I guess I should stop here and define what I mean by "fancy." I pretty much mean anything that is not a too-small, too-thin slice of processed cheese enclosed in dry, white sandwich bread and toasted or (gasp) microwaved until the bread is barely colored or the cheese is barely melted. Fancy means fresh bread filled with generous amounts of flavorful cheese(s) and other ingredients and lovingly buttered and toasted until deeply colored and oozy.
The Mister had too many of the plain, "non-fancy" grilled cheese sandwiches growing up and now has a real aversion to any grilled cheese that hasn't been, in his words, doctored up. So to kick off a series of my three favorite fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, I bring you the Mister's favorite: grilled provolone with pesto and roasted red peppers.
I made focaccia the other day so I used that as the base of the sandwich, sliced in half and layered with delicious ingredients. Generally I try to make everything from scratch, but in a moment of weakness I recently bought a jar of pesto from Costco so I used that and I have to say, it's better than most pesto I've had.
The recipe for fancy grilled cheese is below and you may not need to know how to cook a grilled cheese sandwich, but I will list the variations to make my favorites and that's worth downloading right there. Just click to download and you're good to go.