If I make this sandwich, winter will be over, right? I'm pretty certain that is the case. How could I be all up in winter's cold cold grasp while I chow down on summer staples?
Bacon. Basil. Mozzarella. Grilled cheese. None of these things are new to me. They're my jam. However I've only had each of them separately. (Yes, I sometimes eat basil by itself because I munch on ingredients when I cook. No big thang.) What I have never done, though, is put them all together. I just want you to know that this combination is mind-blowing. Trust.
While I would love to take credit for this, I didn't come up with this recipe myself. My Secret Recipe Club assignment was Goodie Godmother, which is an absolutely amazing blog written by Mary. She is a woman after my own heart and is completely in love with desserts. She is seriously contemplating opening up a bakery, which I would love to do myself someday. If I had to decide whether or not I would visit this bakery based upon her blog, that would be a huge "Heck yes". I'm gonna need that. K, thanks.
I really had a rough time choosing between making her Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts, Nutella Pound Cake, or Nutella Truffles (because I love Nutella like it's my job). But fate intervened. By fate, I mean that I was starving one day and quickly dialed up Mary's blog to find this grilled cheese staring me down. I had all the ingredients on hand so clearly it was meant to be. I swear this lady and her recipes just get me! I guess that means I'll just HAVE to explore the dessert recipes another day...<hint hint>
Bacon, Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Grilled Cheese
slightly adapted from Goodie Godmother
makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices seeded bread (or white or wheat)
4 slices bacon, cooked and cut in half
2-3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
4 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned
4 slices fresh tomato
1) Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
2) On the non-buttered side of 2 slices, layer the mozzarella, tomato, bacon, and basil. Close the sandwiches with the remaining 2 slices, making sure the buttered side is on top.
3) Heat a pan over medium low. Place the grilled cheese sandwiches in the pan, buttered side down. If desired, place a lid over the pan to help melt the cheese.
4) Once the bottom slices of bread get crispy and the cheese starts to melt, carefully flip the sandwiches. Cook the other side of the sandwiches until the bread is crispy.
5) Remove from the pan, slice in half, and serve immediately.