Parmesan Crusted (Baked) Grilled Cheese
- 16 slices Italian bread
- Butter, softened
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend, divided
- 1 can pizza sauce, divided
- 4-8 slices Mozzarella cheese, depending on the size of the bread
- 8 slices deli pepperoni
- 8 slices Capicola (thinly sliced Italian ham)
- 4-8 slices Provolone cheese
Preheat oven to 450º F. Place a non-stick baking sheet in the oven while you assemble the grilled cheese on the other non-stick baking sheet. If you don't have non-stick, you may have to use a spatula to remove the grilled cheese from the pan.
Butter all 16 slices of bread on one side. Using half of the Parmesan cheese, place 8 piles of cheese on baking sheet, spreading them out slightly to mimic the shape of your bread. Sprinkle Parmesan piles with half of the Italian seasoning blend. Place one piece of bread butter-side down onto the Parmesan. Spread a light layer of pizza sauce on top of bread slices. Place one piece of Mozzarella cheese on each slice of bread with pizza sauce on it. If bread is smaller than slice of cheese, cut cheese slice in half. Add slice of pepperoni and slice of Capicola. Top with slice or 1/2 slice of Provolone. Place second slice of buttered bread buttered-side up on top of Provolone cheese, sprinkle bread with remaining Italian seasoning and then top with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Remove hot baking sheet from oven. While wearing oven mitts, place hot baking sheet bottom-side down on top of grilled cheeses. Press down lightly, return to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove, slice crosswise, and serve with warmed pizza sauce on the side.
*These values are approximate. Per serving, based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.