Some foods just naturally go together, take for example grilled cheese and tomato soup. This classic food combination is the epitome of comfort food; taking us back to a simpler time. These days with our hectic lives and busy schedules, coming home and whipping up a pot of tomato soup is not practical. Which is why I came up with the Grilled Cheese Bruschetta.
A play off this winning combination, the Grilled Cheese Bruschetta substitutes fresh chopped tomatoes and basil for the soup. Serving them on top of the sandwich, bruschetta style, makes it fun for the entire family to eat. The recipe also uses oil instead of butter for coating the bread and mozzarella cheese instead of the classic American/Cheddar. These twists make it more spring friendly and somewhat lighter for those of us that like to keep things healthy.
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Bruschetta Grilled Cheese
yields 2 sandwiches
For the Sandwich
1 large rustic round loaf of bread, cut into 4 thick slices
1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Heat a non-stick griddle or pan over medium heat. Evenly coat with olive oil.
Drizzle olive oil on one side of all 4 slices of bread. Layer mozzarella rounds in an even layer on two of the slices. Top with the other two slices of bread oil side down.
Place on griddle and cook until sandwich is golden brown on bottom, about 2-4 minutes. Carefully flip sandwich and cook on other side until golden brown and cheese is melted through.
Remove from heat and cut into bruschetta slices. Top each piece with tomato salad (recipe below) and serve with extra tomato on the side.
For the Tomato Salad Topping
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Allow to marinate a few minutes while sandwich is cooking. Top warm bruschetta slices evenly. Reserve leftover to serve on the side.
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