Griddled Sourdough Pesto Turkey: A Special Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is amazing

This is easily one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. It’s something we stumbled upon this summer while combining stuff we had in the fridge. There’s something special about the crispy sour bread and the soft melted cheese inside combined with delicious contrasting flavors of a strong earthy pesto and stone ground mustard sharpness. I love this sandwich.



  1. Sourdough bread (we get ours from aldi or Costco.)
  2. Oven roasted turkey breast. Costco has some delicious thick cut turkey.
  3. Cheese. I’ve done both Colby and Havarti. Equally delicious. Pre-sliced havarti made it quicker to assemble, for obvious reasons.
  4. Pesto. Again, Costco has an amazing jar of pesto that works magnificently for this.
  5. Stone ground mustard.
  6. Butter, real.


  • Fire up the griddle. Get it medium hot.
  • Head to your food prep area.
  • Grab two slices of bread
  • Butter one side of both slices. I like to put one slice of bread face down, butter up. Then put the other slice on top of that, butter down, face up.
  • Pesto that thing up. It’s delicious. Make sure you put enough to taste.
  • Layer the turkey and cheese on top of the pesto.
  • Spread stone ground mustard on the top of the turkey/cheese.

At this point you should have a sandwich on a plate with one open face.

  • Bring your prepped sandwich out to the griddle (or multiple if you’re making a treat for a friend, or your whole family). Take the slice of bread with all the goods on it and put it butter down on the griddle. Your griddle should fit a bunch of these should the need arise. Put the other slice on top, butter side up!
  • Optional step: put the steaming/melting dome over the sandwich to speed the cheese melting and keep things soft inside.
  • Wait until that sandwich is a perfect golden brown on that first side. Flip it. Keep the dome on if the cheese isn’t melted yet.
Put that sammy on the griddle


Ideally you will have the crispiest thinnest layer of butter fried bread on the outside of the sourdough. Something magical happens there. The sour flavors with the butter. Yes please.

You might be asking yourself “why on a griddle?”. Because it’s awesome!!! Everything is better on the griddle. I haven’t figured out why yet. There is something right about the experience of cooking this sandwich on the griddle.

Here it is again. It’s amazing. I’m not kidding that it’s high in my top five sandwiches ever.

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