Prosciutto, Persimmon, and Habanero Grilled Cheese (plus a Rumiano Cheese Giveaway!)

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October! The month of so many wonderful things.

At the risk of being this girl, though…

…I’ll spare you from talking about them. But I will tell you that it’s non-GMO month! If you aren’t familiar with GMOs (genetically modified organisms, or Frankenfoods if you like more colorful language), you can find out more at the official non-GMO month website, or at the non-GMO project. It’s certainly a controversial issue, and will be a debate for many years to come. No matter what you decide though, the more educated voices there are in the conversation, the better. Let’s have some grilled cheese and talk about important issues facing our food supply today; how about it?

Rumiano Cheese contacted me about hosting a cheese giveaway for non-GMO month, and I couldn’t say yes quickly enough. I was already a fan–they are the world’s first cheesemaker certified by the non-GMO project and, equally importantly, they make fantastic cheese. For evidence, look no further than that beast of a grilled cheese sandwich, oozing with their Habanero Jack.

It’s savory, sumptuous, spicy, melty AND free of genetic shenanigans.

I actually visited Rumiano’s HQ in Crescent City, way way north on the California coast, last year. Small world, no? Anyway, just look at this place.  Tell me you don’t want to move here and spend your days beach-bumming, hanging out with sea lions, crabbing and eating fine local cheese.

It’s no wonder such lovely cheese comes from there. Thanks to the fine folks of Rumiano, I can hook you up with some–FIVE free cheeses, to be exact. Rumiano’s catalog ranges from your traditional cheddar, mozzarella, and colby to aged dry jack (a personal favorite) to all kinds of flavored, smoked creations. (Lavender jack, anyone?) All are natural and free of hormones and GMOs, and the company is committed to sustainability efforts to boot (swoon, I know). Anyhow, read on for details!

I feel silly writing you a “recipe” for grilled cheese. You know how to make grilled cheese. I’m just saying: Rumiano’s Habanero Jack. Prosciutto. Persimmons!  If you have persimmons around, they’re likely one of two varieties: hachiya (sort of acorn-shaped) and fuyu (short and squat). You want fuyu persimmons for this: hachiyas are basically just used for baking, because they tend to be very astringent until they’re squishy and ripe (and at that point, they’re quite squishy). We’re after slices here.

If you don’t have persimmons around or otherwise want other ideas, I think mango would be a great choice, too–it was my first instinct, actually. But I’d already done that, and persimmons are oh-so-seasonal and also wonderfully sweet. In any case, sweet orange fruit on your grilled cheese! Do it.

Now, as for the giveaway! Winner gets coupons for five free Rumiano cheeses (8 oz. block or 6 oz. slice packages). Sadly, I cannot ship you a hot, cheesy sandwich to go along with them, but free cheese will surely motivate you to make one or two, no?

Whole Foods tends to carry Rumiano nationwide, and also, the store locator is here to help you find the goods in your area. To enter, by next Monday (October 21) night (Midnight, Pacific time, etc. etc.), just leave me a comment.Tell me anything! Tell me what you think about GMOs. Tell me what you love most about October. Tell me what your favorite kind of cheese is. Tell me if you’d rather be a crab fisher(wo)man or seal trainer.

I’ll choose a winner via some sort of techy random poll and send you an email (so please leave a valid one).

…But wait, there’s more!

Rumiano is also hosting its 2nd annual Big Cheese Sweepstakes.  It runs through the entire month of October, which means you still have over half the month to go to enter to win a year’s supply of cheese! Long story short, it takes just a minute–small price to pay for a chance at the best (or very close) year of your life. Click here to enter.

(Disclosure: I was provided coupons for this giveaway by Rumiano Cheese, but opinions are my own, etc. etc.)

Prosciutto, Persimmon, and Habanero Grilled Cheese
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
  1. 2 slices sturdy bread of your choice
  2. Softened butter
  3. 2-3 ounces Habanero Jack cheese, shredded
  4. 3 slices prosciutto
  5. About 1/2 a fuyu persimmon, peeled and sliced
  1. Butter both slices of bread generously, all the way to the edges.
  2. Sprinkle about a third of the cheese on each non-buttered bread side, then top the slices with prosciutto and persimmon, respectively. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on one of those sides and close the sandwich.
  3. Cook in a preheated skillet over medium-low heat until well browned and melted in the middle (about 4 minutes per side, but check and flip if it starts to get too browned).
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34 Responses to Prosciutto, Persimmon, and Habanero Grilled Cheese (plus a Rumiano Cheese Giveaway!)

  1. Me, me, me! I want to win delicious cheese! I love warm melty Brie cheese, but really any warm melty cheese will make me happy. We need another grilled cheese party!

  2. Woot woot for NON GMO food! I am uber into that.

    Also, how have i never thought to put persimmons in grilled cheese?! Shame on me!

