Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich (*I DIE*)

Oh my god. I finally did it. I made a caprese grilled cheese sandwich. And my life will never be the same. I need to make some serious changes in the grocery budget so I can always have fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil on hand. ALWAYS.

I have been collecting caprese grilled cheese recipes on Pinterest, and they all have interesting spins on them, but when I got home last night from teaching my night class and needed a snack, I decided to go with my gut and go simple. And it was GLORIOUS.

The idea is very simple:

1. Spread a little olive oil on a piece of bread, plop it in a pan on medium heat.
2. Place nice large basil leaves on the bread (one layer -- not too much!), followed by THIN slices of your fresh mozzarella and THIN slices of tomato, and second slice of bread (with olive oil, of course).
3. Let sit for how ever many minutes make you happy (I HATE burny grilled cheese and Jeremy loves it), flip and repeat.


1. The thinner the mozz and the tomatoes, the better. I hate to say it, but I will use less cheese the next time around (I know, who AM I?!?!)
2. If your bread is as grilled as you would like it to be but the cheese isn't as melty as you'd like, you can toss it in an oven, toaster oven, or even (GASP!) a microwave (for only a few seconds if it's the micro) to get the cheese melted but maintain the nice toasty nature of the bread. Another reason to make sure your cheese is thinly sliced.
3. I recommend a diagonal cut on the sandwich (and every sandwich you ever eat). Just kidding. (Not really)

It was slightly drippy because my tomatoes were very ripe, so as long as you don't mind a few drips, this might be one of the best sandwiches you ever eat.

Mangia! Enjoy!


  1. That looks amazing. And it looks easy to make, which is a huge plus for those ungifted in the culinary arts such as myself...

  2. Yo, Veronica. Come to Canada and make me a sandwich. Kthx.

    Joking, but this really looks so good, and I've never tried one. I should, but I have a fear of fresh mozzarella from one time I ordered a salad at a very fancy restaurant and it came with what looked like freshly scooped ice cream on top only it was mozzarella and it had ZERO flavour... just like... gross texture?

    But of course if it's melted like it is on pizza I should be good. So yeah, never mind my ranting.

    1. For the right price, anything!

      Some thoughts on fresh mozzarella -- if you've never had it before and you taste it by itself ... you might not love it. Especially if it is not good quality. If you try it WITH something, like a tomato, you might swoon about how good it is, and then if you eat it by itself after that, it might suddenly taste great. And yeah, melted is a TOTALLY different story. You should give it a try again if you get the chance!

  3. Oh my god. These are two of my favorite things all wrapped into one.

    1. I know!! Now let's just get some cupcakes in there and we're all set! :)


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