This sandwich is enormously popular in Italian caffès. It is related to the French croque monsieur and to our grilled ham and cheese, only here the ham is imported prosciutto di Parma and the cheese is fontina. If your toaster doesn’t come with the traditional European drop-in cage attachment, or if you don’t have an electric sandwich griddle, you can make this in a sauté pan or on a stovetop griddle. Weight it down with a lid to speed browning.
For each sandwich, place a slice of fontina on
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