Caprese Grilled Cheese

Main Dishes | April 10, 2014 | By

Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese 3

Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! As Hailey mentioned earlier this week, we spent a good part of Sunday morning making and eating grilled cheese. Not a bad way of spending a Sunday if you ask me.

This recipe is inspired by my favorite pizza, the Grandma’s Pizza from Joe’s in Santa Monica and Hollywood. On first glance, it looks just like another New-York-style-caprese-by-the-slice. Yet on closer inspection, you’ll find the thinnest slice of pizza expertly topped with thick, melted slices of mozzarella, tomato and basil. Are you jealous yet? You would think that after my brief stint working at the Pizza Factory in high school, I would be sick of the stuff, but that’s definitely not the case. This pizza has made an appearance after many a night out; I’ve even had it delivered to work.

For this recipe, Hailey and I decided to make a heartier version with thick slices of artisan bread, fresh mozzarella and hearty, organic beef tomatoes. They took longer to cook than your typical grilled cheese, but were well worth the wait.


Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese 2

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Two Slices of Artisan Bread, cut in half (we used the Pain Pascale half loaf from Trader Joe’s)

6 Thick Slices of Fresh Mozzarella

1 Organic Beef Tomato, sliced

6-10 Organic Basil Leaves, rinsed

Organic Butter


Line up your bread slices with their counterparts and butter one side of each slice. On the unbuttered side, layer mozzarella, tomato slices and basil leaves. Top with the other slice of bread. In a hot pan, grill until each side is brown and cheese starts to melt. *Note: we used a hot pan on low heat to prevent the bread from burning while we waited for the cheese to melt.

Serves 4.

Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese

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Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese 6

Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese 5

Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese 4

Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese 1


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    April 10, 2014

    This looks so good! We love grilled cheese sandwiches! This is a super fun variation!

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