Cheesy Pizza Sandwich Recipe
I might catch some flack for the title of this post. Can you guess why? It is all in the name: Cheesy Pizza Sandwiches… or grilled cheese 🙂
Cheesy Pizza Sandwiches are mini, slider-size gourmet cheese sandwiches with mozzarella cheese, tomato jam and pepperoni. Kid friendly and great for parties!
Recently I’ve been in the middle of a heated debate that has seriously touched a nerve for some folks and I get why, it is a very serious subject: grilled cheese. Gourmet grilled cheese, to be exact.
April is National Grilled Cheese month, which was how this conversation got started when I took a little poll on my Facebook page. The question:
Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese month? Now… here is the real question: What defines a grilled cheese?
A. Cheese and bread, anything else is just a hot sandwich with cheese (Grilled Cheese Purist)
B. Cheese, bread and maybe some veggie
C. Cheese, bread and protein still constitutes a grilled cheese… bacon makes everything better
D. Does it really matter? It is all delicious!
The results might surprise you and some were very passionate about their answers. I encourage you to go check it out HERE.
This tasty little creation of pure comfort food is going to catch even more heat since I used a panini press… does that make it classified as a panini now?
What if I just used cheese and bread, still buttered, but used the press to get the crispy crust? Is it no longer a grilled cheese?
I opted to not name my tasty treats either panini or grilled cheese as to not further excite my readers and opted for what I believe to be a very benign name of: Cheesy Pizza Sandwiches (even though in my heart, I believe they are grilled cheese).
What makes my pizza grilled cheese sandwiches different? The main difference is that instead of using pizza sauce, I used my zesty tomato jam. It still taste like tomato, but with an edge that makes these bite-sized sandwiches the adult version.
If you love gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, here are a few more!
Tools for making your Cheesy Pizza Sandwich:
Panini Press- Having this kitchen gadget makes any gourmet grilled cheese sandwich a snap!
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
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Butter one side of eat piece of bread. Equally divide and slather the opposite side of each piece with a small amount of tomato jam.
On half of the pieces, pile one piece of turkey pepperoni and slice of mozzarella, topping with another slice of bread, buttered sides facing out.
Heat panini press or large skillet. Arrange in a single layer and grill. If using a skillet, slip after 1-2 minutes or until bread is a buttery, golden brown.
If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!