Recipe for Grilled Pizza Sandwiches – the perfect throw-together meal for a light weeknight dinner
4 slices good bread
4 Tbsp good quality chopped tinned tomatoes or passata
1 large ripe tomato, sliced
semi-soft cheese (mozzarella, Edam, Gouda, Fontina or Provolone would all work)
10 fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp butter, softened
salt and pepper to taste
Spread one side of each slice of bread with the chopped tomatoes/passata (use a thin layer only – you don’t want the bread to get too soggy)
Place thin slices of cheese on each slice of bread (you need some cheese on each side to make the halves stick together when the cheese melts), then cover two of the slices with tomato and basil leaves.
Sprinkle dried oregano on all the slices and then sandwich together one cheese and one tomato slice to make two sandwiches.
Mash together the butter and minced garlic together with salt and pepper to taste. Spread both outside surfaces of each sandwich with garlic butter.
Heat a ridged cast-iron griddle pan on the stove until it is hot, then carefully place the sandwiches in the hot pan. Press down firmly with an egg lifter – you want to make sure that the two sides stick together properly. Check the underside of the sandwiches and when they have grill marks and the cheese is looking slightly melty around the crusts, flip them over and repeat on the other side.
When both sides have good grill marks and the cheese is beginning to ooze out, remove from the pan, slice in half and serve immediately.
You can also spice these up by adding some slices of pepperoni or salami.
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