Open-Faced Smoky Tomato Grilled Cheese

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Open-Faced Smoky Tomato Grilled Cheese
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
283
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. 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
26%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Cholesterol
45mg
15%
Protein
16g
32%
Carbs
17g
6%
Vitamin A
114µg
13%
Vitamin B12
1µg
22%
Vitamin C
4mg
7%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.8mg
4.1%
Vitamin K
7µg
9%
Calcium
328mg
33%
Fiber
2g
6%
Folate (food)
27µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
37µg
9%
Folic acid
6µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
28mg
7%
Monounsaturated
6g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
251mg
36%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
167mg
5%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
14.1%
Sodium
504mg
21%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.9%
Zinc
2mg
14%