Our oldest had a birthday, and for his birthday dinner he wanted grilled cheese. We eat far too much grilled cheese anyway (because the kids will actually eat it without crying about how gross dinner is), but you can’t say no to a birthday dinner request. I wanted something slightly more exotic, so I ran out to the garden to grab a tomato. Then I saw the basil, which reminded me that I had mozzarella in my fridge and balsamic vinegar in my cupboard. Rejoice! As I was making my beautiful sandwich, my darling husband looked on. Very skeptically. He watched me take the first bite, and when I liked it, he took my sandwich to taste it. (That’s how it works at our house.) After one bite, he wanted his own. And I’ve been making them almost nonstop since. This is so simple, but the flavor will just about knock your socks off! Everyone that has tried this sandwich has asked for seconds. Every. Single. One. It’s that good!!
Grilled Caprese Sandwich
makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices bread (I made bread because, hey, this was for a birthday dinner!) Otherwise use italian, french, or sourdough bread.
4 slices mozzarella cheese
1-2 tomatoes, sliced
10 basil leaves
garlic salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste
balsamic vinegar to taste
Using half of the ingredients for each sandwich, lay out the 4 slices of bread. Place the mozzarella and tomatoes on two of the slices of bread. Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper over the tomatoes, and top with basil leaves. Lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar on the other two slices of bread, and place vinegar-side down over the basil. Brush melted butter on top of each sandwich, and place butter-side down on a hot griddle. Brush remaining unbuttered side with butter. Cook each side 2-3 minutes, or until golden and gooey.
Serve your unbelievably delicious sandwich with this incredible roasted red pepper and tomato basil soup. Everyone who eats it will have undying admiration and love for you.
Tomato and Basil. Such a perfect combination of colors and flavors!
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Becky is a wife, mother, avid cook and novice gardener. She loves growing organic, wholesome food right in her backyard that she can transform into a delicious creation in her kitchen. When she's not growing or cooking food, she enjoys running half marathons, reading, and watching her children pull weeds in the garden.
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