There are few things better in life than a grilled cheese sandwich. A grilled cheese is a perfect canvass for the addition of any ingredients that you like.
I have taken some liberty calling this a Sourdough Ciabatta Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I actually placed the bread on a baking tray, topped with smoked gouda and put in the oven to get a good melt on the cheese. If you look at the melt of the cheese on the top piece of bread, you can actually see that the melt goes up. Pretty tricky! I did this because the sourdough roll is already crusty and cooking in a grill pan would not give me the texture I wanted. If you have a panini press, that would work really well. I did not pull out my press but will do so next time.
My sandwich is a variation on a caprese sandwich. As mentioned above, I used smoked gouda instead of mozzarella. We had the smoked gouda in the house already. I also had the basil in my house. So I bought a firm beefsteak tomato to round out the sandwich. The sandwich is so fresh, so simple. It has such great flavor and there are only three ingredients inside the bread. It is truly amazing how one can work with just a few ingredients and get so much flavor.
As we all know, sandwiches are so easy to make and come together quickly. But all sandwiches are not created equally. This sandwich got the creaminess from the melted cheese. An herbaceous-ness from the fresh basil and tartness and acidity from the tomato. The vessel for creating this great sandwich was the SOURDOUGH CIABATTA ROLLS.
The Sourdough Ciabatta Grilled Cheese Sandwich Plated.
Sourdough Ciabatta Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 2 Pieces Sourdough Bread
- 4 Slices Smoked Gouda
- 2 Slices Beefsteak Tomato
- 2 Leaves Basil
Begin by putting 2 pieces of cheese on each piece of bread. Place in a 325 degree oven for 2 - 3 minutes until a good melt has occurred. Remove from the oven.
Finish by adding the basil and then the tomatoes.
Serve and enjoy!