Margherita Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese gets more indulgent and interesting with a flavor fusion inspired by Margherita pizza. Featuring melted slices of Grande Mozzarella Cheese, thin slices of Roma tomato seasoned with olive oil, and fresh basil leaves on thick buttery grilled Italian country bread. Not your mom’s grilled cheese!

Margherita Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2 slices Rustic Italian panini bread slices

As needed Butter, melted

3 oz. (8 slices) Marinated Roma Tomatoes (see recipe)

Marinated Roma Tomatoes

3 oz. (6 tbsp.) Olive oil

1 oz. (2 tbsp.) Red wine vinegar

2 each Garlic cloves, fresh, smashed

1/2 oz. (1/4 cup) Fresh basil, chiffonade

1 tsp. Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. Black pepper, coarse ground

2 lbs. (8 cups) Roma tomato slices, 1/4-inch


Margherita Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Yield: One Sandwich
  1. Brush outer surfaces of 2 bread slices lightly with butter.
  2. Arrange 1 slice of bread, butter side down, on flat work surface; top with 3 slices Grande Sliced Mozzarella Cheese and 8 slices marinated Roma tomatoes. Close with top slice of bread, butter side up.
  3. Grill in a preheated panini grill until bread is golden and cheese is melted.
  4. Diagonal-slice sandwich in half. Serve.
Marinated Roma Tomatoes
Yield: 36 oz. (12 servings)
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in half-size hotel pan and whisk to blend; add tomatoes. Cover and chill to hold.
  2. Hold at room temperature for service.