Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club

Elevated Grilled Cheese Sammies

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Even finicky eaters rush to the kitchen when grilled cheese sandwiches are on the menu. With a few ingredient upgrades, this lunch or dinner mainstay tastes even more delicious.


  • Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 2 ounces Manchego cheese, shredded
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into thin slices
  • 1 ripe pear, cut into thin slices
  • 1 tablespoon fig jam
  • 1-2 cups arugula
  • 4 thin slices crusty whole wheat bread


Step 1

Brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil. Build the sandwiches on two of the slices, layering the ingredients equally in this order: a sprinkling of cheese, avocado slices, pear slices, fig jam, arugula, the rest of the cheese, and the top slice of bread. 

Step 2

If using a panini press, brush the outsides of the bread with olive oil and heat the press and grill the sandwiches as directed. If using a griddle, heat over medium heat; when hot, add two tablespoons of olive oil in two separate pools and place a sandwich over each pool. Press down on the sandwiches with a large spatula or an empty cast iron skillet (see “Quick Kitchen Nugget” below). When the bottoms have browned, flip the sandwiches and repeat.

Makes 2 servings