No Thanks
Let

Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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

  • servings: 4

advertisement

advertisement

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

advertisement

advertisement