Gourmet Grilled Cheese

September 27, 2013 by Kari Karch

Learn how to make this delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from the Kenmore in-house chef Kari Karch!


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4 slices brioche bread

1 tablespoons arugula pesto (recipe follows)

8 ounces Gruyere cheese sliced

1 heirloom tomato sliced

4 strips of thick-cut bacon cooked (400* for 12-15mins)

1 avocado sliced

4 cup arugula

0.25 cup pine nuts

0.25 cup grated Parmesan cheese

0.25 cup olive oil


To make the arugula pesto, place first four ingredients in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper and puree till combined.

Take sliced brioche bread and spread one tablespoon on all four slices of brioche.

Heat a Panini press or grill pan to medium high heat. While it heats, slice cheese & tomatoes, making sure to salt tomatoes. Slice the avocado last, right before the grill is ready. Layer the cheese slices, tomato, bacon, and avocado on 2 slices of the brioche. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Once the grill or press is heated, butter to avoid sticking. Place remaining bread on sandwich and grill until cheese melts through, about 3-4 minutes. Serve alongside a small side salad or with tomato soup. Happy Eating!

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.