I’m not sure why anyone would need an excuse to eat cheese, but if you require one, here you go…. 1. National Grilled Cheese Day is April 12th. 2. This caprese grilled cheese sandwich.
I love….like LOVE…. grilled cheese. You can really do any sort of combination of flavors you want. We had a local food truck festival aka heaven, a while back. We ended up going on the hottest most humid New England summer day, it rained, but then the skies cleared and I saw this truck that served grilled cheese. I can honestly say I ran to the gigantic line and waited for what ended up being the best thing at this festival, their caprese grilled cheese. It was eyes-rolling-back-into-your-head-at-the-first-bite good. So of course I had to recreate this recipe at home. I could never live without it again. So I attempted several times. Now it would seem easy enough, but the cheese never melted just right, the basil would fall out or just overpower one bite. But then I hit the home run and had to its glory.
For the mayo
For the Sandwich
- To make the mayo mixture, combine the mayo, basil, and Parmesan cheese and set aside.
- To assemble the sandwich, slice a good chunk of the ciabatta from the loaf and slice into two pieces. Spread some of the may mixture on the bottom half and drizzle with some balsamic vinegar. Add the tomato, sliced mozzarella cheese. Spread more mayo mixture on the top half and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Place on top of the bottom half.
- Heat a pan and add some butter. Once the butter is melted and starting to bubble place the sandwich in the pan. Reduce the heat as needed to prevent the sandwich from burning. Place a lid on the pan and continue to cook until the cheese is starting to melt. Remove the cover, add more butter as needed and flip the sandwich. Place the lid back on and heat until the cheese is melted. Remove the cover and flip one more time. Turn the heat off and let sit for a few seconds.
This is an original recipe.