Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a twist on the classic grilled cheese recipe with an updated flavor. Every bite is brimming with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto and fresh basil leaves, all the flavors of a summertime Caprese salad.
Caprese Grilled Cheese
Woo hoo! It’s National Grilled Cheese Month and I couldn’t be happier! Don’t you just love a warm melty grilled cheese sandwich with crisp buttery bread? Then you’re going to love a caprese pesto sandwich, the classic grilled cheese sandwich with an updated flavor.
Our mozzarella grilled cheese is bursting with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto, basil leaves, and, of course, butter!
Butter makes every bite of this pesto grilled cheese better especially when all those flavors of a caprese salad are in every bite.
I have a hunch that this will be the best grilled cheese you have ever eaten. Let me know!
Who invented the first grilled cheese sandwich?
Have you ever wondered who created the grilled cheese? It all began in 1915 with a man named James L. Kraft when he invented processed cheese and getting a patent for it in 1916.
Originally called “Toasted Cheese Sandwiches”, the grilled cheese sandwich gained popularity in the 1920’s during the depression when inexpensive sliced bread and Kraft’s American cheese became readily available.
And yes, this James L. Kraft is the man behind the Kraft company that still exists today. Click on the link to read more about James and his grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Make a homemade pesto
- Make with your favorite bread
- Add a balsamic glaze
- Serve with a balsamic vinaigrette as a dipping sauce
- Use my Pesto Butter in place of butter
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- rustic Italian bread
- fresh mozzarella
- basil leaves
Grilled Cheese Recipes
Not a fan of that high carb rustic Italian bread (even though it’s so delicious!)? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out this Cauliflower Grilled Cheese With Fig Jam & Cheddar made with cauliflower rice “bread”!
And there’s nothing quite like the comfort food combination of tomato soup and grilled cheese. So next time why make yourself a bowl of homemade Creamy Tomato Soup With Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese Croutons?
Our Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich is bursting with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto, basil leaves, and of course, butter! A classic sandwich with a fabulous updated flavor!
- 4 slices rustic Italian bread
- 2 Tbs. prepared pesto
- 4 slices (4 ounces) fresh mozzarella
- 4 tomato slices
- 4 large basil leaves
- 2 Tbs. butter
Spread butter over one side of each slice of bread.
Place two bread slices, butter side down on flat surface.
Top with pesto, mozzarella, tomato slices, basil leaves and remaining slices of bread, butter side up.
Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat then cook sandwiches until bread is golden, cheese is melted and sandwich is heated through, turning once
Makes 2 sandwiches.