Monday, May 7, 2012

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

When I heard this month's theme for Crazy Cooking Challenge was Grilled Cheese, I got super excited.  I also learned a lot about the sandwiches in the process.  Did you know that there is a Grilled Cheese Invitational?  It is a chance for people in search of the perfect grilled cheese to all rendezvous at the same location and hope to become a Grilled Cheese Champion in their cooking contests.  I think that's awesome.  Look it up if you haven't heard about it yet at the Grilled Cheese Invitational website.


In my quest for the perfect grilled cheese, I ran into Grilled Cheese Social. Grilled Cheese Social is written by MacKenzie Smith.  MacKenzie comes up with some amazing grilled cheeses and has everything from breakfast to dessert sandwiches. The writing on her blog makes you feel like your her best friend the second you step onto her site. I spent a lot of time clicking and reading through all her posts and finally decided on the Breakfast Grilled Cheese.

Breakfast Grilled Cheese
slightly adapted from Grilled Cheese Social
Grilled Cheese
1 egg, scrambled
salt and pepper
2 slices of sourdough bread

1/3 cup of crumbled goat cheese
1 tablespoon of basil pesto (I couldn't find arugula to make the arugula pesto)
2 pats of salted butter

from Savory Sweet Life

2 cups of fresh basil, packed
3 cloves of garlic (more of less depending on how spicy you like it)
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
A pinch of salt and pepper to taste
1) In a food processor, pulsate basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese until everything is mixed in with each other. Slowly add extra virgin olive oil and pulsate again until everything is fully combined and incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
2) Scramble one egg, seasoning with salt and pepper.
3) Lay out two pieces of bread.  Crumble goat cheese on one side, and spread pesto on the other.  Place the scrambled egg on top of one of the pieces of bread, and then close the sandwich.
4) Place butter either in a skillet on the stove or on your panini maker.
5) Cook until sandwich is at the desired toasted level.

We loved these sandwiches.  We just recently found goat cheese at our store, and so we hadn't really thought to use it in grilled cheese.  The pesto and the cheese worked great together, and the sandwich was truly delicious.  My husband was disappointed that he only asked for one sandwich.  I think we'll see these on the menu for many weekends to come.

To check out more cheesy deliciousness, please click on any of the pictures below!


  1. What a great idea to make a breakfast grilled cheese! I'm in love with this!

  2. That looks great, Jenna. I've put pesto in scrambled eggs before, but I never would have thought to make a grilled cheese out of it! Awesome!

  3. I love pesto and this sounds fantastic on a grilled cheese. Excellent idea!

  4. Jenna, this could be breakfast, lunch or dinner at my house, great choice!

  5. What a great combination for a Grilled Cheese, it looks delicious!

  6. Great idea adding pesto!

    Jen #40