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Basil-Tomato Grilled Cheese

The tastes of summer abound in this easy Italian-style grilled cheese sandwich. Not only is it delicious, it's super-fast, so you can get back to those summer outdoor activities. —Sylvia Schmitt, Sun City, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 8 slices Italian bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • On four slices of bread, layer mozzarella cheese and tomatoes; sprinkle with the basil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Top with remaining bread.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder; brush over the outsides of each sandwich.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 467 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • MissiH0217
    Jul 3, 2020

    This was very delicious. We all loved it. Will definitely make again.

  • kpioch
    Oct 31, 2014

    Made for guests . All loved!

  • hondapcgirl1
    Oct 28, 2012

    Very good. Hubby wanted seconds, which is unusual, so it MUST be very good. Easy and a nice fresh lunch.

  • collectorkerri
    Aug 22, 2012

    An excellent way to use fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. I used ciabatta bread, which made them pretty tall, so I would recommend a panini press or George Foreman grill if you have one to keep the ingredients together

  • murrell006
    Aug 12, 2012

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  • gibshoe
    Nov 3, 2011

    This is a great grilled cheese sandwich! Perfect for adults, especially. Lots of flavor and very filling.

  • Caroliney82
    Sep 26, 2011

    What a treat! Made a terrific lunch. My sister in law and all the kiddos loved it!

  • Weedavey
    Sep 11, 2011

    Simply amazing, melts in your mouth. I even made it with rye bread as it's healthier and that worked really well.

  • ejt325
    Jan 19, 2011

    I was so excited to make this, and it turned out to be a huge disappointment. It was alright but not worth the tedious time and effort.

  • jho2003
    Jan 10, 2011

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