Have you ever made grilled cheese on the grill? Shawn and I were joking around the other day and randomly came up with the idea when I was trying to decide what to make for Kitchen PLAY’s “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event and, honestly, I’m not sure why it isn’t done more often! It was surprisingly uncomplicated, super fast (literally one minute!), and really, really good. The bread gets nice and crispy, and the slight smoke flavor that infuses the sandwich gives it an undeniable summer-like taste..
Of course, this isn’t any old boring grilled cheese; I had to dress it up a little! I brushed slices of Italian bread with garlic infused oil, then topped it with Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend (a combination of white American, Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano) and some fresh tomato bruschetta. All together, the sandwiches were fresh, elegant and extremely satisfying.
The basic method for making these grilled grilled cheeses is simple: brush one side of two slices of bread with softened butter or oil. Flip the bread over and put cheese on the dry side. If you want to add any other fillings, go ahead and add them to one piece of bread, on top on the cheese. Set on a hot grill, cover, and grill for 1 minute, or until the bread is toasted and the cheese is gooey. Remove from the grill and close your sandwich, pressing the two slices of grilled bread gently so the cheese melts together.
Grilled Bruschetta Grilled Cheese
Yields 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic Cloves (whole)
- 6 Roma (Plum) Tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Pesto
- 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 8 slices Italian Sandwich Bread
- 1/2 pound Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend, sliced thinly
- Add the oil and garlic to a small saucepan set over a cold burner. Turn the heat to medium and poach the garlic until it is browned and crispy. Remove from heat and cool. Reserve the garlic oil.
- Cut the tomatoes into a small dice. Add to a colander and rinse, washing away the seeds and tomato water. Transfer to a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of the garlic oil, pesto, and balsamic vinegar. Season with cracked black pepper. (These two steps may be done ahead.)
- Turn on all grill burners to high. Brush one side of each bread slice with garlic oil. (Save any extra oil for another use). Flip each slice over and add cheese to the un-oiled side. Top half of the bread with the tomato mixture. Set the bread on the grill, oiled side down. Close the cover and grill 30 seconds. Turn the bread 90 degrees to get crossed grill lines. Cover and cook another 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
- To prepare the sandwiches, flip a piece of cheesy bread onto each piece of bread with tomatoes. Gently press down on the top of each sandwich to help the cheese layers melt together.
Be sure to check Kitchen PLAY every day for the next fabulous recipe featuring new Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend or Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese. Then, get in on the fun by leaving a comment with your own “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” tip for dining al fresco this summer. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a lovely grilling prize pack, including one grilling spatula, one marinade brush, one set of tongs and one grill scraper. Kitchen PLAY will be giving away four prizes total, one each week! Please visit Kitchen PLAY for sweepstakes guidelines.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. All opinions are my own.