Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Turkey and Havarti

Whole wheat bread, basil pesto, turkey, tomato, and havarti – done!

Basil pesto and grilled cheese are kind of made for each other.  Especially when you use Havarti cheese and add turkey and tomato to top it off.

That is, unless you’re my husband.  He would disagree because he doesn’t like pesto.

Oh, well.  More for me!  Feel free to leave off the pesto if you are in the not-a-fan-of-pesto camp with Casey.  The turkey, Havarti cheese, and tomato will still make a wonderfully tasty sandwich on their own.

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Pesto Grilled Cheese with Turkey and Havarti -KintheKitchen

I threw these sandwiches together on a whim for dinner last night, and was pleasantly surprised by how well they turned out.

Isn’t it funny how things happen that way?  Some days I have what seems like an incredible idea for a new recipe, and it turns out to be completely disappointing.   Then another day I have a simple idea that I’m kind of indifferent about, but decide to give it a try anyway, and wham!  Best meal ever.

Pesto Grilled Cheese with Turkey and Havarti--KintheKitchen

I served our sandwiches with some sweet potato baked fries on the side.  You can find the recipe for my fries here.

Pesto Grilled Cheese with Turkey and Havarti- KintheKitchen

I’m thinking that these Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Turkey and Havarti need to happen again soon around here, but I’ll just eat all the pesto myself and give Casey a sandwich without it. 😉

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Turkey and Havarti

  • Servings: 2 sandwiches
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  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/3 lb. thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons basil pesto
  • 2-3 Tablespoons butter


Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread.  Place bread slices, butter sides up, on skillet over medium heat and let toast until butter is beginning to melt.  Decrease heat slightly.

Flip two slices over with spatula so that butter sides are facing down.  Moving quickly, spread half of the pesto on each of those two slices.  (Be careful not to burn yourself!)  Top each with a slice of cheese, half of the turkey, half of the tomato, and another slice of cheese.  Place the two remaining bread slices on top with butter side facing up.

Grill until underside of each sandwich is golden brown, flip, and grill until other side is golden brown.

~ K in the Kitchen


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