These gooey sandwiches get double-grilled: the prosciutto-wrapped provolone is grilled first before being sandwiched on grilled baguette. “In a pinch, I’ll use Polly-O string cheese instead of provolone,” says Grace Parisi.
Hero sandwiches at the sub shop are usually served on untoasted rolls, but we prefer to brush the bread with olive oil and run it under the broiler for a minute or two. If you like, put a slice of mozzarella on the top half of each before broiling.
The best grilled cheese is the gooiest grilled cheese, says author Laura Werlin: “After you bite into it, the cheese should stretch out past your face as far as your arm will reach. Otherwise, it’s just not right.”
Deborah Madison became a hero to vegetarians in the late 1980s, when she published the Greens Cookbook. She owes her success to simple, inventive recipes like this open-faced sandwich, for which she cooks onions with smoked paprika until they’re soft, sweet and rich in flavor.
“Anything herby or vegetabley is usually great with Sauvignon Blanc,” says mkgallery’s Marcia Kiesel, since the wine often has an herbal, grassy edge. She adds grilled zucchini and a smoked-paprika pesto to her grilled cheese sandwiches to enhance the toasty flavors.
Daniel Humm’s broiled open-face cheese sandwiches make a terrific snack or a decadent lunch. They evoke classic Swiss fondue because they combine bubbling hot Gruyère with white wine and kirsch, a cherry-flavored spirit.