So. Um. It’s official.
I’m totally in love with cooked grapes.
I first had them here with fresh ricotta. Then gushed over them here with acorn squash.
And now this sandwich.
The Fontina is nutty, the grapes sweet. And the ciabatta’s nooks and crannies are perfect pockets to hold all that melted cheese.
Melted Fontina with Grapes on Ciabatta
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
• 4 Ciabatta rolls
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 8 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
• 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half lengthwise
• 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 3/4 teaspoon dried)
• salt and pepper to taste
Heat broiler with rack 6-inches from the heat.
Pull out some of the center of each piece of bread to create a pocket. Brush the outside of each piece with the olive oil. Place the 4 bottom pieces on your work surface, oiled side down. Distribute the cheese, grapes, and rosemary evenly over the 4 pieces. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet, along with the remaining 4 bread pieces, oiled side up.
Cook for about 3 minutes, keeping a careful eye that the bread doesn’t burn, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Remove from oven and compress the top bread halves with the bottom. Serve immediately and enjoy!
(adapted from Great Grilled Cheese)
Reader Questions and Reviews
This is such an awesome summery snack, too! It’s crazy how cooking fruit can change the flavor profile so much. Nom nom
OK. This is what I meant to post: “As I was clicking to get to your site I was wondering, what is Amy up to this time?! :) Muffuletta, thanks for the explanation. I always wondered what is it exactly. I am more familiar with the Moroccan pancake, mufletta which gets me completely confused. lol” btw this Melted Fontina with Grapes on Ciabatta ain’t looking shabby either! :)
I Loved this recipe, Amy. So much that I’m going to share some love back with you. Ready to have your cooked-grape-loving socks blown off? Get a bbq basket, toss your grapes in olive oil and and grill away until they have a little char… then top them with salty blue or gryere cheese while hot… You’re welcome!!!
All that gloriously melty salty cheese and the sweet roasted grapes…pretty sure a chill just went down my spine. The good kind.
I’ve never had cooked grapes either, but how could you go wrong with all that melted cheeeeeeeeeeeeese. YUM.
Okay, I’ve never had cooked grapes. But now I want to try them – WITH CHEESE.
That’s pretty kinky—being totally in love with grapes. Not even just one grape—but plural. Lol. Well I am totally in love with fontina cheese. Sooooo I might have to check out what kind of a couple grapes and fontina cheese is.
Mmmm, I love warm grapes! Add in the great cheese and breaD and I am smitten!
I so love fontina and well this sandwich just says it all with that melty cheese dripping over the side.
I’m dying to try this! I’ve never had cooked grapes either!
I must admit, I’ve never had cooked grapes and I don’t think I’ve ever had Fontina ~ but I love the combination of cold grapes with cheddar cheese, so I’m definitely going to be trying this! Soon!
Happy (almost) summer, Amy!
YUM, I would love this for lunch right now! :)
Melted fontina and grapes? You are a genius!!
Now that’s a great combo!
I need this sandwich in my life!
Sandwiches are a great summertime meal!
This looks amazing! I love the combination of sweet grapes with savory ingredients.
Until you’ve had cooked grapes, you never know delicious they are! I love that you put them on a sandwich, so yummy!
I have never tried cooked grapes, but you sure make them sound good
I have had this sandwich on my mind all day. It looks so tasty and I will be making it VERY soon!
This has my tastebuds doing cartwheels thinking about it! Hello lunch.
What a treat! I will have to make this for my husband!
Love the fruit and cheese combo!
I’ve never tried cooked grapes but I bet I would love it and I love fontina cheese, so gooey!
Grapes are my favorite fruit of all time but I’ve never had them cooked! Love this idea!
I second the sausages roasted with grapes!!! My recipe comes from Fine Cooking and is served with polenta.
I love cooked grapes, too. I have made Ina’s roasted sausages & grapes, delicious! I can’t wait to try this sandwich!