Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich

Have you ever moved away from a place and longed for food from that favorite restaurant that you used to frequent? That is what happened to me when Ryan and I moved away from the Portland area. Ryan used to work in South East Portland and we would often go to lunch together at The Lucky Lab . It’s a typical pub with great beer and sandwiches and you can also bring your dog if you sit outside which is pretty cool. Whenever we would go I would always order the “Three Cheese Meltdown” on their menu. It would come perfectly grilled with 3 different kinds of cheese, salsa, mushrooms and pepperoncinis. This recipe is based on that sandwich.

If you have checked out my other Grilled Cheese Sandwich you can tell that I am a huge fan of more than just cheddar on my grilled cheese which is why this sandwich appealed to me so much. If you don’t care for the types of cheese I use go ahead and feel free to substitute your favorite. The Lucky Lab actually uses swiss cheese on their sandwich but I didn’t have any so I substituted provolone and it was just as delicious.

Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Serves 2 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup sliced small button mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • About 2 teaspoons fresh salsa
  • About 2 teaspoons pepperoncini
  • 4 slices cheddar ( I always use Tillamook)
  • 2 slices provolone
  • 2 slices pepperjack
  • 4 slices crusty french bread



In a small pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes or softened. Remove from heat and set aside.


On a flat grill or large pan, melt butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.


Meanwhile assemble the sandwiches. To assemble one sandwich: layer 2 pieces of cheddar, a tablespoon of prepared mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salsa, 1 teaspoon pepperoncini, 1 slice provolone and 1 slice pepperjack between two slices of french bread. Assemble the other sandwich.


Place in the grill pan, until bread is golden and cheese is melted.


Since I can't make it to Lucky Lab to get the original Three Cheese Meltdown this is the perfect alternative. It is a great lunch or even dinner when served with Homemade Potato Chips. Enjoy!

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    April 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    YUMMMMMM!!! I want some! :D

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      April 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

      Alright Memoria I’ll send some right over :)

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    April 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    You’re welcome val!
    Thanks Marta! I think if I moved away from my favorite sushi place that I would probably cry myself to sleep too! It is a little harder to recreate those wonderful dishes at home :(
    Thanks Kevin and Debbie!

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    April 27, 2009 at 6:55 am

    What a great grilled cheese sandwich. Love the different cheeses you used.

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    April 26, 2009 at 7:46 am

    That grilled cheese sandwich is packed full of goodness!

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    April 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I’m actually not a huge fan of cheddar (except for the very old, dry one), so I prefer other cheeses in my sandwiches as well, especially Italian cheeses! Provolone is one of my favorites so this recipe sounds amazing to me!
    Ever since i moved to the west I’ve missed my dearest sushi place so much… it hurts. I cry myself to sleep over it quite often :(

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    April 25, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Your version looks very tasty indeed! It’s chilly today, so I’m thinking soup & sandwich. Your grilled cheese sounds perfect! Thank you for sharing your version. ;o}