  3. Oooo! No, no, ME!!!!! Do you see me jumping over here??? Me!!
    Please tell the Rumiano people to call me ASAP. I need cheese on my porch in exactly 14 days. And yes, non-GMO please. I’m headed that direction in all things possible.
    I’m serious.
    ME+Rumiano= Necessary.

  4. I love all kinds of cheese but brie and goat gouda are some of my favs! Would love a chance to try a new brand :-)

  5. Ooooh… So exciting. Cheese is like our favorite thing ever, as is organic, I’m all-over non-gmo, and my husband drives an electric car, for crying out loud (sustainability. We’ll ignore the fact that I drive a v-6 sedan, but since I only drive it for 5 miles about once a week–like grandma!–I’m still more or less sustainable). Rumiano, here we come!

  6. Cheese giveaways are probably the best kind of giveaway!

    And I’m glad you’re not planning on sticking a hot, cheesy sandwich in the mail. As a kid, I had to go door to door selling blocks of cheese every year for a choir fundraiser (yes, I’m from Wisconsin), and then we had to deliver all of the blocks of cheese IN PERSON before they showed any sign of meltage… so that’s how I know firsthand that coupons are the way to go. : )

  7. I have been wondering what to do with the persimmons hanging on my counter. Now I know. Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. I would loooove me some gorgeous cheese but I’m guessing they won’t ship to oz. So I’ll just tell you that the sandwiches look YUM and I love the addition of persimmon.

  9. Pick me, pick me!! I am a huge lover of cheese. I buy all different brands just to try and taste all the unique flavors! Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

  10. That looks realy good love grilled cheese sandwiches with hot cheese , I but you do need to sprinkle a little!!!!

  11. Needing to switch to Ruminos in my never ending quest to avoid GMOs. I’d love to win :-)


    I love grilled cheese sandwiches with fall tomatoes. I am very concerned about GMO’s. Thanks for selling a delicious product without them.

  13. My favorite kind of cheese is pepperjack. I like it on grilled cheese sandwiches. And, I would rather be a seal trainer!!!

  14. I hate GMO’s and try not to eat any. As we are finding out, that is a very hard thing to do.
    On a better note, I LOVE Rumiano cheese! It rocks!

  15. Yummy! Cheese is a very important part of my diet. Throw in the Habanero peppers and I’d be very contented.

  16. Fall for me is grilled cheese sandwiches & hot soup, so this is perfect!

  17. I love non GMO foods! Pick me!!!

  18. I would love to win so I could get me some Rumiano cheese.

  19. Here’s to my state, WA, for putting mandatory GMO labeling on the ballot this fall. I hope it passes! I’d love to celebrate with Rumiano Cheese!

  20. I love cheese -cant wait to make this sandwich!!!

  21. Any cheese… I am not cheese selective, although certain cheeses are better for certain things as you so nicely showed! AND a seal trainer for sure… crab fisherwoman does not sound appealing.

  22. The only thing better than cheese is melted cheese! Especially non GMO cheese like Rumiano!

  23. Oh yes I so want to win and taste .

  24. Any smoked cheese is alright by me!

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  26. I love having Rumiano’s right down the road. I grew up with my Grandma always buying their cheese curds! Love the Habanero cheese curds! If you have never tirend them, it’s a must for all cheese lovers!!

  27. I LOVE CHEESE! There really is nothing better than a warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwich on a cold day next to a hot bowl of soup.

  28. I love all kinds of cheese, but if I could only pick one it would be smoked Gouda.

  29. I love grilled cheese and using Rumiano makes the BEST sandwiches! My favorite thing to add is avocado.

  30. Free cheese?! I am so there! I am actually super sad about this sandwich, because I was recently gifted a big bag of persimmons from a friend’s tree, and then promptly left them in another friend’s car and didn’t realize it until she drove far away. I was the proud owner of a dozen persimmons for, like, 45 minutes. I may have to track down more, though, just so I can make this bad boy. (Hopefully with free cheese!)

  31. I’d live to be a dolphin trainer, but I’d settle for being a seal trainer.

  32. First off, I think everyone needs to be educated on GMO’s- just for the sake you know what they are and how they can effect your mind and body, the politics behind GMO’s, and what real food is. I know a lot (really a lot) of people who have no idea…Second, I totally support Non-GMO companies…I will pay more (but not a exorbitant amount) for non-GMO foods…and Third: Cheese! Cheese! Glorious cheese! Who doesn’t like cheese? A world without cheese is, well…. not. I have met several Cheese mongers and Cheese makers and it IS an art…I told that to the guy who after abandoning the family business just how special he was to have such knowledge on fine homemade cheese, I got a letter a year later thanking me for re- instilling the love….Cheese! The food that goes with everything! Fruit, meat, veggies, bread, wine….

  33. We actually have a persimmon tree so I’m always looking for new ways to use them…I’ll definitely be pinning this idea to try soon!

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