Let’s talk about this ultimate tomato and fontina grilled cheese Funwich ! So, you’re wondering: what the heck is a Funwich ?! And why not just call it a Grilled Cheese …?!
Well, it just wouldn’t do it justice and in reality a Funwich is a cross between a grilled cheese and a panini. It is definitely not what you would expect to get when you order a grilled cheese.
A Funwich is a decadent sandwich grilled to a golden crisp perfection, (always on a cast iron griddle, never on a hot electric plate ) and filled with cheesy goodness and a delicious surprise.
My favorite one of all times is the Tomato, Basil and Fontina grilled cheese Funwich, the essence of summer enveloped in a gooey blanket of nutty Fontina cheese. And then, right after that is the spinach and artichoke panino mingled with creamy smoked mozzarella, the one that will surely make you forget about the artichoke dip.
This is how I indulge kids, I savour every single crunchy gooey bite to the limits.
The secret to the ultimate grilled cheese panini is mostly in the cheese. You want to start with a nice wholesome melting cheese like organic fontina, mozarella or sharp cheddar. And you want to make sure it is grated. This way it melts perfectly without your panini burning waiting for the cheese to melt.
- 2 slices sourdough loaf
- 1 c fontina cheese shredded
- 2 heirloom tomatoes sliced
- 4 leaves basil thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 tbs salted butter softened
Butter one side of each slice of bread and top one slice with half of the cheese. Top with the tomato slices, basil and the rest of the cheese. Top with the other slice of bread.
Meanwhile heat up a cast iron grill skillet on medium low heat. Set the grilled cheese funwich in the hot skillet buttered side down, loosely cover with aluminum foil and let cook slowly on low flame for about 5 min or until golden brown. Flip the funwich with a spatula, loosely cover and cook for another 5 min or until golden and the cheese has melted.
Let cool for a couple of minutes then slice in half and serve.