Make your own satisfying, crusty sandwich in this signature Sara Stirs Strawberry Festival edition

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Savory & Sweet Festival Sandwich

Ingredients (for 2 sandwiches):

  • 4 slices crusty bread
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 4 oz sharp white cheddar, grated
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 2 cocktail tomatoes sliced thinly
  • 3-5 strawberries sliced thinly
  • 1 jalapeño sliced thinly
  • Honey for finishing

Ingredients for the compound butter:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves (or regular thyme)
  • Salt to taste
Sara Stirs’ Savory & Sweet Festival Sandwich


  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, cook prosciutto until crispy on each side. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all compound butter ingredients (see recipe above).
  3. Salt the tomatoes and let them sit 5-10 minutes. Squeeze out most of the juice (this keeps the grilled cheeses from becoming soggy).

Sandwich assembly:

  1. Butter the outside of each slice of bread.
  2. Divide the cheese combo into 4 portions and layer 1 portion of cheese, tomatoes, strawberries, jalapeño slices, 2 slices of prosciutto and a second portion of cheese. Then repeat.
  3. Grill in a skillet (cast iron preferred) over medium-low to medium heat, covered until golden on each side.
  4. Remove from skillet and place on a wire rack to cool for 3-5 minutes (this keeps the sandwich crispy). Drizzle with honey to finish.

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