Grilled Cheese with Corn and Calabrian Chile


Nancy Silverton’s L.A. restaurant Pizzeria Mozza celebrates unfussy, straightforward, focused food that uses fresh California produce. This upgraded grilled cheese by the 1990 F&W Best New Chef alum is filled with a charred sweet corn-studded blend of nutty English cheddar, sharp caciocavallo, and just enough mayonnaise to bind it all together. Thick slices of sourdough get a beautifully buttery, golden crust in a cast iron skillet, while Calabrian chile sneaks in with just the right amount of heat. Satisfyingly rich, sharp, and indulgent, the cheese filling is a knockout on burgers, or even as a hot dip with crackers and crudités.

Grilled Cheese with Corn and Calabrian Chile Recipe
Photo: Photo by Tara Donne / Food Styling by Chris Lanier / Prop Styling by Raina Kattelson
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 sandwiches


  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels

  • 3 ounces English-style cheddar cheese (such as Keen’s), shredded (about 3/4 cup)

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 ounce caciocavallo cheese or provolone cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions

  • 1 medium-size jarred Calabrian chile, stemmed and finely chopped (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3 ounces), softened

  • 12 (1/3-inch-thick) sourdough bread slices


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high until smoking. Add corn kernels, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and charred in spots, about 3 minutes. Transfer corn to a large bowl, and let cool 10 minutes. Wipe out skillet, and set aside.

  2. Add cheddar, mayonnaise, caciocavallo, shallot, scallions, chile, salt, and garlic to corn; stir to combine. Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Place 6 bread slices, buttered sides down, on a piece of parchment paper, and top evenly with cheese mixture (about 1/3 cup each); spread cheese mixture in an even layer. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered sides up.

  3. Heat cast-iron skillet over medium. Working in batches, cook sandwiches until golden brown and toasted, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead

Cheese filling mixture can be made up to 3 days in advance, covered, and stored in refrigerator.

Suggested Pairing

Ripe Southern Italian red.

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