Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

We love grilled cheese here in One Artsy Mama land.
Part of that is due to the fact that a certain little 3-year-old I know is becoming a ridiculously difficult eater and one of the two foods he’ll almost always agree to eat is a grilled cheese sandwich.
Part of it is because I’ve loved it myself ever since I was his age.
We all know it’s easier to fix the same thing for everyone {moms, can I get an ‘amen!’} but I have to admit that I can get just a little tired of the same old thing for lunch.
Sooo…when I saw this recipe for a Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Pinterest {yes, I love me some Pinterest!}, I was intrigued.  It’s perfect for so many reasons!
1. It uses basil.  You may remember that I planted some herbs this summer…put them in cute little pots and made signs for them.  I’ve made great use of the rosemary, the mint, and even the lavender, but the basil was eluding me.  I hadn’t used a bit of it yet, but I had plenty of it, nice and fresh and ready to dazzle my grilled cheese with its flavor!
2. It uses tomatoes.  I’m not the only one who planted some things this year…remember Little Crafter’s veggie garden?  Red and green peppers, and tomatoes.  Lots of tomatoes.  He picks them faster than we can eat them.  Right now I have about ten in the kitchen and three grape tomatoes sitting here next to the computer from when Little Crafter ran inside with them proudly clutched in his hands.  So anything that calls for fresh tomatoes is a good thing.

{This pic is from when we planted the garden…you should see the massive beasts the tomato plants have turned into!}
3. It uses provolone cheese: my favorite!
Three great reasons why I was excited to try this grown up version of a well-loved sandwich.
Here’s the recipe, from The Cook Mobile.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Basil Leaves and Stramato

2 bread slices
2 slices of provolone cheese
fresh basil leaves
stramato or other type of tomato, thinly sliced
salt and pepper

Butter one side of each slice of bread.  On unbuttered side of one slice, layer one slice of cheese, basil leaves, and tomato.  Season with a dash of salt and pepper.  Top with another slice of provolone and finish with the other slice of bread.  Place in pan or on griddle and toast until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
Assembling Sandwich

The original recipe calls for french bread, which is probably quite tasty…I just used plain old white sandwich bread because it’s what I already had laying around for Little Crafter’s sandwiches.  It also says to lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the tomatoes.  Again, I didn’t have any, but I didn’t think anything was lacking without it.  It’s a very tasty twist on a classic favorite; grilled cheese all grown up!

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24 comments on Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

  1. Terry
    August 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM (4 years ago)

    What is it about grilled cheese that makes you instantly want to have one? This looks like a great version. By the way, do you like omelets or Italian food? I use basil a lot in both of those.

  2. Carmella
    August 29, 2011 at 3:50 AM (4 years ago)

    Yay! for garden goodies! this sandwich looks great!

  3. Betsy
    August 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM (4 years ago)

    Mmmm! What a yummy lunch for this time of year. Perfect way to use the basil and tomatoes in my garden!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Samantha
    August 29, 2011 at 6:57 PM (4 years ago)

    I made this for my lunch today! My husband was super impressed at the flavour just a tiny bit of fresh basil could produce…thank you ever so much! xx

  5. Ellie
    August 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM (4 years ago)

    Yummy! I want one right now! Visiting from Terrific Under 10.

  6. LrSchwtz
    August 31, 2011 at 12:16 AM (4 years ago)

    These look so tasty, I wish I had some tomatoes! I’d love for you to stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at I’m your newest follower.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:56 AM (4 years ago)

    This recipe looks amazing! Please join in on the fun and come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow to share this tasty recipe with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  8. Handy Man, Crafty Woman
    August 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM (4 years ago)

    That looks So yummy! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  9. Krista
    September 1, 2011 at 2:01 AM (4 years ago)

    Yum! I make a similar sandwich with olive oil brushed on the bread, and the basalmic drizzled. Mmmmm… love tomatoes and basil!

  10. Annie
    September 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM (4 years ago)

    Stop making me hungry! Haha! That looks amazing! I will definitely try this soon!!!

  11. Judy
    September 3, 2011 at 7:42 PM (4 years ago)

    Looks delicious! Am trying it today! Thanks!

  12. Jami
    September 4, 2011 at 8:31 PM (4 years ago)

    YUM!!! My mouth is watering! Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe to the Tuesday To Do Party! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!

  13. Gray Cardigan
    September 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM (4 years ago)

    Sounds so good!!! I can’t wait to try it!!

  14. gigi123
    September 5, 2011 at 1:01 PM (4 years ago)

    Just ate b-fast but I could snack this in a few! LOL

  15. andie jaye
    September 6, 2011 at 5:08 AM (4 years ago)

    now that’s some yummy goodness! thanks for linking this (and your other awesome ones) to my party last week!

  16. Krista
    September 8, 2011 at 10:52 PM (4 years ago)

    That looks amazing. I’m thinking I need to go make one now!

    This will be featured at this weekend’s link party. Thanks for sharing! Come check out your name in lights and hope to see you at the party!

    Krista @ While He Was Napping


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