My husband and I were out on little date night last month. We decided to go to a local brewery pub downtown. The food and beer were fantastic. The service – not so much. But, we still had a great time. I ordered a grilled cheese that came all decked out with a pesto on it. I knew I’d have to make this again for sure. This is one of those throw together in less than 5 minute kinda meals. The kind I need a lot of in the next few months with Girl’s basketball in full swing. It’s crazy trying to keep up with homework, activities, feed the kids and keep the house somewhat decent. I may be growing another George under our couch with all the dog hair that hasn’t been vacuumed up this week. Eeeeek! So, if you’re days and nights are a wee bit hectic – add this one to your rotation and it will help you out along with pleasing your family! You can pair it with some delicious Tomato Basil Bisque Soup, a simple salad, veggies and dip, some fruit, or go super quick with a side of chips and call it a meal!
Here’s what you’ll need:
I love to use the sourdough bread from Aldi. It’s tasty, inexpensive and a loaf goes a long way since the pieces are so large.
I also use the jarred pesto from Aldi. It’s a staple I always keep a few in the pantry. Just refrigerate the leftover and you’ll find a use for it.
No, I don’t get paid anything from Aldi. I just love their products and saving money where I can.
The real bacon bits in the pouch are a handy little cheat here. It’s a lot simpler and faster than frying up bacon. And I seem to use them more and more on sandwiches because it kind of annoys me when I take a bite out of any sandwich and out comes the entire piece of bacon with it. So the bacon bits (real ones only, not those fake ones) really eliminates that issue altogether.
Good Cheese. I say the more cheese the better! I love to use a combination of provolone and cheddar in this, but you can use whatever cheese you like.
Butter – just to lightly spread on the outside of the bread as you sizzle it up in the pan.
I prefer to make grilled cheese on my large griddle or in a large non stick skillet on a burner. It never fails that when I try to do them under the broiler, I always end up almost burning them. Grilled cheese in the oven is a skill those cafeteria lunch ladies had down, because theirs was always perfect. So for me, I do it on top of the stove so I know I won’t mess it up. You could also use a panini press if you like.
Pesto Bacon Grilled Cheese
Slices of Sourdough bread
Jar of premade pesto sauce. I buy mine at Aldi.
Sliced cheese – I use Provolone and Cheddar
A few TBS of Real Bacon Bits
Butter for spreading on outside of bread
Spread pesto on inside piece of bread.
Top with some bacon bits.
Layer on some pieces of cheese to your heart’s content.
Add your topper piece of bread. I give a little mini spread of pesto on the inside of the top.
Butter the outside pieces of your sandwich.
Spray a skillet or griddle and heat to high heat.
Grill up your grilled cheese until the cheese is all melty and outside is golden.