Friday, February 10, 2012

Caprese Grilled Cheese

I had a grilled cheese fest over winter break and I made 4 different kinds of grilled cheese.  The caprese grilled cheese turned out really great except I found myself wanting to modify a few parts.  We are having our traditional Grey's Anatomy night tonight and for dinner we wanted to make something comforting, easy, and delicious.  The obvious solution to satisfy these three needs was: Caprese Grilled Cheese.

Grey's night is always interesting, but somehow tonight was special.  First of all, Emily, we discovered, had never cut a tomato before.  So we taught turned out something like this:

Then, we had some of my Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and while they were delicious, they did something funny to us where we became this strange mix of exhausted and hyper all at once.  Plus, to top things off, our friend Lauren works at a candy store and she brought us chocolate hearts.  So then we ate more chocolate.  Basically we ended up being incredibly silly. Oh, and on Wednesdays we decided to wear pink...

Caprese Grilled Cheese

8 slices of bread (to make 4 sandwiches)
4 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese
2 large tomatoes
bunch of fresh basil (we actually used dried, but it worked out great)
balsamic vinaigrette
garlic powder

1. Let the tomatoes soak in the balsamic with the garlic and basil for about 30 minutes.
2. Heat a large pan on medium heat.  Lightly butter the slices of toast on one side. Build the grilled cheese sandwiches: dust with garlic powder (on non-buttered side) place 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 1 thick slice of tomato, few leaves of basil, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, drizzle with balsamic and top with other slice.  The buttered ends should be facing outwards.  Place in pan and cook covered for about 4 minutes.  Flip the sandwich and cover for another 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and sandwich is grilled.  Repeat for the other 3 sandwiches.
Enjoy :)

Now it is time to watch some Grey's Anatomy!


  1. One of my favorite grilled cheese! They look awesome. I don't always have fresh basil on hand, so it's good to know dried tastes good too.

  2. So I am immediately excited any time I see the word "caprese" - attach it to grilled cheese and I am set. This sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it out for me and my roommmates! :D