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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.


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.

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Have a great Sunday!!


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

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Katerina | Diethood
Sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves offer the perfect combination for a flavorful and delicious grilled cheese sandwich.
Servings : 1
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 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 1/8-inch slices, divided
  • salt and freshly ground peppercorns , to taste
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil


  • Preheat panini maker.
  • Generously butter both slices of bread, on both sides.
Build your sandwich.
  • Place a slice of mozzarella cheese on bread.
  • Add half of the sliced tomatoes on top of the cheese.
  • Season with salt and peppercorns.
  • Add basil leaves.
  • Top with tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Add another slice of mozzarella cheese, and top with bread.
  • Place onto the hot panini press.
  • Allow it to grill for about 1 minute, or until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 234 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 162 mg | Potassium: 167 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 13 g | Vitamin A: 285 IU | Vitamin C: 4.7 mg | Calcium: 16 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg | Net Carbs: 21 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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38 comments on “Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

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    Sargento Cheese

    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    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

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    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!

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