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Provolone, Basil, and Onion on Italian Bread

Charles E. Walton IV
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 4 mins
Yield Makes 2 sandwiches
For extra flavor, grill the onions and add sliced sweet tomatoes (when in season).


  • 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

How to Make It

  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.