Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Grilled cheese is a classic, a  staple of lunches everywhere.  I had never heard of putting tomato on them until we lived near Philadelphia.  A diner there served them with tomato on their lunch menu.  Yum!

I also like to use 2 different kinds of cheese.  This sandwich has Swiss and colby jack, but cheddar, provolone and good old American are good too.

The secret to the perfect grilled cheese is toasting the bread perfectly while melting the cheese inside.  Cook it too fast and it will burn on the outside and be cold inside.

The perfect food to eat with grilled cheese (other than tomato soup) is a dill pickle.

So how do you like yours?  Do you add things to it or just have plain cheese?  Do you call it grilled cheese or toasted cheese?  Do you think I’ve said entirely too much about this humble sandwich?

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  1. Tinker Kell says:

    I love tomatoes on a grilled cheese sandwich! One of my favorite summer sandwiches is a grilled cheese with mozzarella slices, a fresh tomato, and fresh basil. Yum!

  2. Mmm this is a classic! I used to have these when I was a kid all the time. I think there are some in order for lunch today! Yum! 🙂

  3. This looks delicious. We call it grilled cheese and are definitely prone to trying it with other items. We’re like Tinker Kell — grilled cheese with tomato and basil from our garden is a real summer treat. I like grilled ham and cheese, too.

  4. I love grilled cheese with tomatoes. It’s one of the first things I do with the tomatoes from the garden.

  5. In the colder months, we usually do soup and sandwich night like 2 times a month! We always serve it with soup…. usually chicken noodle.

    Never thought to add a tomato to it. That would be yum in the summer time when we get an abundance of fresh tomatoes from my parent’s garden. Totally going to try it!

    And for the record, we call it GRILLED CHEESE! 🙂

  6. I’ve never tried it with a tomato, but I love the idea of kicking up the nutrition a notch by adding it. We’ll try this as grilled cheese is frequently our lunch of choice.

  7. I would be interested to know what kind of cheese everyone uses.

    I seem to always buy processed indv wrapped cheese because it seems to melt extra gooey…

    What do you guys use?

  8. Mmmm… grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches with homegrown basil are to die for! My family especially enjoys grilled cheese (with or without tomatoes) with homemade minestrone. For that meal, I like to use sliced Italian bread from the Publix bakery with cojack cheese, and I butter the bread right to the edges to get nice crispiness. When we have just grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches with provolone on whatever bread I have. I will say that my husband likes the American cheese singles best on his grilled cheese, but it is my least favorite.

  9. You can never say too much about grilled cheese! Living in Upstate NY was the first time I saw tomatoes on grilled cheese. I say the more cheese the merrier! I like mine squished as flat as possible, then I dunk it in tomato soup.

  10. I love grilled cheese. If we have it for dinner I use two slices of american cheese and in between them I put three slices of bacon. My hubby loves it. If its just me (my hubby hates tomato) I eat it with provolone, tomato, fresh basil, and a little balsalmic vinegar.

  11. I love tomato on my GRILLED cheese! We use Rudy’s Organic sourdough bread as our base. I don’t know how it does it, but sourdough grills up to be crispy on the outside and just the right amount of chewy on the inside. I think I know what’s for lunch on Monday. :o)

  12. Crystal: our top cheeses are Muenster, provolone, or colby-jack. If we plan on grilled cheese, we buy just that number of slices at the cheese/meat counter. They sometimes laugh when we ask for 4 slices, not a particular weight. 🙂

  13. I am a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, whether it is plain, has tomatoes on it, or some random non-meat food. (When meat is involved, things change and it is no longer a grilled cheese.) Grilled cheese can be fixed up one of a million ways and still taste amazing.

    Your tomato + swiss + colby sandwich looks very yummy to me!

  14. I like to fry a piece of bologna first and then add it in my grilled cheese…not really healthy but a yummy once in awhile! I had grilled cheese at an Amish restaurant yesterday and the homemade bread made it delicious!

  15. My husband and I love our grilled cheese with cream cheese, muenster,mozzarella, and cheddar(or american) on the inside, and parm on the outside( I add it after the butter)…oh, and I love sun dried tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and fontina for the days I’m feeling a bit fancy…
    You can never say too much about a good sandwich!

  16. I love the grilled cheese and tomato sandwich! Now another thing I like is grilled cheese with dill pickle slices in the sandwich. Yum! My friends Mom used to make it this way for us as kids.

  17. You should try putting ham in place of the tomato, super yummy!

  18. I love the grilled cheese and tomato sandwich! Sometimes I make mine on Rye bread with swiss cheese, kraut, corned beef and some thousand island dressing…You should try it!

  19. I make my grilled cheese with American and Swiss, sliced tomato and oregano. It’s the best and goes great with cream of tomato soup!!!!

  20. i recently have sauteed up a fresh green chile, then added that to the grilled cheese. It was awesome.

  21. Before we cook our grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches we sprinkle Oregano on the tomato. The taste is wonderful and has become our favorite comfort food!

  22. When we were in New Zealand we went to a cafe and ordered a grilled cheese sandwich thinking it would be plain. When we got it and tasted it, we loved it~ besides cheese it had the tomatoes like your recipe but also thinly sliced onions. My husband hasn’t eaten a plain grilled cheese since! I lean toward the tomatoes and he leans toward the onions, but I make it with both. Thanks for your site and all the delicious recipes!

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