Garlicky Avocado Grilled Cheese with Tomato Pesto

by heidi on March 19, 2014

I’d have to admit, this post is all about the goo. And maybe a little avocado to compliment the garlicky plot.

Garlicky Avocado Tomat Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I love cheese. And if you’ve followed this blog for a nanosecond you’d know why. Maybe thanks to this and this and this.

We all have our weaknesses.

But recently I’ve felt a disconnect. I felt something’s been missing. I’ve missed my grilled cheese.

Maybe it’s because I know that Grilled Cheese Month is nearly here. So I started brainstorming some tasty combos I hope you’ll love.  Hey, tell me, what do you love, anyway? The comments below are a great place to say.

Garlicky Avocado Tomat Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This year, I’ll be judging the Grilled Cheese Showdown again—keep your eyes peeled for a big announcement where you’ll be able to join the party. Coming soon.

But really my weakness lies in my favorite pitted fruit of the gods, the almighty avocado.

The key to this recipe is the herbed up garlic butter. It’s pretty much a must have on any savory griller.

So let’s make a decadent cheesy avocado sandwich to seal the cheesy deal. I did remember the cheese, right?

I’m such a romantic that way.

About the recipe:

The key to this recipe is the butter mix. Adding garlic, onion and pretty much any herb to give a little jump to the crust is a do not miss. The butter mix makes the bread pieces crispy, crusty and perfectly garlicked that will only showcase the creamy center.

When it comes to store bought sun dried tomato pesto, I use this store bought brand from Delallo. But if you want to make your own, Cassie’s recipe is my go-to-get-the-delicious-flavor done recipe to make. I went the easy route this way around and used the store bought brand.

I used Wisconsin Cheese’s Provolone, a cheese that is extra melty. The proof is in the pudding aka these photos. If you’re planning on using a provolone yourself, be sure to allow for extra post-cooking melting time aka once you pull from the pan. Because this cheese will keep melting. And depending on how much you use, it could look neat and tidy, or like a gooey, delicious, mouthwatering mess. I errored on the mess. But, whatever. It tastes divine.

Garlicky Avocado Grilled Cheese with Tomato Pesto

Garlicky Avocado Grilled Cheese with Tomato Pesto


3 tablespoons salted butter
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 slices whole wheat white bread, or bread of your choice
1 tablespoon sun dried tomato pesto
1/2 avocado, mashed
4-5 slices provolone cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, dried thyme and mash together.
  2. Spread onion garlic butter mix on one side of each slice of bread, then flip the bread buttered side down.
  3. Layer the bottom slice of bread with a few slices of provolone, then add the mashed avocado and the sun dried tomato pesto. Top with the remaining provolone cheese and the other piece of bread. Spread with the butter mixture.
  4. Place a large non-stick pan on a burner over low and add the olive oil and a bit of the extra butter mixture. Add the sandwich and cover with a lid. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden, checking in to see that bread is slowly cooking and doesn't get too brown.
  5. Flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasty golden and the cheese has melted. The second side will cook faster than the first so watch it carefully. Enjoy hot.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 19, 2014 at 5:42 am

Oh my goodness… this looks brilliant Heidi! You definitely have a knack for glamming up the standard grilled cheese. I’m not even that big of a cheese fan, but you’ve got me practically drooling over this one!


Cassie March 19, 2014 at 6:25 am

We are on the same page of grilled-cheese-love. I’ve been counting down the days to April and I can’t wait to celebrate. Thanks for loving on my pesto!


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 19, 2014 at 6:51 am

I can’t wait for grilled cheese month too. I’m pretty sure I could eat this every single day.


Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion March 19, 2014 at 7:06 am

I love grilled cheese, you can put just about anything in them… love this combo


Kathryn March 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

You’ve very cleverly managed to combine all of my favourite things in one epic sandwich!


Kathy @ Olives & Garlic March 19, 2014 at 8:19 am

I have tried all kinds of pesto’s but have yet to try a tomato one. I agree with Kathryn, this is definitely an epic sandwich.


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 19, 2014 at 8:30 am

Cheese AND garlic butter? I might faint.


Kate @Almond Butter Binge March 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

Usually I try to write something insightful and coherent in these comments…but I swear, the only think I could think after looking at that first photo was “OMG YUM.” So there you have it. Thanks, as always, for this recipe!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 19, 2014 at 9:21 am

Such a fab grilled cheese, love the tomato pesto!


Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet March 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

Yes, please! This looks and sounds fantastic!


Caleb March 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

This is a great change to the traditional grilled cheese. When it comes to making a grilled cheese sandwich, the type of cheese you use will determine how good your grilled cheese will taste. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking March 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

So you know I am asucker for cheese too. But that crusty herby buttery bread is soooo major!!!


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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 20, 2014 at 6:59 am

This grilled cheese is my dream freaking recipe. I love it!


Christine @ Cooking with Cakes March 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

girrrl all you have to say is garlicky + grilled cheese and I am there! love how this is so simple yet the flavor combo creates something amaaazing.


Karen @ SoupAddict March 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Garlicky butter and cheesy avocado. I’m with Kate on this one … I’m kind of speechless right now. Wow, gimmee! (There, I managed something.)


Jennie @themessybakerblog March 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

I’m so glad you’re all about the goo, because I’m all about the goo, too. Love this combo! All that goo is making my heart flutter.


Vicky March 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

Sounds incredible! I love all things avocado and recently made a grilled cheese with avocados and basil pesto myself. Will have to try adding more spices next time : ))


Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures March 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The best sandwiches are always gooey!


bev @ bevcooks March 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

This. Is. Ridiculously. Wonderful.


The Healthy Apple March 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

LOVE this Heidi; just made this tonight and it was fabulous! Love the flavor combo! xoox


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