Monday, August 29, 2016

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Clearly, I'm aware there are innumerable ways to make grilled cheese sandwiches. I think any form of pan fried sandwich that includes cheese is considered a grilled cheese, and lately they've gone from the simple home-cooked comfort food of our childhood to trendy menu offerings at several popular restaurants.

However, I've only had it one way. My favorite way - the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Regular buttered white sandwich bread with one slice of american cheese. I'm very particular about HOW to make it and some of that will be seen in this post, but I've never tried other ingredients. Until now!

Pizza grilled cheese sandwiches are now a family favorite in this house, and they're a great alternative to ordering pizza.

Here's how its done!

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients (Per sandwich!)

2 slices white sandwich bread
1 tbsp butter
½ cup mozzarella cheese
6 pepperoni slices
1 tbsp marinara sauce
2 pinches garlic powder

Butter bread directly. It creates a much better effect than melting butter in a pan.

Lay both slices of bread buttered side down (so that the butter will be on the outside of the sandwich) next to each other.

After about 30 seconds (this can vary based on how hot pan is - just let bread firm up a bit), add your toppings, cheese first. Stack toppings on ONE piece of bread so empty slice can easily be moved.

Flip empty slice of bread on top of topping filled slice.

Squish sandwich with spatula to 'glue' together.

Carefully flip sandwich over.

Once you have achieved desired grill level, add a pinch of garlic powder, and flip over to toast the garlic powder into the bread.

Repeat with other side of sandwich.

(Note - an alternative would be to soften the butter in advance, and mix with garlic powder before spreading on the bread.)

Remove from heat, plate, and cut in half to serve.

*(we've added black olives, chopped red bells, and powdered 'red hots'. Other ideas would be mushrooms, feta, pineapple, spinach, cooked crumbled sausage - get creative!

We usually go totally kid friendly and serve with fries, but this would be great with a side salad as well!  If you are a fan of the classic 'soup and sandwich' combination, try this with a cup of Tomato-Basil soup - perfection!


  1. This looks great!I think various varieties of bread could be wonderful, too!

  2. Hi Jackie, I really like the idea of adding pepperoni to a grilled cheese! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Blessings, Janet

  3. This is great and I love how easy and yummy it looks. I know this will be a great hit with my kids. Thanks for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  4. That looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :D

  5. What a yummy take on a classic sandwich! Love it :)

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  6. This is going to go down real easy!

  7. This looks so yummy! My boys and I have been eating a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches this week but I never think to make these various "new" recipes I see. Pinning in the hopes I'll remember next time.

  8. What a great idea with simple ingredients. A cross between a grilled cheese and pizza. Genius!

  9. Jackie-
    These would disappear @ my house!

  10. I love this sandwich! So yummy!

  11. This looks delicious! :)
    This made me smile, remembering making my son grilled cheese which he called 'gorilla cheese' - I would always place the sandwich on his place mat and say, "No gorillas where harmed in the making of this sandwich" - it got a giggle every time. Thanks for reminding me and making me smile. I'm definitely going to share and try this.
    Dropped by from #FridayFrivolity
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly. :)

  12. 2 of my favorite foods combined?! Thanks for sharing. I am for sure saving this post. Great blog, Ive enjoyed browsing around! :)

  13. Such a great alternative to ordering pizza, love this and I bet with the pepperoni it tastes super good!!

  14. How easy but delicious sounding! Pinned this on my Man Food board for my husband and son.

  15. Jackie, this looks yummy! Thank you for sharing at SYC! xx Jo

  16. ok Jackie - now you have me craving grilled cheese - I love this new take on a classic --- well, its new to me anyway and I think I have everything in the fridge but the pepperoni :) yummy - found you today at #FridayFrivolity

  17. I love this variation on a regular grilled cheese! My kids would love this idea, too. Might be a nice Saturday lunch menu.

  18. Dropped by again, this time from #BloggersPitStop - made grilled cheese last night, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  19. Sounds yummy! I don't think you can go wrong by combining pizza & grilled cheese! Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party.

  20. Oh that sounds so so good. I could do with a little comfort food right now. It is ages since I had any sort of grilled cheese sandwich and you recipie and method is just right.

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  21. Now that's a winning idea!! Looks good! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  22. Love a grilled cheese now and then! This sound yummy and I will be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  23. Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real Link Up.

  24. Yes please, Yum. Thank you for bringing this delicious sandwich to Fiesta Friday.

  25. Ooo very yum! I should give this a go! #FridayFrivolity

  26. Very creative recipe! Thank you for linking with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

  27. Oooh yum! Thanks for sharing at #FridayFrivolity -- pinning and tweeting!