Cheese Lover’s Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is the cheesiest grilled cheese I’ve ever had. And the best.

If you like a little bread with your cheese, this is the sandwich for you.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

Growing up, I ate more than my fair share of grilled cheese. They were made with one Kraft Single, a little Velveeta, or maybe if we were lucky, some colby.

But my thoughts are that if you’re going to eat a grilled cheese, don’t forget about the cheese. It’s the star of the show. Otherwise why bother and just have toasted bread with butter.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

I used sliced fontina and  grated mozzarella on a sliced French baguette. I love fontina for it’s supremely awesome melting powers. It melts so smoothly, evenly, and perfectly and I want to use it on everything. However, it’s about three times the price ounce for ounce of mozzarella so I use mozz when possible and save fontina for when it really counts and can shine.

The two cheeses melt together and form a giant, oozing, hot beautiful mess. Other cheeses that melt nicely and offer great flavor include brie, Havarti, smoked gouda, or pepper Jack.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

The French baguette I used was fairly small and depending on your bread of choice, you may need more cheese than I did in order to achieve cheese lover’s status.

Make sure that every inch of bread is covered with sliced fontina and top with a loose pile about 1 to 2 inches high of grated mozzarella. Some will inevitably fall onto the bottom of the frying pan, but that’s okay. A little burnt cheese never hurt anyone.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

I always cook my grilled cheese over medium heat and cover the pan. Low and slow. I’d rather take my time and get a golden brown sear than blacken it.

Covering the pan helps the cheese melt more swiftly so it melts completely before the sandwich becomes too dark on either side. Fontina and mozzarella melt very easily, but if you’re using say cheddar and American, covering is insurance to promote melting.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

It’s warm, gooey comfort food at it’s finest.

Warm, white bread that stays fluffy and soft in the middle with lightly crisped edges, the slight saltiness from the cheese make it a total winner.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

It would taste especially good after a late night out, for a lazy brunch, or dinner when you just can’t deal with anything more complicated.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

April is national grilled cheese month and you owe it to yourself to make one.

It would definitely help with a case of the Mondays.

Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Warm, gooey comfort food at its finest! Best & cheesiest grilled cheese ever!

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Cheese Lover's Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is the cheesiest grilled cheese I’ve ever had, and the best. If you like a little bread with your cheese, this is the sandwich for you. It's warm, gooey comfort food at it's finest. Warm white bread that stays fluffy and soft in the middle with lightly crisped edges, and the slight saltiness from the cheese make it a total winner. I used a sliced French baguette, but use your favorite bread. Make sure that every inch of bread is covered with sliced fontina and top with a pile about 1 to 2 inches high of grated mozzarella. Other cheeses for a deluxe grilled cheese that melt nicely with great flavor include brie, Havarti, smoked gouda, or pepper Jack.

Yield: 1 small/med sandwich, double, triple, etc as necessary

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 6 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 slices bread (I used a soft, small French baguette; use your favorite)
1 to 2 tablespoons butter, softened for generous spreading (I use unsalted butter)
about 1 to 2 ounces sliced fontina cheese, or enough to cover every inch of bread
about 1 to 2 ounces grated mozzarella cheese, enough to loosely pile 1 to 2 inches high

Directions:

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Generously butter one side of 1 piece of bread and place it buttered side down in skillet.
  3. Quickly add the fontina, completely covering the surface of the bread with cheese.
  4. Generously sprinkle on the mozzarella, completely covering the fontina, so it's loosely piled 1 to 2 inches high, mounded up and puffy. Some will inevitably fall off and it's okay, but watch the fallen cheese while cooking so it doesn't burn.
  5. Butter the other slice of bread on 1 side and place it on top the cheese, buttered side up.
  6. Cover the pan (helps to melt the cheese more quickly so either side doesn't become too browned before cheese melts) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or as necessary, until bottom of bread is golden browned.
  7. When golden, flip sandwich over and cook covered for about 2 minutes, or as necessary, until second piece of bread is golden browned. If necessary, reduce heat to medium-low to ensure cheese melts fully before bread gets too dark. Top of sandwich may slide off a bit from all the cheese. Reposition as necessary or embrace the rustic look.
  8. Slice, if desired, and serve immediately. Sandwich is best warm and fresh.

