Cheese please.

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I’m introducing you to massive cheese overload.

Cheese insanity, if you will.

All the cheesus.

Hail cheesus.

Okay now that it’s out of my system.

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A few weeks ago, I taught a little grilled cheese class. I hesitate to call it a “class” considering I really just stood in the front of the room and awkwardly made a grilled cheese before I got my bearings and felt like a normal person. And then continued to slather butter (or maybe even bacon grease… ) on the outsides of bread and piled way too much cheese in between two slices before burning one grilled cheese and barely cooking the next.

It was super fun though.

I’m doing a burger class in June – not just plain old burgers but regular burgers plus. Like regular burgers plus vegetarian options and even some seafood options. If you would like to come, you can sign up here and I believe there are a few spots left. Beware that I will surely humiliate myself in one way or another.

But I’ll feed you!

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The point of all that jazz was that this was one of the grilled cheeses I made. In addition to this caprese one (served over dressed arugula greens) and this roasted strawberry brie one (I die) and a bacon cheddar one and a buffalo chicken one. I will tell you about the latter two if you really care. They were quite delicious because, well… BACON.

But! THIS ONE.

White pizza grilled cheese.

Based on my childhood adoration for white pizza. Inspired by this crazy white pizza dip, minus the tomatoes.

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This grilled cheese is, in a word, PACKED with cheese. As it should be.

First, we make an roasted garlic herb studded mascarpone spread. This goes on the insides of each bread slice. Then we have three different cheeses, mixed together: sharp provolone, mozzarella and parmesan.

The bread is up to you. In class, I used a class Italian bread. Here, I used a rosemary sourdough bread. I don’t know which I like better. You seriously can’t go wrong.

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Oh oh. You can totally add tomatoes if you’d like. In any form. You can add some roasted tomatoes inside the sandwich, or roasted a few cherry tomatoes and pile them on top. You can even serve a tomato jam or marinara for dipping, though that kind of defeats the whole white pizza thing.

I’ve perhaps held my favorite grilled cheese secret back from you all this time. I’ve ranted on and on about how I adore burnt and bubbly cheese for years. So I like to use freshly grated cheese – not only because it melts quicker and easier and I am one of little patience – but because more often than not, many cheese shreds fall out of the sandwich and into the skillet and then because attached to the bread. It’s like, golden crunchy cheese pieces on your bread.

I KNOW.

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White Pizza Grilled Cheese

Yield: makes 4 sandwiches

Total Time: 1.5 hours

Ingredients:

2 bulbs garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pinch of salt
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup freshly chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
8 ounces sharp provolone cheese, freshly grated
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
2 ounces parmesan cheese, freshly grated
8 thick slices Italian or sourdough bread

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice off the top of the bulb of garlic and remove any of the outside paper from the bulb. Drizzle the exposed cloves with olive oil. Wrap the bulb in foil and roast for 1 hour, until the cloves are golden and caramely. Let the garlic cool slightly.

Squeeze the cloves out in a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Mash the cloves with a fork until they form a paste. Add the mascarpone to the bowl and stir to combine. Add in the basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano and parsley, stirring to combine.

Toss together the provolone, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spread the outsides of the bread with softened butter. Spread the insides of the bread with the mascarpone cheese mixture. Place a slice of bread butter-side down in the skillet and add a few handfuls of cheese on top. Follow it with another slide of bread, butter-side up. Cook until the cheese is melty and each side is golden, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve the sandwiches with a garnish of extra chopped herbs.

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You can thank me later.

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83 Responses to “White Pizza Grilled Cheese.”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 4, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    OMG that cheese! My face needs it….if this isn’t the most perfect way ever to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month, then I have NO idea what is.
    Can’t handle this. Pinned :)

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    bridget350@gmail.com — April 4, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    Me, me, meeeee!!! I want to come to class!!!

    And, I REALLY want that sandwich! Whoa.

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    Miu — April 4, 2014 @ 7:12 am

    Oh my God! I can die for this! XXXXXXDD

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — April 4, 2014 @ 7:21 am

    I’ll thank you now! I was just saying how I wonder what a pizza grilled cheese would taste like.. You read my mind

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 4, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    These photos are SO stunning Jess! If I lived in PA I would be ALL.OVER that burger class. It sounds amazing! Snow is slowly melting off of my patio and the day I can open the gate to get out to my BBQ, you can bet I’ll be grilling something of the burger variety. Can’t wait to see what you make after attending that one!

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    Lisa @ Simple Pairings — April 4, 2014 @ 7:36 am

    Such a great combination of flavors! Of course, I like garlic in anything. I could probably just do garlic and cheese and be completely satisfied. Your grilled cheese is totally on another level!

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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — April 4, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    You’re a grilled cheese goddess.

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    ami@naivecookcooks — April 4, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    You always knock my socks off with your fabulous recipes!

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings — April 4, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    Fridays are a great day to celebrate cheese! I always end my week with pizza.
    I adore mascarpone on pizza, so in a grilled cheese it would make perfect sense too!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 4, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    Can I say breakfast, lunch and dinner! Spot on with this grilled cheese sandwich.

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    Kelly Jo — April 4, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    I could this everyday! And rosemary sourdough? Sounds like a dream!

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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — April 4, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    Now that is what I call a grilled cheese! Yummy! Love the flavors of white pizza – cannot wait to try. Pinned.

