You could be wondering: “Why is Smitty giving us such a simple recipe as grilled tomato and cheese?” After all, besides Kraft macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese is one of those delicacies almost everyone older than a third grader — and probably several younger — has made on quite a few occasions. I mean, really, is there a single person reading this article who has never made a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich?
Making the perfect grilled tomato and cheese sandwich is often a lesson in frustration.
When it comes to sandwiches, a grilled cheese alone or with any other filling such as tomato or ham is hard to beat. And, it is an easy sandwich to make. But for every grilled cheese and tomato sandwich made — where the tomato is hot, the cheese fully melted and the bread grilled to a golden brown — there are probably at least four or five that have been burnt trying to get the cheese in the middle melted and the tomato at least a little warm.
Come on, admit it, making the perfect grilled tomato and cheese sandwich is often a lesson in frustration because in order to get the cheese in the middle to fully melt, the bread will quite often end up a little on the dark side. Of course, there is one simple thing you can do to up the odds into your favor of turning out the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. It is something that I do when cooking any meat in a sauté pan or many other things I might be afraid of burning or overcooking.
All you have to do is cook it to a golden brown on the first side and then turn it over; instead of finishing it on the burner on top of the stove, toss it in the oven. By the time the second side is golden brown, the cheese is melted all the way through and whatever else is in the sandwich also is hot. Another thing that happens when you finish the sandwich in the oven is that the butter will brown and as I’ve said in the past, that is one of the best flavors in the world.
I also want to add that this plain and easy sandwich can be varied to suit your taste buds in a million different ways. For example, you can vary the type of cheese you use or a combination of cheeses. You can add various fillings such as ham or tomatoes or both. Or, think about an appetizers you see in a lot of restaurants: tomato and mozzarella with fresh basil. The variations are endless.
Try a variation of a grilled tomato and cheese sandwich for lunch and enjoy.
Grilled Tomato and Cheese Sandwich
2 slices of bread
2-3 slices cheese
2-3 thin slices tomato
Butter one side of a piece of bread and place it in the pan on medium high, buttered side down.
Place 1 to 1½ slices of cheese, depending on the size of the bread and cheese, onto the buttered slice, then the tomato and then the rest of the cheese. Top with the second piece of bread, buttered side up.
Once the first side is golden brown, flip the sandwich and place it right in a 350-degree oven. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the second side is golden.