Melted Fontina with Grapes on Ciabatta

Melted Fontina with Grapes on Ciabatta

by Amy Flanigan on May 29, 2014 · 27 comments

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. 

Melted Fontina with Grapes on Ciabatta

The Fontina is nutty, the grapes sweet.  And the ciabatta’s nooks and crannies are perfect pockets to hold all that melted cheese.

110% swoon.

Melted Fontina with Grapes on Ciabatta
Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
• 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

Directions
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)

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Stephanie July 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

This is such an awesome summery snack, too! It’s crazy how cooking fruit can change the flavor profile so much. Nom nom

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foodwanderings June 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

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! :)

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MrsRodStewart June 3, 2014 at 9:07 am

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!!!
:-)

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Joanne June 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

All that gloriously melty salty cheese and the sweet roasted grapes…pretty sure a chill just went down my spine. The good kind.

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Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) June 2, 2014 at 7:06 am

I’ve never had cooked grapes either, but how could you go wrong with all that melted cheeeeeeeeeeeeese. YUM.

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 2, 2014 at 6:56 am

Okay, I’ve never had cooked grapes. But now I want to try them – WITH CHEESE.

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea June 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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.

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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) June 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

Mmmm, I love warm grapes! Add in the great cheese and breaD and I am smitten!

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Susan May 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I so love fontina and well this sandwich just says it all with that melty cheese dripping over the side.

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Jessica (Savory Experiments) May 31, 2014 at 5:57 am

I’m dying to try this! I’ve never had cooked grapes either!

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Dani H May 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

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!

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Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled May 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

YUM, I would love this for lunch right now! :)

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Lauren Kelly Nutrition May 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

Melted fontina and grapes? You are a genius!!

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Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com May 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

Now that’s a great combo!

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Nutmeg Nanny May 30, 2014 at 7:29 am

I need this sandwich in my life!

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Marly May 30, 2014 at 6:56 am

Sandwiches are a great summertime meal!

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Angie May 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

This looks amazing! I love the combination of sweet grapes with savory ingredients.

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Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) May 30, 2014 at 4:53 am

Until you’ve had cooked grapes, you never know delicious they are! I love that you put them on a sandwich, so yummy!

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christine May 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I have never tried cooked grapes, but you sure make them sound good

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom May 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I have had this sandwich on my mind all day. It looks so tasty and I will be making it VERY soon!

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Paula - bell'alimento May 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

This has my tastebuds doing cartwheels thinking about it! Hello lunch.

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Ginny McMeans May 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

What a treat! I will have to make this for my husband!

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Stephanie @ Back For Seconds May 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Love the fruit and cheese combo!

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Brenda@SugarFreeMom May 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I’ve never tried cooked grapes but I bet I would love it and I love fontina cheese, so gooey!

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Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes May 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

Grapes are my favorite fruit of all time but I’ve never had them cooked! Love this idea!

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Andrea May 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

I second the sausages roasted with grapes!!! My recipe comes from Fine Cooking and is served with polenta.

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Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} May 29, 2014 at 6:41 am

I love cooked grapes, too. I have made Ina’s roasted sausages & grapes, delicious! I can’t wait to try this sandwich!

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