Dressed-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

By Scott Sarvay

Dressed-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

March 12, 2012 Updated Mar 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM EST

Put your own spin on a grilled cheese sandwich with our trio of easy ideas. Any of our Dressed Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches will take your tastebuds around the world without leaving home!

Caprese-Style Grilled Cheese

The colorful and fresh ingredients we'd find in an Italian caprese salad are layered and melted together in this novel Caprese-Style Grilled Cheese sandwich that's sure to become a favorite at your house!
Serves: 4

Ingredients
• 8 slices Italian or sourdough bread
• 4 plum tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
• 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
• Salt to taste
• Black pepper to taste
• 1 cup fresh basil leaves
• 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions
1. Place 4 slices bread on work surface. Evenly layer each with tomato and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with basil. Place remaining bread slices on top and brush both sides of sandwiches with olive oil.

2. Cook in batches in a skillet over medium heat, until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Plain old American cheese is for kids! This grown-up grilled cheese sandwich fits our grown-up taste buds. Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches make for an exciting change-of-pace option.
Serves: 4

Ingredients
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 1 large sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
• 8 slices Italian or sourdough bread
• 1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese, softened

Instructions
1. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Stir in onions, salt, and pepper, and cook12 to 15 minutes, or until onions are golden, stirring frequently.

2. Place 4 slices of bread on a work surface. Evenly spread one quarter of the goat cheese on each slice and evenly top with caramelized onions. Place remaining bread slices on top and brush both sides of sandwiches with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil.

3. Cook in batches in a skillet over medium heat, until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.

Italian-Antipasto Grilled Cheese

This Italian-Antipasto Grilled Cheese sandwich has all the tastes of a favorite Italian restaurant-style salad, in a warmy melty sandwich.
Serves: 4

Ingredients
• 8 slices Italian or sourdough bread
• 8 slices provolone cheese
• 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, cut into strips
• 8 slices Genoa salami
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions
1. Place 4 slices bread on work surface. Evenly layer each slice with provolone cheese, red pepper strips, and salami. Sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano. Place remaining bread on top and brush both sides of sandwiches with olive oil.

2. Cook in batches in a skillet over medium heat, until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.




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