Easy and delicious grilled cheese!! With skillet roasted potatoes, basil pesto and pepper jack cheese!
Bringing yet another lunch box favorite.
A huge hit at school lunch table...
Kids love it!
It is bread, cheese and potato after all.
Don't own a waffle maker? Cook sandwiches in a regular skillet, just like any grilled cheese.
This recipe is a simpler and a kid friendly version of that.
More recipes with jarred pesto:
Potato Pesto Sandwich
- 2 Yukon gold or yellow potatoes (medium- large), about 1 pound or 450 grams
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 slices buttermilk bread (may use any white/ wheat bread)
- 4 teaspoons mayonnaise
- ½ cup basil pesto
- 4 slices pepper jack or Monterey jack cheese
- Peel, halve and cut potatoes into ¼-inch thick slices. Toss together sliced potatoes, salt, pepper and garlic powder together.
- Heat a 9-inch non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and as soon as the oil gets moderately hot, add potatoes, stir well. Cover pan with a lid, cook (stirring every 2-3 minutes), until potatoes are tender, about 9-12 minutes (a knife inserted into one or two pieces should go in without any resistance). Don't worry if any of the potatoes break apart while stirring. It's all going to be covered any way. Take pan off heat and continue making sandwiches
- Preheat a waffle iron.
- Spread some mayo one side of each bread slices. Place 4 slices (mayo side down) on a plate. Spread 2 tablespoons basil pesto on each slice, top with ¼th cooked potatoes, a slice of cheese and top with remaining bread (mayo side up).
- Cook sandwiches, one at a time, close waffle iron and cook until deep golden and crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Repeat with remaining sandwiches, serve immediately (if not, refer notes)
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I make a similar sandwich for my sister..And she loves waffles.. Thanks to this recipe.. I am going to make this the next time..I am sure she will love it! Thanks Maria 🙂
Thanks dear, she'll totally love it:)
Helloooo deliciousness! These look so divine, and I seriously love the waffle iron idea. Definitely putting these on the dinner menu soon!
Thank you very much Karly:)
Karl @ Healthy Kreation
Wow, this is such a great idea for a school lunch. Been on the lookout for these types of recipes. Thanks for sharing this.
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
Just FYI that I'm coming over for lunch today. This looks unbelievably good!
I have my skillet going already, so I can have it hot when you come over. Thanks dear:)
Ashika @ Gardening Foodie
This is pure torture, Maria....I am looking at this gorgeously delicious grilled cheese with pesto and potatoes and trying not to eat my computer screen. I love this recipe. Definitely making this for lunch( not just for the kids... but for me too!!!!)
Thank you dear, we love it and you will too:)
Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
I want to eat this so bad right now!!!! Yum!!!!!
Katherine | Love In My Oven
How have I never thought of a potato in a sandwich!? This is pure genius. What a great idea!! My husband always wants me to make him a fancy sandwich when he's at home on the weekend and he would LOVE this!
Thanks to the humble, versatile potatoes:)
heather (delicious not gorgeous)
ahhh so golden!! and this actually sounds like a good waffling idea. i've done cornbread and brownies in a waffle maker but find myself missing the thickness and fluffy/fudgy textures. this on the other hand lends itself perfectly to maximum crispiness :3
You totally got it Heather. It takes a plain old grilled cheese to new heights!!