Pizza grilled cheese

An extraordinarily delicious culinary mash-up!

It seems I am saying something quite often in my kitchen these days, which is “why didn’t I think of this before?” Tucking pizza toppings inside a grilled cheese sandwich is such a simple yet stellar idea and I know it’s an experiment I will be repeating extremely often. As with traditional pizza, you can easily vary the fillings to suit your preferences, but I would recommend sticking with the ratios provided below so you get a sandwich that holds together well. If you’re looking for a few other inventive ways to enjoy the perennially-popular flavours of pizza, check out my pizza biscuits, pizza-stuffed portobellos, pizza muffins or my pizza cobbler.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (62 g) grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup (57 g) minced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (4 g) minced sweet or green onion
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) minced pepperoni
  • 1/3 cup (90 mL) pizza sauce
  • 4 teaspoons (19 g) softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 slices bread (regular or gluten-free)
  • additional pizza sauce for dipping (optional)

Method

  • Prepare the sandwich filling up to 24 hours in advance. In a bowl, combine the mozzarella, green pepper (or other minced vegetables), onion, pepperoni and pizza sauce. Stir to blend well then refrigerate until ready to cook sandwiches.
  • In a small bowl, stir together softened butter and garlic powder. Set aside.
  • When ready to make sandwiches, spread the garlic butter on the outsides of the bread slices. Lay two slices in a large frying pan, butter sides down. Spread half of the pizza filling on each slice of bread, then press remaining two bread slices on top.
  • Fry the sandwiches over medium heat, turning once very carefully, until both sides are golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Slice in half and serve with a small bowl of pizza sauce for dipping, if desired.

Makes 2 sandwiches; recipe can easily be multiplied.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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