Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tomato and Basil Grilled Cheese

Kathleen and I made these for lunch last week. We loved them and will make them again and again. We loved the grilled Parmesan on the outside of the sandwich.

Tomato and Basil Grilled Cheese

2 slices fresh Italian bread
2 thin slices mozzarella cheese
1 slice ripe tomato
a few small, fresh basil leaves
a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

Butter one side of each slice of bread and sprinkle both with Parmesan cheese. (If you don't have the fancy Italian bread, you could also add a little garlic powder here.)

Place the first slice, butter side down, in a warm skillet, being careful not to lose too much of the Parmesan cheese in the process. Top with mozzarella cheese, basil, tomato and finally the second slice of bread, butter and Parmesan side up.

Cook on medium-low heat to allow the cheese time to melt. Flip sandwich when the first side has turned a golden brown. Serve when the second side is golden brown as well, waiting a few minutes to cut the sandwich, in order to allow the cheese to congeal and keep it from oozing out of your bread.

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