Grilled Cheese Italiano Recipe

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3 tablespoons butter, softened
8 slices whole-grain bread
8 oz fontina or Swiss cheese, shredded (2 cups)
8 thin slices prosciutto or ham
24 fresh basil leaves
8 slices (1/4 inch) ripe tomatoes (about 2 medium)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Heat griddle or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
2. Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Layer unbuttered side of 4 of the bread slices with 1/4 cup of the cheese, 2 slices of the prosciutto, 6 of the basil leaves and 2 of the tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top each with 1/4 cup of the remaining cheese and remaining bread slice, buttered side up.
3. In hot skillet, heat sandwiches 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted and bread is browned. Turn sandwiches over; heat 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and sandwich is golden brown.

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