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53 Responses to “Cheese Lover’s Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 31, 2014 at 8:43 am

    haha, I certainly like a little bread with my cheese!! This recipe looks PERFECT!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 31, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love grilled cheese, that fontina and mozzarella combo is killer. Pinned!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Melty cheese always gets me! Love this sandwich! Pinned!

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — March 31, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Gorgeous grilled cheese! I love how melty and gooey all the cheese looks, and yes totally agree with you about loving a little bread with your cheese. LOL. Stunning pictures— Totally want this for lunch today. pinned.

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    Mary Frances — March 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Dang dairy allergies! I always loved a little cheese with my bread, because really, who can resist gooey melty cheese?

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — March 31, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Oh my gosh, these little grilled cheese sammies look too good! All the cheese! I’m drooling!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — March 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I cannot handle how cheesy these grilled cheeses are! It reminds me of the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had, which was at a tiny little coffee shop here where I live. I will definitely be making some of these soon. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Those little cafes and places like that are hidden gems! This was the best GC I’ve ever had since I don’t have any of those little cafe gems handy!

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    Kris — March 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Grilled cheese for grownups. Yum. My dad always liked grilled onions on his grilled cheese (with Velveeta and Miracle Whip, of course) and I think maybe he had a good idea.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Nothing wrong with Velveeta and Miracle Whip :) I grew up on it. And loved every processed-food bite!

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    Marzia @ Little Spice Jar — March 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Bread + cheese = 1 happy gal!
    Great recipe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I just saw your bean salad on FG today and it looked delish!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — March 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Grilled cheese is the best! It was definitely a favorite of mine growing up. I love that you used fontina as one of your cheeses, it has such magical melting powers. Oh and those little bits of cheese that fall on to the bottom of the pan and get extra crispy, they are the best!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    OMG I’m dying. The gooey factor alone! We live on grilled cheese in this house and I would eat way too many of these.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      I purposely only made a few, on small baguette slices, for that very reason :) Best grilled cheese of my life!

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    Paula — March 31, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I can’t think of a better reason to buy fontina (and I should have leftovers to try on that egg-sweet potato skillet recipe)! Grilled cheese gets dressed up and goes gourmet. Looks delicious for any occasion!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      This was, without a doubt, the best grilled cheese of my life. Omg so.so.good. Worth extra cardio for :) Normally I’d reserve that for sweets but this was a savory worth having! And yes to the fontina plan you have!

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    Amy @ the anorexic chef — March 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    These look insanely good! Mozzarella is my absolute favourite cheese, definitely need to give these a go! Thank you!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — March 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve never tried fontina on a grilled cheese. Since it’s super melty, I definitely need to try it!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — March 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, I don’t know. I love cheese. I love grilled cheese. I love the cheeses used. But these look so
    decadent, I am not sure I could eat one. BUT I bet I could share one!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Trust me, it’s hard to STOP at just one. They are.so.good. :) You’ll have no problems polishing one off!

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    Katy — March 31, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I haven’t had grilled cheese in a long time but always used to eat grilled cheese with Kraft singles. I bet it’s so much better with Fontina cheese and that’s a great idea to cover the pan to help with the melting. Gorgeous bright photos. Was disappointed when I saw Saveur finalists so I hope you make it next year! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Oh my gosh you’re so sweet! Saveur finalists…well, there’s always pipe dreams, right! lol I’m sure they have no idea who I am and my food isn’t dark and moody or high brow enough. It’s just normal stuff that normal people make :)

