Pesto-Crusted Grilled Cheese

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 6 Minutes


1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons jarred pesto sauce
8 sourdough bread slices
4 (1-oz.) fontina cheese slices*
1 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
4 (1-oz.) Cheddar cheese slices


1. Stir together mayonnaise and pesto sauce. Spread evenly on 1 side of each sourdough bread slice. Place 4 bread slices, pesto sides down, on wax paper.

2. Layer 4 bread slices on wax paper each with 1 fontina cheese slice, bell peppers, and 1 Cheddar cheese slice; top with remaining bread slices, pesto sides up.

3. Cook sandwiches, in batches, on a hot griddle or in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, gently pressing with a spatula, 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese melts.

*Provolone or mozzarella cheese slices may be substituted.