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Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

While at the grocery store, I zeroed in on an heirloom tomato display.  I knew I wanted to purchase one, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to make.  I thought about my favorite ingredients – bread, cheese, tomatoes – and decided to make my version of a BLT…minus the “L”.  Grabbing a loaf of artisan piccolo bread, 2 different cheeses, and bacon, I headed home to cook.  I sliced the bread into hearty slices and drizzled with olive oil.  I pan seared them and then added some fig balsamic.  Next step- cheese!  I shredded the main cheese called Ruth Kase Grand Cru (which is a cow’s milk cheese made in Wisconsin and melts wonderfully).  On top, I shredded some pecorino with truffle to add a little flavor twist.  Both cheeses topped the bread, followed by the heirloom tomato slices and bacon.  I added a little cheese in between the layers to help “glue” the sandwich together and cooked in the pan until fully heated through.  That little tomato inspired a delicious sandwich!


  • Heirloom tomato
  • artisan bread
  • variety of cheeses (pick your favorites!)
  • bacon
  • olive oil
  • fig balsamic


Gathering the ingredients

sliced bread

Hearty slices

fig balsamic

Adding the fig balsamic


Layer of cheeses

tomatoes on top

Heirloom tomato slices



cooking up

Grilling it up – it may look burnt, but it’s just the fig balsamic

ready to slice

Ready to slice

ready to eat

Time to dine!

Grilled Cheese with an Italian Twist

I had a craving for grilled cheese today, but wanted to put a twist on the classic.  So I pulled out the provolone and mozzarella and set to work.

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My ingredients

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The trick= lots of butter on the bread!

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First layer = provolone

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Add the shredded mozzarella next

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My secret weapon= Spicy Italian Herb Seasoning (YUM!)

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Top with another slice of provolone

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And the bread topper….

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Grill to a toasty brown

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Serve with your favorite tomato sauce and enjoy!


  • bread of choice (I used Dave’s Killer Bread multi-grain)
  • butter
  • sliced provolone
  • shredded mozzarella
  • Favorite seasoning
  • Favorite tomato sauce (I chose Newman’s Own Marinara)