Grilled Havarti, Tomato & Basil Sandwich

One of my go to side dishes and a new series of posts all around our home building process (construction starts tomorrow!!) are coming soon, but first…one more recipe from the Magnolia Table cookbook! I warned y’all about this last time! I still don’t think anyone is complaining though, because who doesn’t love Chip and Jo and delicious, simple recipes! If you’re raising your hand right now I’m assuming you’ve stumbled upon this little blog by accident…but maybe you’ll stick around anyway because the food looks yummy and you’re a little curious now? Or maybe you’re interested in my movie/TV suggestions and my current favorite country song. Or…perhaps I think these things are more exciting than they actually are. What can I say, the little things in life make me pretty happy 🙂

Quick side note – it’s lightly storming right now. You know…steady rain, subtle rumbles of thunder, rare lightning. When it’s not scary (like tornado warning) thunderstorms are actually kind of soothing to me. I like writing during weather like this. It also makes me think of the Rainforest Cafe (specifically the one in Disney World) every time. End random thought.


This sandwich is another easy peasy lemon squeezy recipe and it tastes like summer! Few combinations are better to me than fresh basil and just picked tomatoes and then you add yummy melted cheese to the mix? Perfection. Joanna suggests havarti cheese because it melts well and she’s spot on there. Obvious by the photos isn’t it? If you don’t like that type of cheese though, I actually made a similar sandwich on my old blog back in the day! It calls for mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil. The bread is seasoned as well by rubbing garlic, brushing olive oil and sprinkling garlic pepper seasoning on each slice.


Back to that ‘exciting’ stuff. Last weekend we watched the movie Game Night; it is absolutely rental worthy! First of all, Jason Bateman. If he’s in the movie, I’m probably going to watch it. Second, it’s really entertaining and has some fun twists throughout! Yes, a handful of funny moments were in the previews, but there’s plenty others too! Bottom line…plan a fun date night at home and rent this movie! In the TV realm, we finally started season five of Silicon Valley which premiered in March! That’s because we don’t pay for HBO year round. Speaking of which, if any of you have Hulu already check into the deal we just took advantage of where you can get HBO through Hulu for $5 a month for five months! Awesome deal!! And then watch Silicon Valley, because this season has provided some good laughs already! You programmers and IT folks will especially appreciate the show! We’re also just getting started on season two of West World. There’s really not another show like it out there. Add that one to your list too.

Last but not least, ‘For the First Time’ by Darius Rucker is one of my favorite country songs right now! It’s so catchy and what a great reminder that we always need to venture out, try something new and have fun! Enjoy!


Grilled Havarti, Tomato & Basil Sandwiches

The perfect summertime lunch!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise* hellmann's
  • 8 slices french or country bread
  • 8 slices havarti cheese
  • 1 vine ripened tomato cut into 8 slices
  • leaves from 1 bunch fresh basil torn


  1. Spread the mayonnaise on both sides of each slice of bread. On 4 slices of bread, layer 1 slice of cheese, 2 tomato slices, basil leaves and another slice of cheese. Top each with remaining slices of bread.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Toast the sandwiches until browned on both sides and cheese melted, 4 to 7 minutes. Flip sandwiches halfway through.

  3. Slice each sandwich in half and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I wrote the recipe above as it's written in the Magnolia Table Cookbook. I've never used mayonnaise instead of butter when grilling sandwiches and wasn't feeling adventurous enough this particular day to switch things up! Either one works, just base it on your preference!

Have a beautiful day!

14 thoughts on “Grilled Havarti, Tomato & Basil Sandwich

    • wifey19

      haha fun fact – before he became a solo country artist he was actually the lead singer in the band Hootie & the Blowfish! and yes, you get silicon valley then, such a funny show!

  1. paleobeautyandthefoodie

    Havarti is one of my favorite cheeses and I love the way it melts so beautifully! This sandwich with the melted cheese & tomatoes has me drooling!

    • wifey19

      So good! Browsing food blogs can make you so hungry and it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, whatever you’re looking at you want it right then. At least I find that to be true anyway haha 🙂

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