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    Diane — April 4, 2014 @ 9:08 am

    YUM! I’ve gotta be honest though, now I’m holding out hoping you’ll share the buffalo chicken grilled cheese recipe too…eh, dying!

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    Alicia Greenrabbit — April 4, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    Now your talking. I love to make grilled anything cheese sandwiches!
    I use a George Foreman small grill .Kinda like a panini but more affordable and easier to clean,so easy! I live on goat cheese,spinach and Trader Joe olive spread grilled cheese!

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    Beth — April 4, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    This was my favorite from the class. Well, this and the buffalo chicken, Oh, and the caprese. They were all my favorites!! Why do I have to pick just 1?!?!

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    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — April 4, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    What a perfect thing to post on a Friday! This looks and sounds sooo good. I love your white pizza dip, so I’m definitely going to try this sammie out! OH, and please share your buffalo chicken sammie! That sounds devine.

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    Steph | Pretty Little Things Blog — April 4, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    this looks insanely amazing! wish i had one today for lunch! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — April 4, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    I would gladly watch you make grilled cheese all day if you could come up with stuff like this. Happy Friday jessica!

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    Pam S @ Nuts for Nutrition — April 4, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    Grilled cheese has been taken to a way new delicious level!!

    Can’t wait to try this!!

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    Emily @ Zen & Spice — April 4, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    This. looks. amazing!! I love cheese and garlic and herbs so this is a perfect combination!! I’ve never heard of roasting garlic whole like that before. I’m totally going to try that.

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 4, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Delicious with cheese and lots of herbs.. this is how I like it:)

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — April 4, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    this sandwich with a glass of wine? sold.

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    Kim in MD — April 4, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    All I can say is…WOW!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 4, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    You had me with the cheese but oh my the garlic!!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — April 4, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Ugghhh, you always make the most delicious things!!! This looks SO GOOD!

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    Christine [from-The Lion's Den] — April 4, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    no such thing as cheese overload. only cheese heaven. And this is it!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 4, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    This looks awesome! I posted a grilled cheese this week for the first time in ages with fontina and thought of you because I know you love fontina. I would have loved to be at your class. And cooking in front of people is not easy! I chuckled at your burning one and barely cooking the other because that would be me :) pinned

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — April 4, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    Ohhhh.maaaah.gaaaah. I die for this grilled cheese!

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    Lisa — April 4, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    This looks sooooooo good
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — April 4, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    Genius. I love white pizza too, especially when it’s called Pizza Bianca or Pizza Blanca :) And I also like using shredded cheese on grilled cheese (unless I am too lazy to shred my cheese, then I make do with thin slices) :)

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    Erika — April 4, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

    NO I’M THANKING YOU NOW. GRATED CHEESE?!?!?!

    …my boyfriend also thanks you. He will be worshipping at your feet in about 3 hours.

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    Lauren — April 4, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    Will you be doing any more classes in the future? I don’t know yet if I can come to the Burger one, but I would so love to come to one eventually!!

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — April 4, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks SO DELICIOUS!! What I wouldn’t give to be eating one right now… :)

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    LASnark — April 4, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

    Oh yes. This will be happening this weekend.

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    cheyenne — April 4, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    best thing ever.
    xo, cheyenne

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    Laura — April 4, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    Oh my god! Mouth-watering is the only word for this post! Must try these soon!! :)

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    jessica@ stuck on sweet — April 4, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    oh heck yes! I am loving the mascarpone spread – get it girl!

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    Bridget — April 4, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    I feel like you and me (and Kenji) have that burnt cheesy bit love in common! Did you see his piece on Serious Eats? “Will It Waffle: Macaroni and Cheese Edition”? AMAZING.

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    Amy — April 4, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

    I am making this tomorrow and would love to see the one with bacon because… well, it’s BACON! :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 4, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    Grilled cheese class?? Bah, I love it!!

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    Amy @ the anorexic chef — April 4, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    I have never seen a better looking grilled cheese in all my life. If it wasn’t so late I’d be down in the kitchen making this ASAP. That is most certainly lunch sorted for the weekend, thank you!

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    Christine — April 4, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

    Hey girl – I think your link to the strawberry brie grilled cheese is broken? It goes to the tomato one. These all look amazing though :-) cannot wait to see the strawberry brie one!

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    Meriem @ Culinary Couture — April 4, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

    Oh my god this looks extra bangin

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    Germaine — April 5, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    Love and die for a great grilled cheese always plying around with a new recipe I used to do grilled sourdough with swiss cheese and tuna salad the kids loved it still do, will try this one too, never roasted garlic yet but will do it also fresh herbs are expensive here so I use dry a lot. Look forward to your burger post

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    Nancy Long — April 5, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    My fav pizza of all time if white pizza made with fontina – will probably use it in this! Yum!

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    Vicki — April 5, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    My stomach will thank you later, but my eyes must thank you now! That is one beautiful sandwich! Great photography!!!

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    Christine — April 5, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 5, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    I like to use shredded cheese too!!!

    This is literally, hands down, THE BEST grilled cheese recipe I’ve ever seen!!!!

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    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — April 5, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    Good lord this looks ridiculously good! Definitely trying this on our next Fun Food Friday!

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    Dora — April 5, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    I saw this recipe this morning, thought about it all day at work, made it for dinner and thank you so much! It was amazing!!!! We had it with spicy tomato soup.

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