Caprese Grilled Cheese

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 1 sandwich
Active time:12 minutes
Total time:12 minutes
This recipe appears in: Caprese Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 slices French or Italian bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ounce mozzarella cheese, sliced or grated
  • 2 slices ripe tomato
  • 6 basil leaves
  • Kosher salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Heat one teaspoon butter and one teaspoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.

  2. 2

    Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. half of cheese on top of one slice of bread. Top with tomato, basil, and remaining cheese. Close sandwich, with both toasted sides facing inwards.

  3. 3

    Heat one more teaspoon each of butter and oil in the skillet and reduce heat to medium low. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining butter and oil. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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