups to the cornichons. They make any sandwich sing.

  6. mmm nice :) We’re huge fans of St Andre

  7. Ha! Thanks everyone :)

    Duo – Yes, cornichons are the best!

  8. Yum! Saint Andre cheese is my favorite, but I was sold at cornichons.

  9. I don`t get it – these are food basics, not art. Is everything you US citizens accidently cook up by yourself a piece of art?

    Count me in on a special unboxing event of a bag of your average tortillas.. totally special.

  10. I swear I’ve never met a grilled cheese I couldn’t love. Or just any cheese,on anything, period. This looks wonderful.

  11. Looks fabulous! My sisters and I got onto the St. Andre cheese a couple years ago. It is soooo creamy. A newer favorite.

  12. Hey Steve! You don’t get it because you’re NOT a US citizen. Just keep eating your tortillas!

  13. Yay for Grilled Cheese Month. We’ve decided to celebrate it big-time. This one looks delicious, love the cornichons!

  14. schmadrian says:

    Of course, as any devotée of grilled cheese knows, HP Sauce is an absolute requirement… : )

  15. Unless you are a condescending wanker I don’t see how one can call this something that was “accidentally” cooked up.

  16. Grilled cheese is my ultimate comfort food. This looks delicious!

  17. This is, indeed, a very fancy grilled cheese sandwich – I love it!

  18. Oh yes – this is some good looking grilled cheese!

  19. Wow, that is totally the fanciest grilled cheese ever! It looks SO delicious. Yum!

  20. Aaron Garcia says:

    Hahahaha, I found your site.
    This sandwich looks extremely delicious, meaning you should make it for me.
    I’ll love you more than I already do.

  21. Thanks everyone!

    Aaron – No Grilled Cheese for you!

  22. Congrats on winning Best Evening Gown. Looks fantastic!

    Love the name of your blog. :)

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