Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney

Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney is how I take grilled cheese sandwiches up a notch. The Kalamata olive chutney is the hero of this sandwich, bringing intense flavor to the cheesy goodness inside. 

 

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m really into sandwiches lately. This sandwich is my take on a sandwich I had a few weeks ago from a local Denver bakery. I thought I was ordering a simple grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, but what I got was a glorious cheesy mess packed with so much flavor. I couldn’t stop myself from stuffing my face with it (super attractive to my date I’m sure…). But when you have something that good in your hands, it’s kind of tough to resist…

The sandwich I had was on a Kalamata olive loaf that just blew my mind. Who knew I would start coming around to olives, right? Apparently all I needed was bread and cheese to make them more palatable (that’s the case with a lot of foods isn’t it?). As much as I would love to slave over recreating the olive loaf, in the interest of time, I threw together a ridiculously easy chutney that gives this sandwich the exact same flavors as the masterpiece I tasted.

Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney Recipe | cakenknife.com

Sidenote: Ok yes, I said “date” up there and glossed over it pretty quickly huh? Well folks, welcome to a whole new world of sharing that I’m going to expose you to now… Dating is officially weird, awkward and… odd. Just odd. Now I am seriously considering starting a series on the blog dedicated to recreating dishes I love from dates (both good and disastrous) I go on. Or is that sharing too much?

Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney Recipe | cakenknife.com

Hey as long as it’s good food, I’m guessing you don’t care THAT much about the rambling that comes along with it, amIright?

ANYWAY, this sandwich entered my life for a reason and I’m pretty sure it was to bring me comfort before we launch headfirst into the holidays. GAH, how is it halfway through November already? *commence freakout*

Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time:5 minute

Cook Time:20 minutes

Total Time:25 minutes

A simple grilled cheese with a huge kick of intense flavor from a Kalamata olive chutney.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices white bread
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 large ripe tomatoes, cut into thick slices

Kalamata Olive Chutney

  • 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients for the olive chutney into a pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the lid, turn down heat and simmer 15 minutes, or until the onions are soft and tender. Remove from heat and cool 5 to 10 minutes before using.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp of butter.
  3. Assemble your sandwiches as the butter melts. Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of the olive chutney and top with one slice of provolone. Add 2 to 3 slices of tomato to the bottom halves of the sandwiches, then top with the other cheese covered slices of bread.
  4. Once the butter is melted, add one sandwich to the skillet. Cook until golden brown, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Add another Tbsp of butter to the skillet and flip the sandwich. Cook again until golden brown and the cheese is melted, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat this cooking process with the other sandwich.
  5. Serve immediately.
Yum

13 Responses to “Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney”

  1. Jill — November 18, 2015 at 7:42 am (#)

    Mmm olives and cheese are my fav on pizza, so I bet this sandwich is gooey heaven!
    A date food blog or series is such a fun idea!
    When I was dating I remember heading home so many times thinking, “well, at least I got free food” haha. bad.

    • Meghan B. — November 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm (#)

      Haha oh I think the series is definitely going to have to happen! I’ve had too many good food/bad company experiences to keep them all to myself ;)

  2. Barely Vegan — November 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm (#)

    LOL at Jill’s comment!! This sandwich looks soooo simple and delicious.  Sometimes you don’t need a ton of stuff on a sandwich to make it good.  Cheese, tomatoes, olives….BAM!  That’s a 5 star meal in my book. I’m making some vegan cashew cheese at home this weekend and I think I will use it to make a vegan version of this sandwich for lunch!!!  

    • Meghan B. — November 18, 2015 at 4:48 pm (#)

      LOL right?? I really want to try some good vegan cheese so I can try to go vegan a couple times a week! Is it hard to make?

  3. Barely Vegan — November 23, 2015 at 6:58 pm (#)

    No, not at all!!  There are 2 ingredients in it that are kind of hard to find.  They’re called Agar Agar and Nutritional Yeast.  Ever heard of  ’em?  I buy mine at Whole Foods.  Agar Agar is what makes the cheese solid, sort of like a block of cheese, and the Nutritional Yeast gives it a slightly cheesy taste.  You just blend cashews with some nutritional yeast, roasted red peppers, garlic powder, and a few more ingredients.  Let it sit in the fridge to solidify and BAM, you have a block of vegan “cheese” in about 30 minutes.  It doesn’t taste EXACTLY like cheese, but it is similar and still very very tasty.  Hmmm….I will try to make a video this weekend showing how to make vegan cheese and put it on my site so you can see how simple it is! 

    • Meghan B. — November 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm (#)

      I just picked up some Nutritional Yeast yesterday for another recipe! I’ve never used it before but I am super excited to try it. YES, if you post a video please send it my way!!

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