Caprese Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich
bon apetit!Prep Time:
25 minutes Ready In:
30 minutes or less Serves:
1 slice prosciutto 2 thick slices (½”) crusty Italian bread 3 to 4 (¼” thick) slices Tre Stelle® Mozzarella Cheese (depends on size of bread) 3 to 4 (¼” thick) slices of fresh, firm tomatoes (heirloom, or on the vine preferred) 2 to 3 fresh basil leaves salt pepper balsamic reduction butter, softened
Preheat your oven to 350℉ with a rack in the middle position. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up, and put your piece of prosciutto on the foil. Bake for 12 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool once done. While the prosciutto is baking, prep and begin cooking the rest of your sandwich. Slice your tomato and mozzarella. Lightly season the tomato slices with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Generously butter one side of each slice of bread. Place the bread, butter side down, in a cold, non-stick pan. Top each piece of bread with an even layer of mozzarella cheese. Place the pan over medium-low heat, and let gently warm until the cheese has completely softened and started to melt. Your bread will not have browned much, if at all, at this point. Once the cheese has melted, turn the heat up to medium until the bread has crisped up and turned a golden brown on the bottom. Immediately turn off the heat. Top one side of the bread with the slice of prosciutto, then the tomato slices. Drizzle on a generous amount of balsamic glaze, then top with the fresh basil leaves. Finally, carefully place the second piece of bread on top –remember that it will be hot. Set the sandwich aside on a cutting board for 2 minutes to cool slightly before cutting. You can drizzle some additional balsamic reduction on top of the sandwich, or onto the plate for dipping.