Fontina Grilled Cheese with Arugula & Truffle Oil*

This week has been nothing but overcast days and chilly nights. Jorge is gone on another business trip, which means it has been all about single girl dinners at my house. Cookies and Wine anyone?? So when I caught myself bundled up like a bag lady, watching Sweet Home Alabama on repeat, and eating a SlimJim with a glass of clearance merlot I bought at Winn Dixie…I realized, I needed a change of pace. If not for me, for the cats who were getting ready to call in the authorities.

So I dragged myself out of my stupor and went for some fancy comfort food. When most people talk about comfort food, they talk about Mac & Cheese or something that comes in a casserole dish. Don’t get me wrong, I can get down with some Mac & Cheese…but Grilled Cheese will always be where it’s at. It doesn’t matter if it’s upscale, or from a package of Kraft singles, I am there. Asking for seconds…and thirds.

There is just something magical about the crispy fresh toasted bread and the creamy melted cheese inside…I think that magical thing is called Carbs…but in case you didn’t know, carbs don’t count when they come in Grilled Cheese form. It’s a fact. A fact I made up, but a fact none the less.

So next time you get a comfort food hankerin’ (did I just say hankerin’ for the world to see?!), may I suggest this amazing Fontina Grilled Cheese? Fontina cheese is one of my favorites for a grilled cheese sandwich. It is the prefect mixture of creaminess and flavor. Plus, it melts perfectly every.single.time! Between the spicy undertones from the arugula, the earthy flavor of the truffle oil, and the smooth creaminess from the Fontina, I am sure you are going to fall in love. …and make yourself a second sandwich.



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Fontina Grilled Cheese with Arugula & Truffle Oil

Yield: 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

This grilled cheese is a delicious twist on the classic! What better way to satisfy your craving for cheese than smothered in Truffle Oil and peppered with fresh Arugula?


  • 2 large slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon Black Truffle Oil
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 oz Fontina cheese, sliced
  • a handful fresh arugula, roughly chopped


Preheat panini grill, or a large grill pan, to medium heat.

Using a pastry brush, or a silicone brush, brush truffle oil on one side of each slice of sourdough bread. Sprinkle the oiled side with pepper, to taste. Place oil side down on a chopping board.

Top one slice of bread with fontina cheese and arugula. Sandwich together and press gently. Place on preheated panini, or grill pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes --until cheese has melted. If using a grill pan, you will have to flip sandwich mid way through cooking. Devour immediately!



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28 Responses to “Fontina Grilled Cheese with Arugula & Truffle Oil”

  1. 1

    Tina @ mylifeasamrs — December 7, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    YUM. I want this… NOW!!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 7, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    so pretty! I love the grill marks on your panini :)

  3. 3

    Erica — December 7, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    This looks wonderfully delicious! And I think I have everything I need to make it right now. I think I will.

  4. 4

    raquel from Florida — December 7, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    wow and I’m hungry here……!

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    Bev Weidner — December 7, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I have just died and gone to fontina grilled cheese with arugula and truffle oil HEAVEN.

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    Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love — December 7, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    This looks so yummy!

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    Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty — December 7, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    i always have a hankerin for grilled cheese! That being said, i tend to dunk mine into a big fat glass of chocolate milk… not sure how the truffle oil will fare with that? maybe i’ll forgo the choco milk because the only thing i love more than cheesy bread and chocolate milk is truffle oil. yummy!

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    Mackenzie — December 7, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    I freaking LOVE truffle oil… this sandwich sounds fantastic.

  9. 9

    Nicole, RD — December 7, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Now THAT is a grilled cheese. Those photos…oh my gosh. They belong in a food magazine! So pretty!

  10. 10

    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 7, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    omg this is like my dream lunch.

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    Cassie — December 7, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    What a grown up grilled cheese. I love it. My husband still loves grilled cheese with Kraft singles. I will take it with any cheese as long as there’s lots of it!

  12. 12

    nicole {sweet peony} — December 7, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    now that’s a perfect grilled cheese! looks delicious!

  13. 13

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 7, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Now that is comfort food! But cookies and wine are good too.

  14. 14

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 7, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    I think I’d like a moment alone with this sandwich.

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    JulieD — December 7, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Looks beautiful, Jess! Love grilled cheeses! :)

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    Katrina — December 7, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Fontina is such a gem in sandwiches! Love this idea. Also, truffle oil rocks my world.

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    Joanne — December 7, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Given that I am (a) a single lady. (B) curled up at my computer in a blanket. and (c) passionate about fontina. I need this.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 7, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    This sounds decadent! And I swear, sometimes I am SO jealous of your life! I want to sit on the couch and watch movies with cheap merlot! And then travel all over country on the weekend. 😉

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    Lauren — December 8, 2011 @ 1:47 am

    Just got a panini press! I’m more than a little obsessed. Totally trying this!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — December 8, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Oh man I love a panini and you throw the word Fontina into anything and I’m in. “Roasted boot with fontina”…don’t mind if I do.

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — December 8, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    Cheese and arugula is simply where it’s at. Somehow my grilled cheese sammies never look as pretty as yours!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 8, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Holy crap that’s an amazing sandwich.

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    Alaina — December 9, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    Oh.em.gee. this looks so amazing. I already made a trip to Trader Joes today to buy the fontina and arugala…I am SO excited for lunch tomorrow. Thank you for dragging yourself out of your stupor! 😉

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    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — December 9, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    SO true that Carbs don’t count in Grilled Cheese! I LOVE grilled cheese, like a lot! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Lunch tomorrow? I think so :)

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