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Oprah’s Favorite Grilled Cheese Recipe

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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 recipe is our favorite too.
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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.
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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.
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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 grilled cheese recipe out and let me know how much you love it!
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How Do You Reheat a Grilled Cheese Sandwich?

The best way to reheat a grilled cheese sandwich is in a toaster oven.

Turn the toaster oven to 350 and place the sandwich in the oven without pre-heating.

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

3.85 from 51 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 sandwich


  • 2 slices Wheat Bread good quality
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Oprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 434mg19%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 894IU18%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 346mg35%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Sounds like an odd combo for a grilled cheese with honey but holy smokes is it amazing! I think this will be my go to grilled cheese from now on. Added a side of basil tomato soup with ground turkey (flavored like Italian sausage) for additional protein source and it’s a perfect dinner!

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    • Sounds amazing! Thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment!

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  • I love this sandwich,been eatting it for several weeks,I tried it per your directions,
    then I used Genivies Basel and Thia Basil at the same time,it really gave the sandwich a kick..

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    • Thank you! So glad you enjoy it!

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    • Thank you so much for the heads up! I will get in touch with them. Grrrrr!

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

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  • 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.

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    • Thank you so much, Vickie!

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  • 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!

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    • For breakfast?! Now that’s something I need to try!

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

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    • Isn’t it delicious?!

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  • 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!!

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    • That’s a fantastic idea!

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

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    • aren’t they yummy? So simple but still wonderful

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

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  • 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'

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • If its good for Oprah, its good for me!

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

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  • You’re welcome.

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  • 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!

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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

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  • (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.

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