Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich. For National Grilled Cheese Sandwich month.

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich month?

Now you do.

Don’t you just wanna stuff your face with that stack up there?!? I DID! And loved every second of it. Nananananana…

Once upon a time, while preparing this sandwich, a dear friend of mine told me that she didn’t like caprese salads… I went numb. I almost fell off my chair. I think I had a slight heart attack.

Who doesn’t like a Caprese Salad? I can understand hating watermelon, or honeydew, but a salad with tomatoes, and cheese, and basil?! That’s just bananas.

Anyhow.

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich | www.diethood.com | #grilledcheese #sandwiches #lunch #caprese So, it was back in college, right after one of those “Thirsty Thursdays” nights. One too many Long Islands produced a greasy-caprese-salad-sandwich craving. Go figure. This sandwich was born that night. Okay, I’m sure someone else birthed it way before that night, but I didn’t know about it, so that’s that…

While everyone else was attacking a deep dish pizza, I was in my little kitchen preparing this with my new panini maker.

23 million (exaggeration) sandwiches later, I can confidently share a few tips for the perfect Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

1. Use Italian Bread

2. Grape tomatoes or cocktail tomatoes work best.

3. Skip the vinaigrette, and only use olive oil with a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground peppercorns.

4. Eat.

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Have a great Sunday!!

ENJOY!

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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
 
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Sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves offer the perfect combination for a flavorful and delicious grilled cheese sandwich.
Serves: Serves 1
Ingredients
  • 2 slices Italian Bread
  • butter
  • 2 thick slices Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (I use Frigo Block of Mozzarella Cheese)
  • 2 grape tomatoes, cut crosswise into ⅛-inch slices, divided
  • salt and freshly ground peppercorns, to taste
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat panini maker.
  2. Generously butter both slices of bread, on both sides.
Build your sandwich.
  1. Place a slice of mozzarella cheese on bread.
  2. Add half of the sliced tomatoes on top of the cheese.
  3. Season with salt and peppercorns.
  4. Add basil leaves.
  5. Top with tomatoes.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Add another slice of mozzarella cheese, and top with bread.
  8. Place onto the hot panini press.
  9. Allow it to grill for about 1 minute, or until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  10. Serve immediately.

Need more Grilled Cheese ideas?

Jack O’ Lantern Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Sweet Corn Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda, Scallions, and Chile Butter from Panini Happy

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Honey Roasted Grapes and Walnuts from Bake Your Day

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Peppers and Spinach from A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis

Comments

  1. Allie says

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s one of our favorites of ALL time! Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this blog for people you may never meet. Bless you!! – Allie :)

  2. says

    what an incredible sandwish you created! I love it,especially the yucky tomatoes!! I had featured U in the text of “Top 7 Convenient and Simple Sandwiches for Picnic” on all freshrecipes,I will pay close attention to your updating.

  3. says

    This grilled cheese looks out of this world. What a perfect way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month. We love that you’ve perfected this caprese sandwich over the years. For a fun twist, we recommend trying a mozzarella cheese blend, like the Sargento Natural Blends Deli Style Sliced Provolone-Mozzarella Cheese. It’s a great way to shake up a great sandwich.

  4. says

    This sandwich was amazing! I ended up adding a few more tomatoes and it turned out great. I shared it in a recent meal plan on my blog and look forward to trying more of your recipes in the future, thanks!

  5. says

    Caprese in any form is my favorite! This is super similar to the Caprese sandwich at my favorite grocery store, and I have NO idea why I’ve never considered making it at home. This looks too good, trying ASAP!

  6. says

    This is what summer is made of! As soon as my garden-fresh tomatoes come in, I make caprese salad. After the salad is gone, I make garden-fresh-grilled-cheese… thank you for making me crazy tomato season already! BEAUTIFUL :-)

  7. says

    Oh, yes, the long islands. Those were my drink of choice in college too. I just wish I would have thought of this sandwich then too! This is heaven for me. Love it!

  8. says

    Yummy sandwich barring those yucky tomatoes. You reminded me that I have to go downstairs and wash/dry the plates of my panini press/grill/waffle maker so that I can grill 4 hot Italian sausages. Saves having to dig out my cast iron fry pan or turn on my oven.I really need some good bread though … hot dog buns are a bit disappointing when comparing them to your italian bread.

  9. says

    When we go to Italy we try to make a late night trip over to this birreria (brewery). They make all kinds of sandwichs and such. This sandwich looks like it could of come from there. It looks amazing and inviting! I need to pull out the panini press!

  10. says

    “Thirsty Thursdays!” I think mine were called Tequila Tuesdays…can’t quite remember though. 😉

    This sandwich looks too yummy – I kind of want to eat my screen!!

  11. says

    Kate,
    You’re killin’ me posting gorgeous tomato recipes! It will be MONTHS still before I will see a flavorful tomato in my house!
    I’m getting quite a collection of recipe ideas for when I am inundated with CSA farm share tomatoes–thank you!

    I know grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, Sun Gold tomatoes, Black Russian tomatoes, yellow taxi tomatoes, Indian Rose tomatoes.
    What’s a cocktail tomato, anyway?

  12. Nancy R says

    OMG! How can anyone not like Caprese Salad. It is like my all time favourite. Hello!!!One of my sister-in-laws is Italian and makes it mostly during the summer when the tomatoes are perfectly ripe and deep red….full of flavour.
    Kate these sandwiches look sooooo delicious. I could just eat, and eat and eat some more! This is on my list for lunch tomorrow. :-)

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