There’s a scene in the movie Chef where the star, Jon Favreau, makes a grilled cheese sandwich. It was the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Perfectly toasted on both sides. And it crunched, oh how it crunched, when he sliced it. I have to admit, I’m still working on my grilled cheese toasting skills, but I sure do enjoy a great grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. These white pizza grilled cheese sandwiches have a great pizza-ish herby flavor to them, with ooey-gooey melted mozzarella and a little Parmesan to boot. Very good, and a little different.
I prefer to use Texas toast for my grilled sandwiches. It holds up and holds up well to just about anything you want to pile up on it. No one likes a grilled cheese that just dissolves once you get past the crust. Nope, you need a bread that will be there till the end, and for me that’s Texas toast. Oh, and I love to make smoked paprika and garlic croutons out of any leftover pieces of Texas toast I might have.
The Griddler is a champ at making grilled cheese sandwiches, like my muffuletta grilled cheese, grilled caramel apply cheese, grilled spinach and artichoke cheese, and pepperoni pizza grilled cheese.
White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Servings 6 sandwiches
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried basil crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano crumbled
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 12 slices bread I used Texas Toast
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
Turn on your Griddler to the griddle setting and 350 F, or heat a large skillet over medium heat.
Mix the ricotta and oil together in a large bowl.
Stir in the garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Mix in the mozzarella cheese. The mixture will be thick. Don't be afraid to use your hands to mix it well.
Lightly butter each slice of bread on one side.
Working in batches, place slices of bread butter-side down on the Griddler or into the skillet. Top with the cheese mixture, spreading out evenly.
Add the top piece of bread butter-side up.
Cook until the bottom bread is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
I love my Cuisinart Griddler. It’s the perfect kitchen appliance. I use it to make paninis, hashbrowns, waffles, burgers, eggs… just about anything. My favorite use for it has to be making sandwiches, like this toasted Italian sandwich. The bread gets nice and toasted on the outside, giving me that perfect crunchy bite. The mozzarella cheese gets nice and melted. Top that off with great Italian cold cuts, homemade sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, and I’ve got the perfect lunch.
My favorite bread for sandwiches is hands-down, ciabatta. It has those great airy pockets in it (it reminds me a bit of English muffins, my other favorite bread). It gets fantastically crunchy while still being soft in the middle, like the perfect pizza crust. I like to serve my sandwiches with my quick-fix Italian salad (made without adding meat).
The Griddler is the master of making sandwiches. Also try my sweet-and-savory turkey panini.
Toasted Italian Sandwich
Servings 1 sandwich
- 1 ciabatta roll sliced horizontally
- 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
- 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- 2 slices Mozzarella cheese
- 3 slices Prosciutto
- 1 slice salami
- 1 slice sandwich pepperoni
- 1 slice Capicolo
- 1 slice Sopressata
Heat a large skillet, cast iron skillet or Griddler.
Place the ciabatta into the skillet cut-side down and toast for a few minutes until the bread starts to get crunchy and brown.
Spread the top of the roll with pest and sun-dried tomatoes.
Add the cheese and meats to the bottom slice. Return to the skillet to melt the cheese.
Add the top bun, slice and serve.
This baked Italian sub pizza packs on everything I love about a classic Italian sub (er… hoagie). Sandwich meats. Black olives and banana peppers (yum). Cheese. Lots of cheese. And just a bit of Italian dressing and basil. Quick to make and quick to disappear, these pizzas make for a great fast lunch or dinner.
To spice this baked Italian sub pizza up, use hot banana peppers, spicy salami and maybe toss a few jalapeno slices on there to boot. Oh, and a good bit of dried red pepper flake ain’t gonna hurt either.
Also try my French bread pizza rustica.
Baked Italian Sub Pizza
Servings 2 servings
- 1 12 " loaf French bread
- 4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
- 8 thin slices of tomato
- 4 thin slices of hard salami chopped
- 4 ounces of thin sliced deli ham chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup sliced mild banana peppers
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese divided
- Dried basil crumbled
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Cut the bread in half lengthwise and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Brush the insides of each half of bread with the Italian dressing.
Divide the tomato, salami, ham, olives and peppers between the two bread halves.
Sprinkle with crumbled basil and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy.
Cut into slices and serve.