There are some delicious meals that I just refuse to assign to a season. While a grilled cheese can seem like something that one would only crave on a cold night with some soup, I also feel like it's the type of meal which can totally be customized to fit the season! With peach season on the horizon, a peach grilled cheese with a mild and melty cheese like havarti seemed super fitting. Oh and with basil, naturally.
So what I love most about this grilled cheese (other than the fact that it screams summer) is that it has the best combination of flavor types. The havarti is mild and creamy, there's some balsamic peaches which perfectly balance the addition of a little acidity and sweetness, and for some saltiness there's a few slices of prosciutto. Topped with a honey drizzle and some fresh basil, what could be better!
The first part of this recipe is making the balsamic peaches. Balsamic vinegar and peaches are two ingredients that just go so well together, and the peaches are unbelievable once they're slightly softened in a little butter! All you'll need for them is:
To make the peaches it's as easy as melting the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, then adding in those peaches and sautéing for 3-4 minutes until the peaches begin to soften but aren't yet mushy. Lightly salt, reduce the heat to low, and add the balsamic vinegar. Then it's as easy as cooking them until the balsamic vinegar is reduced. The two important things are to not let the peaches become mushy, and to make sure to turn down the heat prior to adding the balsamic vinegar so it doesn't splash.
Once the peaches are made it's as easy as grabbing the remaining grilled cheese ingredients. Including the havarti cheese main character, all you'll need to layer these grilled cheeses are the following ingredients:
If you haven't tried havarti before, it's mild and creamy, but not overly creamy. When hand-shredded from a block, it could not melt more perfectly while adhering the whole sandwich together without being overpowering!
I especially love grilled cheeses like this one because after the peaches are briefly cooked, all it comes down to is layering the sandwiches and cooking them up in a skillet until golden! Grilled cheeses are also ideal if you or anyone else having one has different preferences, as the amount of each ingredient is up to your discretion! I like to make sure there's enough cheese to hold everything together, and be, well, cheesy, but not too much where it's overpowering. Once the sandwiches are layered up, melting some butter in a skillet over medium heat is pretty much fool proof for getting the perfectly golden and crisp edges and melty cheese we all love!
Here are the steps to finish these up:
And just like that you have the most delicious and summery grilled cheese! I promise the smell alone as this is cooking up will have your mouth watering. I really liked the addition of honey in this recipe, and drizzling extra on top of the finished grilled cheeses also made them extra wonderful. Sprinkling on some extra basil and some flaky sea salt takes them to a whole new level!
With all the variations of grilled cheeses (like this pickle one!) and melts out there, you may be wondering what makes this the grilled cheese you need to make next, and here are the reasons:
If I can't find havarti can I substitute it with a different cheese?
Absolutely! Another great melting cheese like gouda or a mild cheddar would be delicious here too. I probably wouldn't opt for something super sharp in this one though as you wouldn't want it to overpower the other flavors.
Can I leave the prosciutto out?
Definitely, you can just leave it out if you don't love it or if you want to keep this grilled cheese meatless.
What would go well on the side with this havarti grilled cheese?
For a larger meal, I'd serve this havarti grilled cheese with a light summery salad.
This havarti grilled cheese is the ultimate summer sandwich, complete with all the flavors loved this time of year. If peaches are one of your favorites, you absolutely have to give this one a try, making sure to drizzle it with honey and top it with lots of fresh basil.
This havarti grilled cheese is the most summery, cheesy sandwich with perfectly sweet balsamic peaches, prosciutto, fresh basil, and a honey drizzle.
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