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Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These sandwiches were cooked on a grill, but a skillet would work just as well.

  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4
Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


  • 1 piece ciabatta bread, 5 by 10 inches
  • 12 slices Emmentaler Swiss cheese
  • 1 medium vine-ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature


  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Using a serrated knife, carefully slice ciabatta horizontally into thirds; reserve top and bottom crust for bread slices.

  2. Place bread slices on work surface, crust side down; butter cut side of each slice. Top 1 slice with 6 slices cheese, tomato slices seasoned with salt and pepper, and basil leaves. Top with 6 more slices cheese and then with remaining bread slice, buttered side down. Butter 1 exterior side of sandwich, seasoning with salt and pepper; halve sandwich to fit grill pan.

  3. Place sandwich butter side down onto grill pan. Weight sandwich with a large cast-iron skillet; cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan, butter exterior side of top bread slice; turn, weight down sandwich, and cook for 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining sandwich half. Slice sandwiches crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Serve immediately.

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