Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich | | #grilledcheese #sandwiches #lunch #caprese

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.


Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich | | #grilledcheese #sandwiches #lunch #capreseSo, 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.

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich | | #grilledcheese #sandwiches #lunch #caprese

Have a great Sunday!!


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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
  • 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
  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?

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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

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47 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Allie September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM - Reply

    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 :)

    • Katerina Petrovska September 16, 2014 at 8:51 PM - Reply

      Hi Allie!!

      Thank you SO MUCH for the kind words!! They mean the world to me!! God Bless!

  2. Sarah June 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    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. Amanda at May 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM - Reply

    This looks amazing. Are you going to enter it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s Recipe Showdown?

    • Katerina Petrovska May 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM - Reply

      Thank you!! I didn’t know about the contest… I’ll definitely enter! THANKS! :)

  4. Amanda at May 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM - Reply

    Absolutely fantastic. This looks amazing. Are you going to enter it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s Recipe Showdown?

  5. Sargento Cheese April 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    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.

  6. Emily April 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM - Reply

    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!

  7. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) April 18, 2013 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    I anything Caprese–this sandwich is gorgeous!

  8. mjskit April 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM - Reply

    Oh yummy! What a great sandwich to come out of a craving from a hangover. I have a few of those myself. :) This is a keeper!

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook April 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM - Reply

    Oh I LOOOOVE the mood in this sandwich. I tend to make my picture very bright, but I actually like dark lighting like this. Such a beautiful sandwich shot, Kate!

  10. Paula - bell'alimento April 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    I’m going to need an extra napkin. Swoon.

  11. Jenny @ Savour the Senses April 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM - Reply

    Ah now you have me craving this!!! Jealous!

  12. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen April 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM - Reply

    Yum! If anyone asks me, I’ll swear you invented the Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Kate. Now, if I could just perfect a gluten free Italian bread. Great photography! xo

  13. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen April 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM - Reply

    The most simple ingredients make amazing food. Especially if the flavors are italian. We eat a lot of caprese hand pies here. Love this sandwich!

  14. Rachel @ Bakerita April 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM - Reply

    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!

  15. Kristina April 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM - Reply

    the first way I ever enjoyed caprese was in grilled sandwich form – my favorite! this looks amazing…

  16. Kiran @ April 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    Love caprese in any form of shapes!

  17. Rachel (teacher-chef) April 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    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 :-)

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    My favorite grilled cheese ever!! Love that you turned the Caprese into a sandwich.

  19. Kristy April 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM - Reply

    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!

  20. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM - Reply

    I love the idea of a caprese sandwich, this looks SO delicious!

  21. A_Boleyn April 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    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.

  22. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM - Reply

    I love grilled cheese! Thanks for the link love!

  23. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom April 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    oh my goodness! looks so delicious!!!

  24. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me April 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM - Reply

    loooove it. I can’t wait for my basil plants to be tall and obnoxiously oversized again so I can make EVERYTHING with them. This sandwich included!

  25. How can someone not like caprese??? I wish I could make this now, but I can’t find any basil. The nursery’s don’t have it yet and the grocery stores have every kind of herb but basil. However, as soon as it’s available. I’ll have my grill pan out!

  26. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet April 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM - Reply

    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!

  27. Valerie April 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM - Reply

    “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!!

  28. Chef Dennis April 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM - Reply

    what a great way to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich Kate, such a delicious blend of ingredients! and thank you so much for the shout out!

  29. Carol | a cup of mascarpone April 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM - Reply

    OMG! Kate, this sandwich is incredible! My favorite salad in a grilled sandwich! My mouth is watering!

  30. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 14, 2013 at 7:49 AM - Reply

    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?

  31. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) April 14, 2013 at 7:43 AM - Reply

    The pics of this are so good! I love how you turned a salaf into a sandwich. I’ll take a great sandwich like this over a salad any day.

  32. Ramona April 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM - Reply

    I am so excited to plant my basil plant so I can make these this summer. YUM! Ooey-Gooey is right. :)

  33. Nancy R April 14, 2013 at 6:41 AM - Reply

    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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