Oprah’s Favorite Grilled Cheese

 Oh sweet little piece of deliciousness. This sandwich has become one of our absolute favorites. Oprah’s Favorite Grilled Cheese with havarti, tomato, basil, honey and whole wheat bread. We eat it at least once a week. 🙂 Oprah’s favorite grilled cheese is our favorite too.
Oprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese with havarti, tomato, basil, honey and whole wheat bread #sandwich #recipe ohsweetbasil.com
I guess she had it on her show and my sister hurried and tried it at her house and then called me to make sure I made it as well. It’s fantastic!!! The sandwich has a caprese feel which is one of my favorite flavors in case you couldn’t tell be this pasta caprese, baked caprese crepes, roasted tomato caprese soup with mini mozzarella grilled cheese bite croutons (seriously to die for), and garlic basil caprese burgers.
Oprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese with havarti, tomato, basil, honey and whole wheat bread #sandwich #recipe ohsweetbasil.com

Everyone we’ve ever made these for has been so hesitant about the ingredients list, whole wheat bread, havarti cheese, fresh basil, garden tomatoes, and honey. Yes, honey. And trust me it’s exactly what the sandwich needs. It’s like a little twist on the classic caprese flavors.
Oprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese with havarti, tomato, basil, honey and whole wheat bread #sandwich #recipe ohsweetbasil.com
You guys are going to devour this. The honey makes this sandwich. There is such wonderful flavor with the sweet honey, the creaminess of the cheese and then the basil cuts through and oh my gosh!!!!
Try this out and let me know how much you love it!
Oprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese with havarti, tomato, basil, honey and whole wheat bread #sandwich #recipe ohsweetbasil.com

Is Grilled Cheese Fattening?

Grilled cheese sandwiches tend to be high in calories and fat.

There are ways to make lower fat and calorie grilled cheese.

Choose bread with lower calories, and use a cheese that is lower in fat.


What Are The Benefits Of Eating Tomatoes?

Tomatoes have been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.


Is Wheat Bread Better Than White Bread?

White bread is made from flour that has had the bran and germ removed from the grain.

Bran and germ contain important fiber and vitamins.



Oprah’s Favorite Grilled Cheese

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Oprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas
Keyword: basil, food, grilled cheese, havarti, honey, lunch, oprah, recipe, sandwich, vegetarian
Servings: 1 sandwich
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 2 slices of good quality wheat bread
  • 2 Slices Havarti Cheese
  • 2-4 Slices Vine Ripe Tomato
  • Honey
  • Fresh Basil


  • Spread a thin layer of honey on each slice of bread.
  • Top with cheese, tomato, basil (2-3 leaves) and another slice of cheese.
  • You can butter the bread, or we just use a little olive oil or nothing at all.
  • Grill in a pan over medium heat until golden on each side.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.1g | Protein: 20.4g | Cholesterol: 57.1mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 5.7g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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27 comments on “Oprah’s Favorite Grilled Cheese”

  1. Yum! Simple and tasty! My kind of meal.

  2. 5 stars
    Just had one of these for dinner and it was delicious! It was so good, I had to put a picture on my Facebook page with this link for all my friends to see.

  3. I have been making these for the past 3 days for breakfast. I can’t believe how easy it is to make. The taste of honey(I reduced the amount) and basil just wow-ed me!

  4. Ok that really works and then with a tomato basil soup.
    total time maybe 15 – 20 minutes.

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  6. This is soooo going on my menu for tonite! It’s summer and I think this would be perfect to go alongside a cold buffet type of dinner. I’m going to make a bunch of them and slice them in 4s so people can take as many as they’d like. Thanks!!

  7. Just made a couple of these for dinner tonight~ yum!

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  9. I am SALIVATING. I love Havarti cheese on grilled cheese, but I've never thought to add tomato or basil. Delicious!

  10. You have to try brushing the outside of the bread w/parmesean garlic butter. Melt the butter then add the garlic powder and parm cheese…YUM Add some bacon and avocado and now your talkin'

  11. I saw this episode of Oprah and made the sandwich a couple days later…it is soooo good. I'm about to make it in a few minutes and ran across this site since I wanted to make sure I had all the right ingredients.

  12. This looks amazing! I can’t wait until the fresh basil in the backyard springs up again. I use it in everything.
    And it is totally great if you want to post the pesto pizza. I am glad you liked it!

  13. If its good for Oprah, its good for me!

  14. Oh man, I am all over this sandwich!! So delish!!

  15. Oh ladies, I know the honey sounds weird, in fact Cade almost didn’t want one til he saw me making them. It seriously is delicious and you will find your self wanting to make up other sandwiches with honey now!

  16. Honey, huh? Interesting. I will have to try it!

  17. sounds delish. i’m excited to try it.

  18. i have to make this one. yesterday i made your sweet potatoe hash. looooved it. thanks for always putting yummy simple recipes on your blog.

  19. Hey Carrian! This sounds delicious! I’m a huge fan of anything with tomato and basil. I LOVE fresh tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes are a little squishy for my tastes sometimes. The honey seems an odd thing to add to this sandwich, but I’ll have to give it a try!

  20. I use to feel that way about tomatoes too, but now I’m in love with bruschetta. The sandwich looks great!

  21. (Don’t tell–I feel the same way about fresh tomatoes! I’m still trying, too. They have to be really good or forget it.)

    I just discovered Havarti for grilled cheese in December. My husband was like, “Oh, yeah. Havarti. It’s great melted.” Hah! It is good.

    I’m putting this on the list of Things To Make From Sweet Basil.