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — March 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My mom never really enjoyed cooking, so we ate tons of grilled cheese sandwiches growing up. They were all exactly the same: Whole Wheat Oroweat bread with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar, melted/toasted in the toaster oven so she wouldn’t have to stand watch over the stove and worry about flipping them. And sometimes served with ketchup, just because. Your incredible version looks much classier, and I’m kicking myself for not catching up on blog posts before going to the grocery store. I desperately want fontina now!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I like your mom’s thought process :) I have a fancy toaster (oven) but it’s still a push down thing, rather than laying flat, so the cheese would leak everywhere. Otherwise I would totally do that! And my college and early 20s wine drinking days consisted of TONS of Tillamook extra sharp cheddar!

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      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        I’m the opposite — I’ve never owned a stand-up toaster, only the ones that look like mini ovens! Mom also made quesadillas in there, and tons of cinnamon sugar toast and cheese toast. Until I started my baking phase in high school, I think we used that more than the regular oven! I actually didn’t know other brands/flavors of cheese existed other than Tillamook extra sharp cheddar until early middle school when I started grocery shopping with Mom. I even thought that my kiddie cheese quesadillas at Chevy’s were made with it, and it somehow magically turned white in their kitchen! :)

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    sippitysup — March 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    “Growing up I ate more than my fair share of grilled cheese…” Have you been reading my biography again? GREG

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 31st, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      LOL! I bet we could swap stories about Twinkies or Hostess pies, too :)

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — March 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    A comfort classic at its finest!! I am in agreement with you about the slow and low, def makes the best grilled cheese. I really like your mozzarella fontina combo! = )

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — April 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

    This would help with any case, not just mondays! LOL I adore grilled cheeses, and mozz and fontina sounds like a fabulous combo for one!! The crispy bread on the outside with bits of hard cheese,wow, excuse my drool.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 1, 2014 at 12:51 am

    What a glorious stack of grilled cheese! I probably shouldn’t have this with Cabo right around the corner but this is why I run, right? :)

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    Chichi — April 1, 2014 at 1:04 am

    My mouth is watering literally. I am tempted to run of the office, go home and try out this recipe. Beautiful pictures Averse. Page saved so I don’t loose it

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    Chichi — April 1, 2014 at 1:06 am

    *Beautiful pictures Averie* that’s what I meant to say until spell check did it’s own thing

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    laurasmess — April 1, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Oh my gosh Averie. OH MY GOSH. This is a heavenly post!!!! As soon as I clicked through I was completely enraptured by all of those glorious images of molten, delicious grilled cheese and toasty golden bread. Heaven in a sandwich. I haven’t really made a grilled cheese sandwich with fontina before so I think that needs to change. Yum, thanks for the inspiration! x

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks for the glowing comments you left me today! :)

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    Iosune | Minimal Eats — April 1, 2014 at 3:29 am

    OMG! This is amazing!!! I’m so hungry now haha Thanks for the recipe :)

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    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 1, 2014 at 5:09 am

    gorgeous Averie! How are you? Miss talking to you

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Hi sweets! Good – just busy with life, blog, etc. You know how it goes! xoxo :) Thanks for saying hi!!

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    Stephanie — April 1, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I am trying at least 3 of these recipes..This made me hungry..I saw you on the Chef in training Talent Tuesday!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      You are so sweet for wanting to try some recipes and thanks for popping over from Nikki’s site. She’s such a great girl :)

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    Kitchen Belleicious — April 1, 2014 at 5:51 am

    the one thing i ate over and over again while prego and still do in fact is grill cheese. It is my old but goody favorite and I love your version with the fontina! Delish

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    Annie @Maebells — April 1, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Yum!! Wouldn’t this just be heavenly with a big bowl of tomato soup? Pinning for our next cold day!

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    Catie @ Mangoes Margarit — April 1, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Oh goodness, this looks so delicious! Such a tease for someone needing to avoid gluten & dairy!!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    ahhhhhhhhh!!!!! SO CHEESY!! I am dying over the melty yumminess

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