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.
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
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.