Caprese Grilled Cheese
Taking my favorite salad ingredients and transforming them into a gooey, flavorful Caprese Grilled Cheese was a genius move! Melty mozzarella, garden tomatoes, and pesto make for a divine sandwich!
This Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a perfect summer lunch when fresh garden tomatoes are plentiful.
Why You Must Make
- I first made this sandwich for National Grilled Cheese Month, but that’s in April. Since flavorful, juicy garden tomatoes peak in the summer, that’s really the best time to test out this recipe!
- It’s hard to even call this a recipe since it’s super easy to make!!!
- A Caprese toasted cheese sandwich makes a delicious lunch or dinner!
I would be happy to eat this combination of gooey cheese inside of buttery toasted bread every.single.day…what’s not to love? When I saw these tempting sandwiches on my friend Alisha’s gorgeous blog, The Ardent Epicure, I knew I would make them. These tasted marvelous with slices of hothouse tomatoes, so I can only imagine how fabulous they’d be with peak-of-season garden tomatoes. I used buffalo mozzarella as did Alisha, but any fresh mozz will do. I also added a layer of pesto for an extra oomph of basil.
- Kitchen Staples – Room temperature Butter, Garlic Salt
- Ciabatta – or any favorite bread
- Pesto – If you have homemade pesto, that’s great, but storebought works well, too.
- Fresh Tomato Slices – Garden or Farmers’ market tomatoes taste best, but any variety will work
- Fresh Mozzarella – I used buffalo mozzarella when originally making this sandwich, but you can slice and use any fresh mozzarella cheese.
- Basil Leaves -About 2-3 per sandwich. This adds some freshness, but there is plenty of basil flavor from the pesto if you want to skip this.
- There is no exact recipe for this Caprese grilled cheese. It’s very adaptable and pretty much foolproof.
- I used a loaf of ciabatta for the bread, but you can use a loaf of presliced sandwich bread if that’s what you have on hand.
- Try it toasted with garlic butter to amp up the flavor.
- Add some prosciutto or any other Italian deli meat for another dimension.
- How about subbing some fresh Georgia peaches for the tomatoes? The best peach I ever ate was from a fruit stand in Florence, Italy, many decades ago! What do you think??? Plus, check out this tasty Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta.
Frequently Asked Questions
Caprese translates to In the style of Capri, meaning like what you’d find on the isle of Capri in Italy.
Fresh mozzarella (packed in water), beautiful summer tomatoes (homegrown is best), fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper are all you’ll need when making a classic Caprese salad recipe.
- 2 slices Ciabatta or favorite bread
- 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon Pesto
- 2 fresh tomato slices
- 2 slices buffalo mozzarella
- Garlic salt
- Basil leaves, about 2-3 per sandwich
- Brush one side of bread per sandwich with butter and place buttered sides down in large sauté pan.
- Smear pesto on exposed side. Layer each with cheese, then sprinkle well with garlic salt followed by tomato slices and basil.
- Top each sandwich with a second slice of buttered bread, butter side up.
- Sauté till first side is golden brown, flip and cook till second side is brown and cheese is melted. Serve hot.
You can use regular sliced mozzarella if desired. Add a couple of slices so it's nice and gooey.
Inspired by The Ardent Epicure blog.
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Serving Size:1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 836Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1813mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 32g
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With my daughter, Katie, eating our Caprese salads in Siena, Italy.
No balsamic vinegar on this authentic Italian Caprese salad.