Basil Coated Grill Cheese with Prosciutto and 3 Cheeses

In honor of grilled cheese month, no one is sure who exactly decided this way back when, I wanted to do something extra special with my grilled cheese sandwiches. I am all about the cheese! When I was pregnant my favorite two things to eat where grilled cheese dunked in hot soup and chicken salad sandwiches from none other than Chic-fil-A. Like most kids my son’s favorite meal is grilled cheese and I for one and all for it! I happily tag along with this obsession!

Most people tend to think that grilled cheese sandwiches are just for kids when in fact they actually started out as a dish just for adults- betcha didn’t know that? I am going to apologize ahead of time for those of you who are looking for a healthy sandwich idea. No bones about it, this baby (my sandwich of course) is ridiculously delicious with credit to a yummy basil infused egg wash that I fried it in- taking cues from the every so popular Monte-Cristo method.

I then loaded it down with three types of cheese: Provolone, Swiss and Colby and topped it off with a somewhat subtle horseradish mayo and lots of salty layers of Prosciutto. This sandwich is simply divine, amazing, savory, a tad bit Sweet (from the basil) and a sandwich that you must and I do mean MUST make at home. They key to this dish is the basil infused egg wash using the basil from my own garden. Even though the sandwich is pan-fried the basil brings a certain freshness to dish that you wouldn’t get otherwise. Leave off the prosciutto and top with ham for a treat the kids will even love!


Basil Infused Grill Cheese with Prosciutto and 3 Cheeses


6 slices of sourdough bakery bread ( this makes 2 sandwiches so double the ingredients below for a family of four)

1/2 pound of sliced prosciutto ( 3 slices per sandwich)

3 eggs mixed with 1/3 cup of milk

4 TBSP chopped basil or you could use basil puree found in the vegetable isle at your grocery store

1/4 pound each of provolone cheese, swiss cheese and colby

butter for the bread

Horseradish Mayo: mix all ingredients together

3 tsp horseradish

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup mayo

dash of salt and pepper

For each sandwich use 3 slices of bread. Butter one side of bread first on the outside then spread the horseradish mayo over the inside of the bread, then cover with a slice of cheese, then prosciutto, then another slice of cheese. Spread a small amount of horseradish mayo over the 2nd piece of bread and place the 2nd piece of bread on top. Cover that with 2 more slices of prosciutto and 1 more slice of cheese. Top with last slice of bread. Make the remaining sandwiches and set aside. Meanwhile, mix the eggs and milk together and add in the chopped basil. Whisk to combine and dip each sandwich into the egg mixture and fry on a hot skillet. Brown on all sides being careful not to burn the bread- Approximately 4 minutes on each side.

Serves 4 cut into triangles or 2 as a whole sandwich



  1. Niki

    My mouth is watering…looks so tasty!

  2. Katie

    Oh wow. This just looks amazing. I love a grown up grilled cheese!

  3. cool gal

    I am going to make these for dinner toning minus the prosciutto – Lent. But, I will give them a try with the meat in the future.

    They sound absolutely divine. I am going to prepare the horseradish this morning and let the flavors marry all day.

    Thanks for sharing. I LOVE grilled cheese. YUM! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Maris (In Good Taste)

    This is about the best grilled cheese I have seen!

  5. Kathyln

    Love this sandwich. How you do what you do I do not know! wow- that was a lot of do’s in one sentence! LOL! Going to try this for sure for my family this weekend- prob sunday. will let you know how it turns out!

  6. To the Kitchen

    Love the flavors in this dish. Basil in egg? genius

    I have mint- could I use that instead

  7. Lindsay

    i am making these this weekend! yum!! and thanks girl for your comment about my grandfather…they still don’t know whats wrong, just praying he will get better. thank you for your support! have a fabulous weekend!

  8. Daniele

    AMAZING! Simply AMAZING> Can you please send some my way! LOL!

  9. Kitchen Belleicious

    To the kitchen- yes girl you could so use mint but I would do a dessert type of sandwich with it maybe with some strawberries and sweet cheese inside and then coated in a mint infused sauce- ohh! maybe do a drizzle of chocolate sauce over the top! YUM!

  10. Bonnie

    Wow! This looks delicious. I think I’ll add a bowl of steaming tomato soup for the perfect supper–or lunch!


  11. Kelli

    Oh my oh my this looks some kind of good! How did I miss the strawberry recipe before this one. Crazy but I just bought a flat of strawberries yesterday from the local 4H group. Wow is this perfect or what I think well I know I will be at grocery store this afternoon on my way to school pick up then looks like Saturday Im having the terrific grilled cheese and a wonderful strawberry dessert! You my Darlin just made my weekend! The kids are in for a real treat!

  12. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Grilled cheese month… Seriously??

    That’s my kinda month!! I don’t care what diet I’m on. I cannot turn down a grilled cheese sandwich (that, nor mac & cheese :). And we’re planting our basil today, so that last one will be first up!

    Jessica- the salmon was absolutely delicious. I served it with coconut brown rice. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    I’ll definitely make it again (an excuse to use up that newly acquired wasabi powder, right?).

  13. Susie

    my whole family is going to thank you for this. I have a huge bunch of basil growing in our backyard. This is what we are having tonight for sure

  14. Renee

    Did you have to go and post that today. I mean seriously. I was doing so good this week. I guess everyone deserves a little treat/break right?

  15. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    I’m eventually going to have a giant basil plant… this will be perfect! I loooove basil and cheese together! <3

  16. Sandy

    Fancy and delicious looking. I love you used three cheese and three slices of bread! what a special treat to use with my basil this summer. I just planted some!

  17. Erica

    What a fantastic sandwich! Can’t beat grilled cheese, especially with multiple kinds of cheese- YUM! Josh is a HUGE prosciutto fan- he’d love this version. <3

  18. val

    What a drool worthy sandwich!!! Happy Friday!

  19. sweetlife

    three types of cheese, oh a perfect dinner treat!!


  20. Shea

    I’m a sucker for a grilled cheese sandwich! And throw prosciutto in there?! Awesome!

  21. ModernMom

    I didn’t know that about grilled cheese. I have to seriously step it up the next time I think about that sandwich:)

  22. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    3 cheeses?! Say no more- I’m on it 🙂

  23. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This is so naughty! I adore cheese, but I am trying to cut back on dairy at the moment. This looks amazing though!

  24. JANE

    This is one of those WOW recipes for me. Simple, rich, delicious. I will be making this next week. I just lost 20 pounds so maybe I better make it for my guests. I LOVE you blog, and will be checking back here very often for ideas.

  25. thatssoron

    nothing like crispy cheese

  26. pigpigscorner

    *drools* Love grilled cheese sandwiches too! I like the idea of adding basil – fab!

  27. Amanda

    Oh wow. Those are some mighty fine looking grilled cheese sandwiches you’ve made there. Once I get a new basil plant, I’ll definitely have to try mixing it in with the egg, sounds amazingly good!

  28. Candace

    I am so making these! Prosciutto, cheese, basil…horseradish mayo?? I’m in. 🙂

  29. Elle Sees

    oooh i’ve been drooling over your recipes!!! i can’t cook well, so i live thru sites like yours.
    ps–have you entered my giveaway?

  30. Joanne

    Wow this is a rockstar grilled cheese! THREE types of cheese PLUS prosciutto PLUS a basil-infused egg wash…GENIUS.

  31. sara@domesticallychallenged

    That is about the best sounding thing right now!

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