Friday, January 15, 2010

Grilled Cheese with Tomato on Thick Italian Bread

Who could turn down an ooey gooey melted cheese sandwich?  I've evolved from the american singles and white bread from my childhood and explored the more "grown up" versions of the grilled cheese sandwich.  Try different breads, cheeses, and toppings like bacon, avocado, ham, turkey, apple slices, etc.  My favorite is to add fresh sliced tomatoes!

Thick sliced Italian bread
Olive oil
Mild cheddar, sliced
Thick sliced fresh tomato
Fresh ground pepper

Assemble your sandwich, spreading olive oil on the outside of the bread so it toasts well.  Toast the bread and simultaneously melt the cheese by frying the sandwich in a skillet, or toasting it open faced under the broiler.  You can also use a panini maker for nice grill lines on the bread or a toaster oven.

Pair with rich tomato soup for a comforting meal.

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