Frankly, I don’t care if my lunch sandwiches at work have inexpensive deli meats and cheeses on them. Who has time to taste anything with a 20 minute lunch? However, when I am making dinner sandwiches or sandwich meals on weekends, I am a very picky customer, indeed. Give me a meat that has the taste and feel of a real meat! Cheeses need to be creamy and full of flavor. Grilling always makes the sandwich even more special. Here are recipes for grilled high-quality sandwiches. If your store doesn’t carry the suggested brands, use your favorites. For these sandwiches buy your favorite best quality meats and cheeses.
Grilled Deli Meat and Cheese Sandwich Recipes
Directions are given for a single sandwich:
Grilling Method and Suggestions:
My experience has taught me that the secret to grilling a perfect sandwich on top of the stove is to use a well-seasoned, heavy iron skillet. However, if you have a favorite grilling pan, feel free to use that. Using a heavy iron skillet, I like to grill my bread with some extra virgin olive oil. The amount of oil used varies depending on how much of the oil flavor that you want. Sometimes, I spread butter, either by itself, in place of the olive oil, or mixed with olive oil to grill the sandwich. Brush the oil or butter on the bread. If you are watching your oil intake, you may use a non-stick cooking spray. Just spray it evenly on the bread . There’s no need to soak it, but put a good coat of the spray on the bread.
Grilling a Sandwich with Cool Meat:
Place the bread with the oiled side down into a warm skillet. Cook on medium heat. Watch it carefully, this is not the time to multi-task! After the bread is grilled to your preferred brown color, take the bread slices or roll from the pan and lay them ungrilled side down on a plate. This helps the bread to keep its crunch. When the bread is cooled, top it with your favorite deli meat and add the second piece of bread to close the sandwich. To make a fancier version of these sandwiches, thinly slice cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and shred some lettuce. You can also add olives, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, or pepperoncini. Layer your choice of vegetables on the bottom slice of bread. Top with the meat, and add the second slice of bread.
Grilling a Sandwich with Warm Meat and Melted Cheese:
For grilled sandwiches with sliced meats and cheeses, choose your favorites and start layering! Have all of your ingredients beside the stove where you can reach them. Spread oil, butter, or spray the bread and lay it down in the warm skillet. Add your favorite sliced meats and cheeses. Make sure that you add the cheese, so that it next to the bread. This will help it melt better. Add the top slice of bread. If the sandwich is especially thick, I cover the pan while the first slice of bread is grilling. Then, I carefully flip the sandwich and finish grilling it uncovered. This gives me a warm sandwich throughout. If I want the meat to be cool, I grill both slices of bread with cheese on them, as if I was grilling bread for a salad-style-sandwich. After the bread is grilled, I add the cool meat.
Grilled Rare Roast Beef and Horseradish Cheese
Use 2 large slices of sourdough bread. Grill both slices separately in the pan using olive oil. Cover one slice with 1 ½ to 2 ounces of Hoffman’s Horseradish Cheese. After the cheese has melted and your grilled bread is the desired color, spread mayonnaise, mustard, or horseradish sauce onto the ungrilled side of the bread slice that does not have cheese on it. Add thinly sliced tomato and cover it with 2 ounces of DiLusso Rare Roast Beef. Close the sandwich with the slice of bread with melted cheese. The grilled sourdough will have a very satisfying crunchiness.
If you want to grill the meat and cheese together, just know that you will cook the rare roast beef. It will turn a light brown instead of the lovely pink color that it was when you bought it. However, the taste is still great!
Variation-Replace the Hoffman’s Horseradish Cheese with DiLusso Wisconsin Havarti Herb Cheese.
Smoky Chicken and Ham with Herbed Cheese
This sandwich uses premium meats and cheeses from DiLusso. Butter, or spray with non-stick spray, two slices of Orowheat Oatnut bread. Cover the bottom slice with one ounce of Wisconsin Havarti Herb Cheese. Pile on top of the cheese, one ounce of Mesquite Chicken and one ounce of Black Forest Ham. Grill using the directions for Grilling a Sandwich with Warm Meat and Melted Cheese. The slightly sweet Oatnut bread will have a great color and taste, but will not be as crunchy as a grilled piece of sourdough. Use your favorite condiments and veggies to personalize the sandwich to suit your unique tastes. I just used thinly sliced Kumato tomatoes.
Variation-For a sweeter sandwich, use DiLusso Honey Roasted Ham and Lorraine Swiss to replace the original Black Forest Ham and Havarti cheese.
Whether you are making a simple summer meal or grilling a sandwich to go with a warm, soul-satisfying bowl of soup, these sandwiches are great for any season! Make each sandwich your personalized sandwich. Go to the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum and let us know about your favorite creations.
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