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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich, melty gooey cheese, grilled bread, whats not to love. I participated in Lets Bake and Made Rustic Italian Bread and what better platform for a grilled cheese than home made bread. In keeping with the theme of the Italian Bread, I used pesto, fresh mozzsrella and oven roasted tomato. I am not happy just slicing a tomato on this sandwich so I  roasted them in the oven drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I guess this is kind of like a grilled Mozzarella Caprese, it has all the components.  This is a pretty basic sandwich, nothing elaborate but its delicious and makes a wonderful meal.

Hot off the grill

For 1 sandwich

2 slices bread sliced 1/2 inch thick

2-4 slices tomato cut 1 inch thick (tomato is not in season use the best you can find plum or campari are a good choice)

1 tbs pesto

4 slices fresh mozzarella

Olive oil

Heat oven to 425 degrees, lay some parchment on small sheet pan, put tomato slices on parchment sprinkle each side of the tomato with salt and pepper, drizzle some balsamic vinegar and olive oil on each slice. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until tomato becomes soft and starts to caramelize. Remove from oven and set aside.

Slice the bread, spread pesto on one side of each slice. Add 2 slices of mozzarella, lay tomato on top of mozzarella and add the other 2 slices of mozzarella. Place skillet on med/high heat and let it get hot. Put your sandwich together and brush the top slice of bread with olive oil. Carefully place the olive oil side down in the skillet now brush the other slice with oil. Let it grill until its golden brown then flip it over and grill the other side.

YUM!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ohhhhhhh! The quintessential Italian grilled cheese! Perfection on a plate.

    January 27, 2012
  2. Thanks, its so good. Honestly, the bread made the sandwich. I cut each loaf in half wrapped well and froze them, just me here and I can’t eat that much bread. So I defrost half at a time and its just as good out of the freezer as it was the day I baked it. It’s the best bread EVER!!

    January 27, 2012
  3. AntoniaJames #

    Oh, this is perfect!! I made the Italian Boule as well (in fat batards, par baked, one of which will be thawed and baked tomorrow) , and just happen to have a ball of fresh mozzarella in my cheese drawer. And some pesto. Lunch for Mr. T tomorrow! He’ll be so happy. ;o) P.S Congrats on being a finalist in the Whole Foods contest! What great news.

    January 27, 2012
    • Thanks so much, I love that recipe, and really like making the batards even more than boule. The sandwich is really good. Thanks about WF, I was the runner up, its ok hard to compete with Boeuf Bourguignon, mine was good but not something most would like I think. Thanks you!

      January 27, 2012
  4. Grilled cheese sandwiches have got to be the ultimate comfort food! I love your Italian twist on it. I think I might need to make one for dinner with some tomato soup….your bread looks beautiful, BTW!!

    January 28, 2012
    • Thanks, oh yes, tomato soup and grilled cheese one of my all time favorite combinations. The bread turned out so good, its all boulangere and her great recipe, I only followed directions. It’s so amazing and I am not an accomplished bread maker. Thanks so much.

      January 28, 2012
  5. Bevi #

    Your sandwich reconfirms my need toile bread again.

    January 28, 2012
    • I am hooked. Love making bread its so vastly different from store bought, although thats much easier. Thanks so much.

      January 28, 2012
  6. Pat #

    On my to do list: master thesolitarycook’s boule and then make this sandwich!!

    January 28, 2012
    • The bread is so fantastic, really easy to make also which was a big plus for me. Highly recommend the bread and IMHO the sandwich made with the bread.

      January 28, 2012

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