Provolone, Basil, and Onion on Italian Bread

Provolone, Basil, and Onion on Italian Bread Recipe
Charles E. Walton IV
For extra flavor, grill the onions and add sliced sweet tomatoes (when in season).


Makes 2 sandwiches

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Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 4 Minutes


4 slices thick country Italian bread (preferably with sesame seeds)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
8 thin slices provolone cheese
4 very thin slices red onion
6 to 8 basil leaves
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter


1. Brush each bread slice with a small amount of balsamic vinegar. Arrange 2 slices provolone, 2 slices onion, and 3 to 4 basil leaves on half of bread slices. Sprinkle with pepper, and top with remaining provolone and bread slices.

2. Melt butter in a cast-iron or nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add sandwiches to pan, and cook, pressing down with back of spatula, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and bread is golden brown.