Caprese Grilled Cheese


Anything that contains the word “Caprese” in the recipe title, I’m in. I love Caprese entrees and appetizers and I love a hot off the griddle grilled cheese. When the two are combined together you get an intensely delicious sandwich that you won’t easily forget. Obviously you don’t have to use fresh bread as I listed in the recipe, but I figure if you are going to fill a sandwich with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil then you may as well keep a good thing going. Looking for a delightfully simple and quick lunch or dinner idea? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than grilled cheese and this is grilled cheese done right. Enjoy!


Caprese Grilled Cheese

Yield: 1 serving


  • 2 slices fresh bread (I recommend sourdough or rustic white bread)
  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella , sliced into rounds or grated*
  • 4 - 6 Roma tomato slices
  • 1 Tbsp chopped , fresh basil ribbons
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil or 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 clove of garlic , for rubbing bread


  1. Layer Mozzarella rounds in an even layer over one slice of bread followed by an even layer of sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle basil ribbons over top and season with ground black pepper to taste, then cover with remaining slice of bread. Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil in a non-stick skillet, heat over medium-low heat and tilt back and forth to evenly coat (heat the oil long enough for it to glide easily across the pan but don't heat it to smoking point before adding sandwich or it the bread will toast before the cheese has a chance to melt. If using butter, spread 1/2 tbsp butter on both top and bottom of sandwich and heat skillet over medium heat), add sandwich, cover with lid and cook until sandwich is golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes. Then lift sandwich out of skillet and drizzle remaining 1 tsp olive oil into skillet, tilt pan back and forth to evenly coat. Carefully flip sandwich to opposite side then return to skillet, cover with lid and continue to cook until bottom side is golden brown and cheese is melted through. Remove from skillet and lightly brush garlic clove along toasted sides of bread. Serve immediately.
  2. *When I don't have fresh mozzarella on hand I will sometimes use low-moisture part-skim Mozzarella which is also delicious.


  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn, I just had a huge snack and a big dinner earlier and now all i want is one of these sandwiches. I love caprese ANYTHING!! I like the suggestion for the balsamic dipping sauce you wrote in your comment reply too – amazing :) November 19, 2012 at 7:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks =), isn’t caprese the best? I love the flavors of Italian food! November 20, 2012 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Aisha Crumbine: …and if you have a Corner Bakery anywhere near you, their dressing for the mixed greens salad is perfect for this sandwich…said as I stare at a plate with crumbs wishing for another…

      Oh! I added shredded chicken to mine too! Nom, nom, nom. November 27, 2012 at 1:23pm Reply

  • angela @ anotherbiteplease: i love love love caprese too! we were fortunate to take a trip to Italy and then became my Caprese LOVE….that second picture I want to grab it off the screen and eat! November 19, 2012 at 5:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: My dream! I would love to go to Italy. I hope you had such a great time when you went! Thanks for your comment =)! November 20, 2012 at 12:25pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: What an amazing grilled cheese sandwich! I used to take 2 slices of bread, throw on Kraft singles but this – this is epic! November 19, 2012 at 5:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks =). Thanks for all the comments you always leave, I love to get your comments! I’m loving your blog too! November 20, 2012 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Joan: I came over from TasteSpotting for your dinner rolls. Yum!
    Now this right here…. my mouth is watering just by looking at it. :) November 19, 2012 at 10:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks, glad I made your mouth water =). November 20, 2012 at 12:27pm Reply

  • The Cooleys: Gorgeous photos! November 19, 2012 at 8:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thank you! November 20, 2012 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Yelena: Dear Jaclyn, thank you for stopping by. You are talking about my photos, look at yours, they are so wonderful-) The Grilled Cheese is absolutely scrumptious! Thank you for sharing. November 18, 2012 at 7:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Yelena! and your welcome =) November 20, 2012 at 12:28pm Reply

  • CoastWithMe: My favorite thing on the face of this earth:))! There is nothing I enjoy more than bread and cheese, but this sandwich is just over the top yum:)! November 17, 2012 at 4:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Seriously aren’t carbs just the best =)? November 20, 2012 at 12:28pm Reply

  • No balsamic vinegar: that’s interesting. November 17, 2012 at 3:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah I figured it was already wet enough with the moisture of the fresh mozzarella and the juice of the tomatoes so I didn’t want to make the bread completely soggy but you could always a bit if you’d like =) or make some kind of balsamic dipping sauce that would be delicious. November 17, 2012 at 10:49pm Reply

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