This grilled cheese sandwich recipe uses olive oil to grill the bread instead of butter, since olive oil pairs so well with tomatoes and mozzarella. You can, however, use butter if you prefer.
Sliced Italian bread is a good choice for a smoked mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich, but feel free to try other types of bread as well.Tips for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Keep the heat low so the bread becomes brown and crispy but doesn't burn before the cheese melts
- Pressing down on the sandwich as it cooks helps the bread brown
- Adding a lid to the skillet for a few minutes at the end can help the cheese melt
- The bread slices shouldn't be much more than 1/2" thick
- Don't be stingy with the amount of butter or olive oil used to coat the bread
- Grated cheese melts faster than cheese slices
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Yield: Approximately 4 sandwiches
- 1/2 pound smoked mozzarella, sliced thinly or grated
- 1 pound cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grilling the sandwich
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- slices of bread
Preheat oven to 400
Cover cherry tomatoes with olive oil and salt and bake in a rimmed baking pan for 40 minutes. Stir once or twice while baking so the tomatoes don't burn onto the bottom of the pan. Remove the tomatoes from the oven.
Set out two slices of bread. Spoon roasted tomatoes on one slice of bread and top with thinly sliced or grated smoked mozzarella. Place the second slice of bread on top to make a sandwich. Repeat until you've made your desired amount of sandwiches - there should be enough tomatoes and cheese to make at least 4 sandwiches.
Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil on the top slice of bread.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwich to the pan, oiled side down, and cook 3-5 minutes until the side touching the pan is nicely browned. Flip the sandwich and turn the heat down to medium low. Continue to cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is nicely toasted. If necessary, you can add a lid to the pan to help the cheese melt.
More Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to Try
- The Classic Reuben Sandwich
- Eggplant Mozzarella Sandwich with Pesto
- Turkey and Melted Cheddar Sandwich
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Ham and Egg
- Gruyere and Ham Sandwich
recipe ©2011 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.