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Mushroom Fontina Melt


Mushroom, shallot, and melted cheese is a match made in sandwich heaven. Shallots and balsamic vinegar add a bit of sharp bite, and fontina has natural notes of woodsy earthiness, making it the perfect thing to melt on top. 


  • 8 Ounces mixed mushrooms, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 Teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mixed herbs, such as thyme, parsley, and tarragon
  • 4 large slices bread, such as Tuscan bread
  • 3 Ounces Fontina cheese


Heat a saute pan until hot. Add the mushrooms, lower the heat to medium, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cook until mushrooms release liquid and start to brown and wilt, 3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon oil and continue cooking until mushrooms are softened. Add the shallots and saute for 3 minutes longer, adding more oil if needed. Pour in the vinegar and cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes. Stir in the herbs.

Spread some of the oil onto 1 side of the bread slices, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Heat the remaining oil in a large saute pan. Lay the cheese over 2 of the bread slices, and top evenly with the mushrooms. Add all 4 bread slices to the pan. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, and then cover and continue cooking until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes longer. Assemble and serve.