This pear and prosciutto grilled cheese is quite the little toasty delight. She's simple, she's delicious, and a drizzle of hot honey takes her to a whole new level.
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Our main players here are fresh slices of juicy pear, salty prosciutto, and tons of creamy gruyere. All of this deliciousness is nestled between two slices of crusty sourdough, slathered in creamy butter and grilled to golden-brown perfection.
A final drizzle of hot honey amplifies the whole experience, creating a perfect balance of flavors that'll have you making this grilled cheese again and again (and again and again).
We've drawn some inspiration from a couple of our other favorites for this little masterpiece. If you've ever tried the Blackberry, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese or the Bacon, Egg, and Fig Breakfast Sandwich, you know we're all about that sweet and savory magic.
Grilled Cheese Ingredients
Our stars for this recipe are the sweet pear, salty prosciutto, gooey gruyere, and, of course – a drizzle of hot honey. It's luxury comfort food at its best.
- pear, thinly sliced
- cream cheese (optional)
- hot honey
Pear and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese Instructions
- Start with your sourdough bread and spread a layer of butter on one side of each slice.
- If you're using cream cheese, spread it on the other side of your slices. This is totally optional, but it adds a nice hit of tang and lends some creaminess that complements the other flavors beautifully.
- Layer your shredded gruyere, prosciutto, and thinly sliced pear on one side of the bread, then cover with the other slice, butter side out.
- Grill the sandwich on a medium-hot pan until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Flip halfway through to ensure both sides are evenly toasted. 3-5 minutes per side is usually the sweet spot.
- Once your sandwich is done, take it off the heat and drizzle your hot honey over top. You can also serve the hot honey on the side for dipping, if you prefer.
- Slice in half, serve, and enjoy!
Grilled cheese isn't a race. Cook your sandwich over medium-low heat to make sure the bread doesn't get too dark before the cheese has time to melt. 3-5 minutes is usually ideal.
- Hot Honey - If hot honey isn't your jam, no worries. This sandwich is so, so good with plain ol' regular honey. Dijon mustard is also delicious with pear and prosciutto.
- Sourdough - swap the sourdough for another artisanal bread like ciabatta or a baguette.
- Fruit - Try using sliced apples or figs instead of pear for a different sweet note.
- Cheese - Substitute the gruyere with a different cheese that melts well, or add more cheese! Gouda, white cheddar, fontina, havarti, or even Swiss are delicious in this pear and prosciutto grilled cheese.
- Meat - Replace prosciutto with slices of crisp bacon or even roasted turkey!
Store - If you have leftover grilled cheese, wrap it in aluminum foil and refrigerate. It should be eaten within a couple of days.
Reheat - Reheat in an oven or toaster oven at 350ºF until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy again. Avoid the microwave (it'll make your bread soggy).
So, how'd your sandwich turn out? We'd love to hear how it went. Any tips, tricks, or interesting variations you picked up along the way? Let us know in the comments below!
Looking for more savory inspiration? We've got you:
Hot Honey, Pear and Prosciutto Grilled CheesePrint Recipe
- 4 slices sourdough
- 1 pear thinly sliced
- 4 slices prosciutto
- 1 cup grated gruyere
- ¼ cup cream cheese optional
- 2 tablespoon butter room temperature
- hot honey to taste
- Preheat your pan over medium-low heat.
- Spread butter evenly on one side of each slice of sourdough bread.
- On the unbuttered side of two bread slices, spread a layer of cream cheese (if using). Top with half the gruyere cheese, followed by the prosciutto, pear slices, and remaining gruyere. Place the other slices of bread on top, buttered side out.
- Place the sandwiches in the preheated pan. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. You can cover the pan with a lid to help the cheese melt faster.
- Remove from pan and let cool for a minute or two. Drizzle with hot honey, slice in half, and serve immediately. Enjoy this gourmet twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich!
- Make sure your pears are ripe but not overly soft to avoid them turning mushy during cooking.
- Adjust the amount of hot honey to taste. If you like it spicy, feel free to drizzle a little extra!
- This recipe works best with a pan or skillet that distributes heat evenly.
- Feel free to experiment with different types of bread and cheese. The recipe is quite versatile!
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