Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grilled Cheese with Basil Pesto & Sliced Tomatoes

Grilled Cheese with Basil Pesto and Tomato

 As I've mentioned before, I've been on a basil pesto kick this summer, due mostly to the fact that I have about 12 square feet of basil in my garden. The other day I was looking for something to eat for lunch. Lunchtime is always a problem for me, because I don't want a big meal, but it has to be more than a snack and has to include enough protein to keep me going til dinnertime.

I went for the Udi's whole grain gluten-free bread (which, by the way, had huge holes in the slices so I only got to use a few of them for sandwiches and the rest will go for gluten-free bread crumbs for stuffing a turkey or for meatloaf - so it wasn't a total loss).

On one slice of bread I arranged enough pepper jack cheese to cover every square inch of bread. We always have pepper jack on hand, for it's one of our favorites. On the other slice I spread the fresh basil pesto liberally (quite uncharacteristically, I might add). On top of that I arranged fresh, warm-from-the-garden tomato slices.

I then melted a little olive oil and a little butter in the skillet, turned it down to low, set the sandwich in the skillet, and covered it with a lid.

A few minutes later I flipped the sandwich over and covered it with the lid again.

Two more minutes maybe...enough so that the bread was golden (okay, a little too golden maybe, but I had to check my e-mail) and the cheese was partially melted.

This was UNbelievably delicious!! (so much so that I made another one today!)


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16 comments:

Joyce said...

Looks delcious!

Sandra said...

and the sandwich is also beautiful to look at. i have never tried a lid making a grilled cheese, will have to try that

Jenn said...

LOVE that you used pepper jack cheese. That has been my all time favorite cheese since I was a little kid and it sure does bring a nice little kick to the plain old grilled cheese! Now, do bring your already amazing sandwich over the top, you need a little bacon in there!!! :)

Olive Cooper said...

It looks wonderful and Yummy. I grew basil but we ate it only once. I really just love to photograph it-I am bad that way. xoxo, olive

Christine {Three Gentlemen and a Lady} said...

I LOVE tomato on my grilled cheese. I'll bet the basil pesto makes it even better. I'll have to try that sometime!

EM Illustrator said...

Sounds delicious :)

Chatty Crone said...

You will not believe this - just cleaned up dinner of grilled cheese - yours did look better then mine! sandie

Yenta Mary said...

Oooooooooh ... :) That sounds even more amazing than it looks!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

That sandwich looks so delicious!!

Denise said...

This made me hungry.

Debra said...

Man, now THAT is a grilled cheese sandwich.

J_on_tour said...

Tasty. Tomatoes is one of my things although I am trying to cut down on the cheese at the moment.

GretchenJoanna said...

What an amazing sandwich, truly inspiring! I have been making a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches lately and have wanted to branch out from the basic cheddar version. I knew I wouldn't want to put the basil with cheddar. So now I'm ready to shop and cook and use my nice tomatoes and basil too.

GretchenJoanna said...

As I scrolled down from the sandwich story and picture, when I saw the picture of soap I first thought it was some caramel dessert to finish off the meal. :-)

mare ball said...

What a gorgeous sandwich! Will def try this. Your chocolate soap looks like brownies!

Dina Lettre said...

Oh, how I love a grilled cheese! This sounds amazing...and I really like the idea of using butter and oil in the pan.

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