Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  • Absolutely bursting with melty, gooey Provolone cheese, this easy Italian grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect comfort food for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner.

    Grilled cheese sandwiches next to small while bowl of pizza sauce.

    This Italian grilled cheese sandwich has been a long-time favorite of mine! After all, I’ve been eating these since I was a little girl. I remember my grandma making us grilled cheese and serving it with warmed spaghetti sauce!

    A Classic Family Favorite

    I think it’s safe to say that grilled cheese is one of the ultimate classic comfort foods. It’s got carbs, it’s got melty cheese, it’s got nostalgia.

    I mean what’s not to like about a golden crispy crust flavored with Italian bread crumbs, super gooey and stretchy Provolone cheese all sandwiched between irresistible french bread? Now, take that nice, warm, cheese-filled sandwich and dip it into some homemade pizza sauce. Friends, it just doesn’t get much better than that!

    Over the years, I’ve worked to perfect my own recipe, and these mouthwatering Italian grilled cheese sandwiches have become one of the most requested meals in my family! That, along with my Homemade Hamburger Helper and Three Cheese Pizza recipes, which is totally fine because anything loaded with melty cheeses is a win in my book.

    Sliced grilled cheese sandwiches next to small while bowl of pizza sauce.

    Key Ingredients for Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

    • BREAD: I always go for a fresh loaf of French bread when I want to make grilled cheese, but you can opt for you favorite bread.
    • CHEESE: You can also change up the cheese (or cheese combinations) for this recipe. I personally prefer Provolone cheese.
    • SECRET SAUCE: Ok, it’s not really a secret, but instead of buttering my bread, I like to dip coat it in the seasonings. You’ll need eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs, and garlic powder for this delicious coating.
    • DIPPING SAUCE: Some people like to dip grilled cheese in tomato soup, but I actually serve them with this homemade pizza sauce.

    How to Make Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

    PREPARE THE BREAD: First, cut the ends off of the french bread, then hen cut the loaf into ¾-inch slices and set aside.

    PREPARE COATING: Next, in a shallow dish, combine the seasoned bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. After that, in a separate shallow dish, combine the eggs and milk.

    COAT THE BREAD: Then preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat with a thin layer of oil in the pan. Once the oil is hot, place 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of bread then dip each side of the sandwich in the egg. After that, dip each side once more in the seasoned bread crumbs.

    FRY & SERVE: Now, fry in a skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side. You’ll know your sandwich is finished when the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. These Italian grilled cheese sandwiches are best served warm, shortly after cooking, with spaghetti sauce or homemade pizza sauce.

    Top shot of Italian grilled cheese sandwiches next to small while bowl of pizza sauce.

    FAQs

    How do you keep all the grilled cheese sandwiches warm while you cook?

    I like to keep the sandwiches warm in a 170 degree oven while I finish cooking all of the grilled cheeses. This will also help to finish melting the cheese if your sandwich is already golden but the cheese hasn’t melted completely.

    What is the best cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches?

    Provolone is my personal favorite, but you can also use Colby, blue cheese, or Monterey Jack. Really, you can use whatever you prefer or even combine and mix your favorites!

    How can I add flavor to my grilled cheese?

    Depending on the flavor you want, you can try so many different spices! To make your grilled cheese a little spicy, you can add in some chili flakes. You can also toss in a few fresh herbs for a lighter note in this otherwise very heavy dish.

    What goes with grilled cheese sandwiches?

    I prefer to serve grilled cheese with tomato-based sauces, like pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce. The classic combo is grilled cheese with tomato soup, but you can also serve with a light salad, coleslaw, or enjoy it all on its own.

    You may also like to try these other sandwich recipes:

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    Grilled cheese sandwiches next to small while bowl of pizza sauce.
    Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Absolutely bursting with melty, gooey Provolone cheese, this easy Italian grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food.

    Course: Main, Main Course, Main Dish, Main Dishes, Main Meal
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Comfort food, grilled cheese, sandwich
    Servings: 5 + servings
    Calories: 599 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 (14-inch) loaf French bread
    • 20 slices Provolone cheese
    • cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
    • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
    • ¾ tsp Garlic powder
    • 2 Eggs
    • ½ cup Milk
    • Oil for frying
    • Spaghetti or pizza sauce for dipping
    Instructions
    1. Cut the ends off of the French bread, then cut the loaf into ¾-inch slices and set aside.

    2. In a shallow dish, combine the seasoned bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

    3. In a separate shallow dish, combine the eggs and milk.

    4. Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat with a thin layer of oil in the pan.

    5. Place 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of bread then dip each side of the sandwich in the egg and then in the seasoned bread crumbs.

    6. Fry in skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and the cheese has melted.

    7. Serve warm with spaghetti sauce or homemade pizza sauce.

    Recipe Notes
    1. I like to keep the sandwiches warm in a 170 degree oven while I finish cooking all of the sandwiches. This will also help to finish melting the cheese if your sandwich is already golden but the cheese hasn’t melted completely.
    2. Grilled cheese is best served warm, shortly after cooking.
    Nutrition Facts
    Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 599 Calories from Fat 225
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 25g38%
    Saturated Fat 14g88%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 120mg40%
    Sodium 1326mg58%
    Potassium 312mg9%
    Carbohydrates 60g20%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 5g6%
    Protein 34g68%
    Vitamin A 826IU17%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 684mg68%
    Iron 5mg28%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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