I heard a rumor that April is apparently “National Grilled Cheese Month” (which is apparently a thing now). Since I had the whole month of April to hop on board with this theme, naturally I waited until the last (full) week to do so.
We’ll start with one of my favorite combos – caprese.
The bright flavor of the pesto with warm, creamy cheese, fresh ripe tomatoes, and crisp garlicky bread … Just trust me when I say that this combination is not one that you want to miss out on.
It’s basically spring inside of a sandwich. Well, Spring inside of a warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwich. The hearty bread combined with the rich cheese and the burst of fresh ripe tomatoes makes this sandwich the perfect balance of filling and refreshing.
- 4 slices of hearty bread (I used Trader Joe's country white)
- 2 slices mozzarella cheese, halved if necessary
- 2 slices provolone or fontina cheese, halved if necessary
- 1 roma tomato, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- 4 basil leaves, torn
- 2 Tablespoons pesto, homemade or storebought
- Garlic butter (recipe below)
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped or smashed
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Melt butter over medium-low heat in a small pan. Add garlic and salt; continue cooking over low/medium-low until very fragrant and cloves are lightly-browned and the salt has dissolved. Keep an eye on the butter making sure not to burn either the butter or the garlic.
- Remove from heat and pour into heat-proof container, straining out the garlic cloves. Set aside until ready to use.
- Have your mise en place ready to go as this will go quickly.
- Heat your skillet on medium heat until warmed. Place bread slices inside-down on your skillet and brush the tops with the garlic butter.
- Once the insides are toasted, flip over and spread inside of bread with pesto sauce.
- Layer with cheeses, basil leaves, tomato and another slice of cheese (I like to cheese both sides of my grilled cheese).
- Tent with foil (or a lid if you're fancy enough to own one) until the cheese begins to melt.
- Close the sandwiches and continue cooking until completely heated through and cheese is melted, flipping if necessary.