We love grilled cheese and make it fairly often… and we’re always experimenting with all sorts of ingredients… gooey cheese with basil in between thick slices of fresh Tuscan loaf…. can you say yummmm?
Grilled Mozzarella Cheese and Pesto on Tuscan Bread was our Sunday night supper along with a steaming bowl of Creamy Tomato Parmesan Soup… a hearty meal for sure… perfect for a rainy night.
Use a good quality mozzarella cheese.. we used one that was simply not very good. It didn’t have that sweet mozzarella taste and was difficult to melt. When you see store brand… just say no!
If you get stuck realizing you bought a lower grade mozzarella… and it’s having trouble melting… take the sandwich off the grill pan and put it in large skillet that has a lid… put the heat on low to medium…so not to over-brown the bread…. and put the lid on.. it should melt your cheese… as you can see from the picture… the cheese melted fine after did that.
You may ask.. why Tuscan bread?… it’s hearty enough to stand up to the strong flavor of the basil pesto. Cut the bread into thick slices… it makes for a wonderful meal… trust me!
Recipe: Grilled Mozzarella Cheese and Basil Pesto
All you need:
1 loaf Tuscan bread
Basil pesto (commercial or homemade)
Butter or margarine, softened
All you need to do:
Lightly spread softened butter or margarine on one side of the slices of bread.
Flip the slices over and spread pesto on the bread.
Lay half of the slices, butter or margarine side down on a hot griddle. Lay slices of mozzarella cheese on them.. put the remaining slices of bread on top of the cheese, pesto side down.
Cook on the hot griddle over medium heat, until the bottom slice is golden brown.
Carefully flip them over and brown the other side of the sandwich until golden brown and cheese is gooey. *See Tips if having a problem getting the cheese gooey.
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