Grilled Cheese with Giardiniera Recipe

Grilled Cheese with Giardiniera Recipe
Would you like a grilled cheese with a sassy attitude? My grilled cheese recipe has 4 cheeses with giardiniera on pumpernickel. It screams, "Bite me!"

I fell in love with mixed melted cheese sandwiches when I was in my twenties, and I've never looked back. That ooey-gooey melted cheese is the ultimate comfort food, especially when several varieties are layered together to make a tasty treat. Add giardiniera, and you've got one sassy sandwich!

What is giardiniera? It is an Italian inspired condiment that is very popular in Chicago and virtually unknown in many other areas. There are two varieties, the regular and hot types. I wanted to try giardiniera for a long time, then I saw it attractively priced in our local ALDI. I grabbed a bottle of the Tuscan Garden Hot Diced Giardiniera, and added it to my sandwiches and salad. It's now a must-have in our household. This giardiniera contains peppers, celery, cauliflower, carrots, and olives that are packed in oil. There may be some differences in the contents of giardiniera. Read the contents listed on the label to see if they suit you.

Grilled Cheese with Giardiniera Recipe

Ingredients-For each sandwich:

2 slices pumpernickel bread
softened butter or coconut oil
1 thin slice Colby Jack cheese (I used Sargento thinly sliced cheese.)
1 thin slice provolone cheese with smoke flavor (I used Sargento thinly sliced cheese.)
1 thin slice Swiss cheese (I used Kraft thinly sliced cheese.)
1 thin slice pepperjack cheese (I used a local store brand.)
Giardiniera spooned onto the last slice of cheese, to taste


Place the first piece of buttered bread in a cold iron skillet. Layer bread, cheeses, (Colby, provolone, Swiss, pepperjack), a thin layer of giardiniera, and finish with bread.

Heat the covered skillet on high for two minutes , turn to low and heat for 2-3 minutes. Keeping the lid on helps the cheese to melt. Check to make sure that your bread isn't burning.

Flip your sandwich carefully. Heat on high for one to two more minutes uncovered, then turn the heat off. Let the sandwich stand in the hot pan 2-3 more minutes.

Variations-add pastrami, salami, pepperoni, or thinly sliced ham.

Giardiniera adds an attractive punch of flavor without adding a lot of calories. One ounce is 60 calories, and most of them are from the oil. As always, feel free to substitute ingredients to suit your tastes. Enjoy your sandwich meals!

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