Give lunch a seasonal twist with this deliciously cheesy sandwich stuffed full of garden fresh heirloom tomatoes and aromatic basil. Grilled to golden perfection, plain grilled cheese takes on summer’s best flavors with this quick and easy recipe. And we’ve found a no-fail way to cook up the best grilled cheese sandwich around. Want to know the secret? It’s all about the pan, and the Good Cook Cast Iron Grill Pan delivers perfectly toasty sandwiches with layers of gooey, melty cheese inside. So slice up your freshest garden bounty, grab your pan, and grill away!
Fun Flavor Twists
Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:
- Go Gourmet. Get fancy and switch out your usual cheese for something a little upscale, like brie, burrata or manchego.
- Avocado. Sneak in some ripe avocado slices to up the yum factor!
- Double Trouble. As if two slices of cheddar aren’t enough, add a slice of creamy Havarti or mozzarella for extra gooey goodness.
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Garden Grilled Cheese
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2
- 4 slices bread
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp mayonnaise or pesto
- 4 slices sharp cheddar
- 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin
- fresh basil, if desired
- salt and pepper, to taste
Heat a Good Cook Cast Iron Grilled over medium-low heat.
Butter the outside of 2 slices of bread. Spread mayonnaise (or pesto) on the opposite side of 2 pieces of bread.
Place bread buttered-side down in griddle. Top each slice with cheese. Cook until golden. (Cover with a lid or baking pan to speed up the cheese melting process).
Remove from heat. Top 2 slices of bread with sliced heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil (if desired). Place second piece of bread on top. Slice, serve and enjoy!
For extra crunch, add sliced cucumber to the center of your sandwich, too. Delicious!