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Misto Quente, Grilled Cheese, & Panini

Misto Quente Grilled Cheese and Panini

Misto Quente, Grilled Cheese, & Panini.

They all have a warm place in my…tummy. If you are from the USA, you know what a grilled cheese sandwich is. It’s usually made of two pieces of sliced bread holding a piece of cheese in between. This sandwich is usually grilled on both sides until the cheese is melted into a blob of goo. In Brazil, misto quente is usually the warm sandwich of choice. The difference between a grilled cheese and a misto quente is ham. Misto quente takes me way back to my childhood, where I used to eat one of these delicious sandwiches every day. And, if I was lucky, the melted cheese poked out of the bread and had a few extra moments to crisp up on the griddle. Panini, on the other hand, is something I discovered after I started dating my Italian husband, not that his Italian roots had anything to do with getting me acquainted with this delicious sandwich. A few weeks after we started dating, we walked into a panini shop. The smells, the taste, and the warm melted cheese took me right back to Brazil. It sounds simple to put some ingredients between two pieces of bread and warm it up, but to make a scrumptious sandwich like that takes a little preparation. Here’s the recipe for a four-cheese grilled sandwich:
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian


  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese medium sharp
  • 1 slice of mozzarella cheese low moisture
  • 1/4 parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 pecorino romano shredded
  • 2 slices of bread white, wheat, etc
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Other Possible Extra Ingredients

  • Sliced grilled chicken or prosciutto
  • mayo, pesto sauce, or your favorite sauce
  • Any micro-greens
  • Tomato
  • Onions


  • Place the cheddar and mozzarella cheese between the two pieces of bread.
  • Butter the outside of both pieces of bread.
  • Mix the pecorino romano and parmesan cheeses together in a shallow dish.
  • Press the buttered sandwich on the mixed shredded cheeses to make a cheese crust.
  • In a pan or on a griddle place the sandwich on medium heat for 2 minutes per side.
  • Keep flipping the sandwich until the cheese melts on the inside and the cheese on the outside makes a beautiful crust.


Slice the sandwich on the diagonal and ENJOY!
The pictured sandwich was made with homemade sourdough bread.
Enjoy your FOOD and your MONEY that’s abeancountersway.com/to-cooking

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