late-night gourmet: grilled cheese with heirloom tomato and basil


My husband and I work nights — most often until midnight — so when we are home from work, I immediately retreat to the kitchen to make a quick bite. More often than I’d like to admit, it’s cereal or frozen pizza from Trader Joe’s, but the other night, my late-night culinary skills really shone. I had this gorgeous organic heirloom tomato I had to use before it was overripe, so I threw it on some sliced crusty french bread with some grated Italian cheeses (I used a pre-grated Italian four-cheese blend) and some basil from the yard, slapped em on the cast iron skillet, and voila — an amazing late summer supper in less than 10 minutes! The extra-delicious secret was adding a light dusting of cheese to the outside of the bread and then grilling it, which creates a mouth watering browned cheese crust. I’ve been making these ever since, and will continue to until the very last tomatoes of summer are gone! –Megan B.

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Mary T

After I read this entry, we went to the local farmstand for heirloom tomatoes and basil and we made this last night. It was the most delicious ever. Actually, the fresh tomatoes and basil on their own were exceedingly delicious as well. : )


wow, a simple way to make a classic even classier.


sounds delicious. Beaustifully browned!!!! i mad a delicious tomato sauce with those green tomatoes last night!

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