The Fancy Nancy Grilled Cheese

“Fresh mozzarella and rich gorgonzola go perfectly with the flavors of pesto and bacon; the layers are finished with a balsamic reduction and sandwiched between crispy sourdough bread. Enjoy the grilled cheese as they are, or dip them into your favorite tomato soup.” – Andrea Chetakian

The Fancy Nancy Grilled Cheese


Parmesan Pesto:

Balsamic Reduction:

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Gorgonzola, Parmesan or Fresh Mozzarella can be used in this recipe.


Parmesan Pesto:

  1. Place basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt in food processor; cover and pulse until finely chopped. While processing, slowly drizzle in olive oil; cover and process until smooth. Add parmesan; cover and pulse until blended. Set aside.

Balsamic Reduction:

  1. Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in honey; simmer and stir until balsamic-honey mixture is reduced by half and slightly thickened. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:

  1. Spread 1 tablespoon reserved pesto on each bread slice. Layer four bread slices with mozzarella, bacon and gorgonzola. Drizzle each with balsamic reduction. Top with remaining bread slices, pesto side down. Spread outsides of sandwiches with mayonnaise, lightly pressing together.  Cover and refrigerate any remaining pesto; save for a different recipe.
  2. Toast one sandwich, covered, in a warm, large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until side is golden brown. Flip sandwich; cook, uncovered, 2-4 minutes longer or until bread is golden brown and cheeses are melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Recipe Tip

  • The sandwiches can be prepared without covering them during cooking; however, covering them will help the cheeses to melt.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Salemville® Amish Gorgonzola cheese is an artisanal blue-veined cheese that’s both creamy and crumbly. It's made in small batches; the cheese is popular for its quality and flavor.

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