Grilled Caprese Sandwich

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I had no idea such a thing existed but whomever decided to do that Thank you. Thank you because it gives us all a reason to celebrate the cheesy, gooey food comfort heaven that is the grilled cheese sandwich. Thank you because it gives me an excuse to enjoy all the ingredients of my favorite salad: mozzarella, basil, tomato and balsamic vinegar in sandwich form.

I will admit I took my time while making this sandwich. I didn’t want to just throw it together. The ingredients are so simple yet so amazingly delicious I wanted to make sure that each ingredient shined. I precisely sliced the tomatoes. I carefully tore the basil leaves so not to bruise them. I toasted the bread first and rubbed it with a little garlic before layering the ingredients together one by one. Then, I sat there and watched it cook. As the bread became more golden and the cheese began to melt. I knew it was time. I removed the sandwich from the pan, cut it in half and drizzled it with a little balsamic vinegar. Then I took a bite and said the following thing, “that is one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich”

Grilled Caprese Sandwich Recipe

Serves 2 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 slices rustic bread
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 6 basil leaves
  • balsamic vinegar



Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the bread until slightly toasted. Remove from the skillet and rub garlic clove over the toast.


Layer 3 tomato slices, 4 mozzarella slices and 3 basil leaves per sandwich. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


Add remaining oil to the skillet and cook sandwich until both sides are golden and cheese is melted. Remove from skillet, drizzle with a little more balsamic and serve immediately.



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    May 27, 2011 at 6:03 am

    this looks DELICIOUS … I cannot wait to try it once I can get my hand on some local Jersey tomatoes this year! thanks a bunch! I’m trying your red potato salad recipe for a graduation picnic we’re having on Monday!! I’ll keep you posted on the reviews (rave I’m sure!) from our guests!

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    The Frugal Drinker
    April 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I had no idea it was National Grilled Cheese Month. I’m now upset I haven’t taken advantage of it all these weeks. I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    April 11, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I love this idea!! I had no idea it was national grilled cheese month either… better make sure I celebrate it double time now.. I’ve lost 11 days already!!

  • Reply
    April 9, 2011 at 8:08 am

    What an interesting concoction. Twice grilled! And the balsamic is a fascinating addition. Thankyou.

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