PIZZA MARGHERITA GRILLED CHEESE

These Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheeses combine all your favorite ingredients from a classic pizza Margherita and stuff them in between two slices of bread…

Grilled cheese month. It’s a thing.

April is also deemed the month of the BLT sandwich, soft pretzels, soy foods (don’t even ask) and a personal favorite – garlic. But for some reason grilled cheese month is the only thing that seems to be shouted from the Internet rooftops.

While my waistline couldn’t tolerate 30 whole days of grilled cheese sandwiches, my Facebook feed has been so inundated with pictures of gooey cheese sliding out of crispy, buttered slices of bread, I just had to hop on the bandwagon.

And let me tell you friends, the grilled cheese bandwagon is a very, very good place to be.

Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese

 All your favorite ingredients from a classic pizza Margherita stuffed in between two slices of bread
Author: Nicole
Serves: 4 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat olive oil and garlic over a medium heat. Saute until softened, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, stir to combine. Cook for one minute. Add tomatoes, salt and sugar, whisk until tomato paste is fully incorporated.Simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle to a medium heat.
  3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of sauce on each slice of bread. Top with four ounces of slices of cheese. Top with 4-5 leaves of basil.
  4. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the other two pieces of bread, sauce side down on cheese and basil. Brush tops with butter. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Place sandwich butter-side down in a skillet heat to medium (work in batches if needed), brush other side with butter. Cook until golden brown and crispy on each side and the cheese is melted. (If you are having a hard time getting the cheese to melt, pop into a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. (http://www.cookingforkeeps.com)

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