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This gourmet grilled cheese is special to me for a couple of reasons.  Not only is it one of my favorite comfort foods, but it’s also the first dish I took pictures of with my new camera.  🙂

shallotI hope you are as happy with this change as I am!  It was just time to step up my game and buy a big girl camera; my poor iPhone barely shoots photos AT ALL anymore, so it was just another sign to man up and do it.  A year ago, my phone was new and my corner unit apartment sat on the twelfth floor of a gorgeous Chicago highrise.  Natural light and photo quality were just fine in terms of the beginnings of a food blog!  Things have definitely changed, I am no longer in Chicago, and my poor little phone has gone kaput, but hey.  That’s all just fine!  🙂mozzarella

I dig this camera.  I have soooo much to learn, but this is a decent start.  I hope you agree!

gourmet grilled cheeseLet’s focus on this gourmet grilled cheese though.  I know this concept has been floating around the internet for quite some time, so I had to come up with my own version that I knew I would love.  I saw a specific gourmet grilled cheese recipe that contained shallots, and that totally did it for me.  I really dig shallots – as you may know from my spinach and shallot spread (this is getting revamped soon – stay tuned!)  So, my version of this recipe turned into a hearty combination of mozzarella (fresh), extra sharp yellow cheddar, shallots, and roasted tomato.

My favorite part of this sandwich has to be the roasted tomato flavor melding with the cheese.  I’m such a believer in a traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup, so I had to find a way to incorporate all of those flavors when I didn’t have any soup on hand.  This worked perfectly for my taste, and I really hope you like it, too.  Enjoy!

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gourmet grilled cheese.

Gooey, melty, cheesy goodness complimented by shallots and roasted tomatoes. The ultimate comfort food sandwich!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gourmet grilled cheese, grilled cheese with tomato
Servings: 1 sandwich
Calories: 632kcal
Author: sara a.
Cost: $3

Ingredients

for roasted tomatoes

  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • pinch of: salt pepper, sugar, crushed red pepper

for sandwich

  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. shallots minced
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 6 small square slices extra sharp cheddar
  • 6 small slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter on hand, in case you need it for the bread

Instructions

to roast tomatoes

  • half every tomato and place round-side down onto a small, shallow, oven safe dish.
  • sprinkle a pinch of sugar over each, followed by the salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  • drizzle olive oil onto each individual tomato half, covering all surfaces.
  • bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, while you prepare the rest of your sandwich!

for sandwich

  • melt 1 Tbsp. of unsalted butter over medium heat in a small saute pan.
  • add shallots, and cook for 3-4 minutes until very tender and fragrant.
  • remove shallots from the pan using a slotted spoon, and place directly onto each slice of bread. you only want to add the shallots to the "inside" part of each slide (what will be the inside parts of your sandwich)
  • if you have enough melted butter remaining in your saute pan, place one slide of bread directly onto the surface of the pan. (note: place the bread shallot side UP!) if there isn't quite enough butter left, go ahead and add just enough to coat the surface of the pan before laying down the slice of bread.
  • evenly distribute all of the cheddar slices directly on top of the bread and shallots, covering the entire surface. let this cook for a couple of minutes until the cheddar just starts to melt. repeat with the mozzarella directly on top of the cheddar.
  • remove your roasted tomatoes from the oven, and place every single one of them directly on top of the mozzarella. feel free to squish them down a bit so those roasted juices flow into the cheese!
  • place the second slide of bread (shallot side down) onto the mozzarella and tomatoes, so they can all have a chance to get to know each other.
  • flip the sandwich over to allow the other slice of bread to cook, roughly 3-4 minutes.
  • remove from pan and let it sit for just a few seconds so the tomatoes can really melt into the mozzarella..
  • slice in half (or diagonally like me, because i'm five years old at heart), and serve hot.
  • enjoy!

Notes

use any cheese you like if you are creating your own sandwich. for me, mozzarella is such a gorgeous melting cheese that i couldn't resist pairing it with one of my all time favorites: extra sharp yellow cheddar. mmm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 632kcal
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  1. Reply

    Yum! This looks delish!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Theresa!

  2. Reply

    That’s some fancy looking grilled cheese there! My hubby is king of grilled cheese in our house! Will see if he can make this one for us next time!

    1. Reply

      You should! It sounds fancy but these flavors together just do it for me. I really hope you and your husband get to try it out soon!

  3. Reply

    This has me drooling. Bookmarked it for later…

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Brittany! Just the aroma when I was making it was enough to have me overly excited to dive in. I hope you enjoy!!

  4. Reply

    I’m hungry now – thanks to your awesome post! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank YOU for stopping by! I appreciate it so much!

  5. Reply

    Looks really tempting. I so love cheese. will definitely make it right now.

    1. Reply

      I am a cheese addict, for sure. I was in heaven after I was done shooting photos on this one!

  6. Reply

    This looks delicious and yummy! – Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Tayrina! It was a lot of fun to make, and reaaaally awesome to eat. Hope you get to try it out!

    • Sue
    • January 22, 2016
    Reply

    that looks delicious. must try some time soon 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Sue! I hope you do get to try 🙂

  7. Reply

    oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Now I’m hungry! Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by, Ronda! I loooooved this grilled cheese. Hope you get to try it soon!

  8. Reply

    This looks delicious! I love that you roasted the tomatoes. Yum!

    1. Reply

      I am not the biggest fan of raw tomato, but I seriously adore roasted tomatoes. And I needed that flavor due to my lack of tomato soup! It worked out so well!

  9. Reply

    This is delicious 😊

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Ashima!!

  10. Reply

    This looks simple but yummy! Love grilled cheese!

    1. Reply

      That’s what I was going for! Thanks, Clare!

  11. Reply

    Cheese and tomatoes grilled? What could be better?! Looks delicious!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Shanna! It’s such a staple combination. Doesn’t get much better!

  12. Now THAT’s what a grilled cheese should look like! We have a panini press that we haven’t used in a long time. I think it’s time to bring it out again. Awesome recipe! Can’t wait to try.

    1. Reply

      Yes!! Glad you are excited about it! It really is that good … let me know how it goes!

    • Kim
    • August 12, 2016
    Reply

    love grilled cheese…this will be a perfect fall meal with soup on the side

    1. Reply

      I totally agree, Kim!

  13. Reply

    This sounds delicious!! And I gotta say, that photo of the tomatoes…..They look SO GOOD and I’m not even a huge fan of tomatoes by themselves, but those look like they’d be really yummy!

    1. Reply

      I’m right there with you! Tomatoes aren’t really my thing … but they’re beautiful and they go so WELL with grilled cheese! lol

  14. Reply

    I love a good grilled cheese sandwich, recently I have been advised not to eat cheese but I might have a cheat day. The sandwich looks divine!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Debonita! It may be worth a cheat day! 😀

  15. Reply

    Appгeciate thee recommendation. Will try it out.

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