Greek Cheese Melt

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    There is nothing quite more comforting than a gooey melted cheese sandwich. The bread, the cheese and the toppings all play important roles.

    This Greek Cheese Melt boasts a lot of toppings and two types of cheese, so it needs a hearty and tasty bread to hold it all together. KING’S HAWAIIAN® Sliced Bread from Target was the obvious choice for several reasons.

    Delicious melted cheeses with roasted red pepper, black olives and red onion on two slices of King’s Hawaiian Bread and tzatziki sauce. #greekcheesemelt #grilledcheese www.savoryexperiments.com

    The Bread  

    Melt sandwiches are be made or broken based on the bread. Too thick or crusty and you have to fight to take a bite. Too thin or lacking in body, and it can’t hold it all together.

    King’s Hawaiian Bread is known for their slider rolls, but did you know they also make Sliced Sandwich Bread? I kid you not, foodie friends! You can make any sandwich you want on two slices of fluffy bread that is just slightly sweet, so it complements the savory ingredients.

    ingredients for greek grilled cheese melt

    Because the bread plays such an important role, I wanted to make sure it took center stage, therefore I added a light slather of mayo to the outside to give it a crunchy exterior while preserving the fluffy inside. One thing is for sure, King’s Hawaiian Bread is irresistible any way you slice it!

    bag of kings hawaiian sliced bread

    The Cheese  

    Melts are defined by cheese, right? Choosing the best kind is key. Ideal for a melt sandwich is something that isn’t too hard, nor too soft, and has low moisture.

    Low moisture helps the cheese get melty and gooey without sogging up the bread. Some hard cheeses don’t have enough moisture to melt, so getting the ratio right is paramount. 

    angle of greek grilled cheese melt sandwich

    I also like to use at least two to get flavor, and in this case, texture variation. A part skim, low moisture mozzarella and crumbled feta worked together famously. Shredding cheese also allows for the best meltability which is essentially the glue that holds a melt together.

    Toppings  

    Some would say that if a sandwich has toppings other than cheese, then it isn’t even a grilled cheese, which is why this is a melt. I wanted Mediterranean flare, but to keep it meat-free.

    sliced greek melt on a plate

    Crispy red onions, roasted red peppers and black olive slices complete the combo… but not without a side sauce of tzatziki.

    Tzatziki is a yogurt-based dip popular in the Mediterranean region. Garlic, dill and sometimes cucumber dot the cool sauce. While it didn’t do well in testing smeared directly onto the sandwich, it is welcome as a side for dipping.

    dipping greek grilled cheese melt into tzatziki sauce

    How to Make 

    1. Gather your ingredients. 
    2. Slather one side of each piece of bread with mayonnaise. These will be the exterior, the side that will hit the pan and brown, so lay slathered side down on a work surface. 
    3. Evenly divide the cheeses, olives, red pepper and onion between two slices of bread. Top with the last slice, mayonnaise facing out. 
    4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. 
    5. Add sandwiches, browning on each side for 2-3 minutes, gently pressing down to melt the cheese. Flip carefully to avoid toppings falling out. 
    6. Slice diagonally and serve with a side of tzatziki sauce for dipping.
    how to make a greek grilled cheese melt

    Make Ahead & Reheating  

    Like most melts, they are best enjoyed hot from the skillet, but if you do have leftovers, store them wrapped in and in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in a hot oven for 3-5 minutes. 

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    5 from 6 votes

    Greek Cheese Melt

    Delicious melted cheeses with roasted red pepper, black olives and red onion on two slices of King’s Hawaiian Bread and tzatziki sauce.
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time5 mins
    Total Time10 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Greek
    Keyword: gourmet grilled cheese
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 407kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Slather one side of each piece of bread with mayonnaise. These will be the exterior, the side that will hit the pan and brown, so lay slathered side down on a work surface.
    • Evenly divide the cheeses, olives, red pepper and onion between two slices of bread. Top with the last slice, mayonnaise facing out.
    • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
    • Add sandwiches, browning on each side for 2-3 minutes, gently pressing down to melt the cheese. Flip carefully to avoid toppings falling out.
    • Slice diagonally and serve with a side of tzatziki sauce for dipping.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1114mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 517IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 441mg | Iron: 2mg

    Be on the lookout for new King’s Hawaiian Sliced Honey Wheat Bread at Target when it launches this coming April!

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