Open-Faced Smoky Tomato Grilled Cheese

Open-Faced Smoky Tomato Grilled Cheese
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Grilled Cheese
Paulette Phlipot
Grilled Cheese

A ripe summer tomato crowned with smoky, gooey cheese elevates this comfort food classic to another realm entirely. Pairing it with a green salad is a must. 

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4
Servings
189
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Tip: Because each sandwich has a whopping ¾ cup of cheese, serve only one slice per person. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pound smoked mozzarella, wrapped in foil, frozen for 10 minutes
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 4 slices thick-cut country-style sourdough, or pugliese bread
  • 1 large or 2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 4 sprigs of basil, for garnish
  • Lightly dressed salad greens, for serving

Directions

Set the broiler rack 5 inches from the heat source. Shred the cheese on the largest holes of a box grater. You'll have 3 scant cups. 

 

Place the bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush both sides with the oil. Broil on one side for 1 minute only, or until the top feels just slightly toasted but is not yet colored. Remove from the oven (keep the broiler on) and flip the bread. 

 

Lay 1 thick tomato slice on each piece of bread. Divide the cheese among the bread slices, pressing firmly so it adheres and blankets the bread's entired surface. (If some falls on the sheet pan, let it. It makes a crispy and delicious garnish.)

 

Return to the broiler until the cheese bubbles and turns golden brown, watching carefully and snatching the pan from the oven just before it burns. Drizzle each slice with a thin stream of olive oil, garnish with a basil sprig, and serve with plenty of salad. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
22µg
24%
Calcium, Ca
18mg
2%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
19µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
40mg
6%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
210mg
14%
Water
26g
1%

Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.