If I had a Grilled Cheese Sandwich like this when I was a kid, I would’ve love Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!
This Insane Grilled Cheese Sandwich is full of Provolone, Mozzarella, and Parmesan Cheese on the outside for an amazing crunch!
Okay, can I tell you something? When I was younger I HATED GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES! Yes, child. I thought Grilled Cheese Sandwiches were disgusting! Now that I am older, I think I know why? In a word, mom. You see, my mom isn’t the best cook or baker in the world. Nope. My mother’s cooking is not my “momma’s cookin”. Does that make sense? It just isn’t. However, I come from a family full of pretty decent cooks, which is shocking. In my family, I can name a dish that I absolutely cannot live without from a family member. Let’s see, there is my Aunt Valerie’s Cornbread Stuffing, my Uncle Kevin makes some of the best collard greens EVER, my Aunt Lela makes delicious Deviled Eggs, my grandfather got me hip to mashed turnips, and my Grandma Daisy made amazing EVERYTHING but I love her Fried Apples. My mom…well…my mom can make you a nice and icy cold glass of water that will hit the spot any day. I don’t know what happened. I often ask myself if she used to always cooked like this or was I too young and desperate for food to notice. Let me not totally bash my mom here. She can cook, but she has lost her “jene-say-qwa (I know that isn’t right)” that you look for when you eat something your mom has made.
As this bit of information pertains to Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, when I was younger, my mom often made us Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato soup. First of all, I am not afraid or ashamed to say when I was younger, my mother was on WIC. If you know anything about WIC, it is an awesome resource that low-income mothers can use that provide some food options such as milk, eggs, cheese, and vegetables and baby formula for their family. Back in the day, they use also provide disposable diapers, wash the soiled diapers, and provide clean cloth diapers, which my mom used ( I don’t know why). I couldn’t have been older than 4 at the time, but I remember when we would get cheese, it would be a huge block of, I guess, cheddar cheese and, I promise, the label was white with red or black lettering that just said “CHEESE”. No type of cheese, no ingredients, just “CHEESE”. Well if you are low-income you are not really in a position to not use what you are given so, somehow, my mom used that cheese. One of the ways I remember her using that cheese was in Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Yep, you already know where I am going. The thing about this… “cheese” is that it didn’t melt! I mean, isn’t that one of the glorious things about cheese is that it melts?! Well, this “cheese” didn’t melt completely. In addition to this poor cheese (no pun intended), my mom would always use too much butter (yes there is such a thing) and leave the sandwich in the pan too long so it was always burnt. Yep, a burnt Grilled Cheese Sandwich made with cheese that didn’t melt and burnt bread was my first experience with this comfort food. Now you tell me if a four-year-old child would like Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. NO of course not! So most of my life, I hated Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and would never try them again. That or tomato soup. This all changed when I met my husband.
Occasionally, when no one feels like cooking in my house, my husband and I would make cold cut deli sandwiches with Turkey, Roast Beef, Pepper Jack, and Sharp Cheddar Cheese, buy a bag of our favorite potato chips (mine is Grippos-a regional favorite), and Tahitian Treat or Faygo Red Pop. Yea, it takes us back to our childhood in a bad way. However, one day when we decided to have this for dinner, my husband made our sandwiches as Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I guess I was in a different place or maybe it was because my mother wasn’t making the sandwiches that I wasn’t reluctant to give the sandwiches a try. My husband handed me an evenly buttered, perfectly crisp, non-burnt, melted cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich for me to eat. Without much thought, I proceeded to eat the sandwich only to become pleasantly surprised as to how insanely delicious the sandwich was. At that moment I decided I did like Grilled Cheese Sandwiches…only if they came from my husband. But now, I have left his wing and decided to give these sandwiches a shot.
If I was going to start making Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, I knew I was not going to make them with American Cheese slices. Oh no, I had to upgrade the Grilled Cheese Sandwich a bit. SO I used Provolone and Mozzarella Cheese on the inside and parmesan cheese on the outside. Oh yes, this sandwich has cheese on the inside and outside! You know what this Grilled Cheese Sandwich tastes like? A big Mozzarella Cheese Stick…kind of. I even dipped the sandwich in the warm marinara sauce to give it that feeling! By coating the sandwich in Parmesan Cheese, you will get an amazing crust when you bite into the sandwich that will leave you breathless. Now if my mom made a Grilled Cheese Sandwich like this when I was younger, I probably would’ve love them.
- 6 slices Sourdough Bread
- 8 oz. Mozzarella, shredded
- 12 slices of Provolone Cheese
- 1 c. Parmesan Cheese, shredded
- ½ tsp. Oregano
- Butter for spreading and for the pan
- Marinara sauce (optional)
- On one side of the bread, spread with butter to the edges. Mix the parmesan cheese and oregano together on a plate. Coat the buttered side of the bread with the parmesan cheese. Do the same with another slice of bread.
- On the unbuttered side of bread, lay down 2 slices of provolone cheese, lay about ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese in the middle, and layer with another 2 slices of Provolone cheese. Place the other buttered and parmesan coated slice of bread on top of the final 2 slices of Provolone Cheese leaving the buttered and parmesan coated sides of bread on the outside of the sandwich.
- In a medium Saute pan, melt about 2 tablespoons of butter on medium-high heat. Place the sandwich in the pan and allow to cook on both sides for about 3 minutes. When you flip the sandwich on the last side, cover with a lid to ensure the cheese melts thoroughly. Slice in half and serve with marinara sauce if desired.