Grilled Caprese Sandwich

How was your Easter? Easter was a week long holiday for us filled with what seemed like an egg hunt everyday. We attended our city egg hunt on Saturday and it was unbelievably crowded. In all the madness all we had to show for it was a sad half of a plastic pink egg. It was a bust. I didn’t feel too bad because my kids scored plenty of candy in their other hunts that week. Total sugar overload to say the least.

Saturday afternoon, after a sugar induced hyper-hypo misbehaving episode by my kids, my husband told them he was shooting the Easter bunny and that he wasn’t coming the next day.

Aren’t we nice parents?

It’s really our fault for letting them eat their candy at full throttle. Next year, I’ll be extra careful to eat confiscate their candy and ration it out.

I recently ordered a panini press and when I received it, the instruction pamphlet had a picture of what looked like a Caprese salad stuffed in a sandwich. I love caprese salad and the thought of tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil all melted and gooey in a sandwich sounded delicious. Tomorrow is National Grilled Cheese Day and this is my way of celebrating.

So I tried it. It was good but was missing something. Garlic? More basil? I immediately made another one with a dollop of basil pesto inside and it was perfect. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar on the outside is all you need to make this out of this world.

Grilled Caprese Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices sliced Italian bread, French bread, or sourdough bread
  • 2 slices of a fresh mozzarella cheese, about 1/4 inch thick (you can find fresh mozzarella balls in your speciality cheese section of your grocery store)
  • 2 slices of tomato, about 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons basil pesto
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper
  • balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat your skillet to medium high heat or heat your panini press. Brush the outside of your bread with olive oil or butter. Flip over and spread about 1 teaspoon of basil pesto on the inside of each slice of bread.
  2. Place your mozzarella slices on top of the pesto on one piece of bread. Next, layer your tomato slices and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Top with the basil leaves and your other piece of bread.
  3. Cook sandwiches in a pan or panini press for a 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and the mozzarella has melted. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on the side or over the top.
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  1. This sandwich looks heavenly!! Can’t wait to try it! :)

  2. Caprese is the first salad I ever learned. This looks YUMMY!

    @DavetteB
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  3. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. I live in Italy and have been in love with caprese since the first time! Do you have the cream balsamic? It’s so wonderful over top!

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  5. This looks delicious! I’m not usually a big fan of grilled cheese, but with Carprese inside – I’ve definitely got to try this!

  6. This might be the perfect sandwich!

  7. Mmm great idea! I wish I had known earlier today was national grilled cheese day. I would definitely be celebrating :) I made a similar panini recently with spinach instead of the extra basil leaves. It was divine.

  8. This is perfect for national grilled cheese day!

  9. Oh my word I could eat that up right now!!! mmmmm

  10. Yum!

    So excited you included salt and pepper! I can totally do the peps challenge on a grilled tomato sandwich that does or doesn’t have salt. Its amazing the difference!

  11. That looks fresh and delicious. This would be great for a quick lunch on a weekend. Usually I’m too lazy to make anything overly fancy because of the time it takes but then that means I end up eating something not so great (like Kraft Dinner today…not the healthiest). Thanks for the idea!

  12. These look delicious! I make something very similar, but I use roasted red pepper as well to give it a bit of a bite. Such a fun alternative to regular grilled cheese!!

  13. I made some pesto and whipped up this sandwich. I am eating it now and I have to say fantastico! My fresh basil plant needed some love and this did it! Thanks for the great idea:)

  14. These are my favorite!

    Arthur in the Garden!

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  15. that looks delicious!!

  16. Are the first to make it, this also comes in my mind seeing one of your marketing on a particular product. My spouse and i surely have this on my list of priorities.

  17. Just made this less than 20 minutes ago. The entire time I was eating it, I kept thinking, “This is the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten.”
    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!