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Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese ~ #SundaySupper

Thick slices of mozzarella, sweet roasted tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, and a smear of pesto get stuffed between two pieces of crusty bread and cooked until gooey and oozing.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

April is dedicated to melted, gooey cheese stuffed between two pieces of crusty bread that have been buttered and toasted to perfection.

It’s National Grilled Cheese Month–also known as the best month ever!

The #SundaySupper team has partnered with Gallo Family Vineyards to help celebrate this glorious cheese-filled month with cheese’s best friend: wine. It’s a match made in foodie heaven, and I’m excited to share this roasted tomato caprese grilled cheese sandwich in honor of such a delicious occasion.

Gallo Family Wine

Gallo let us have free range of their wine selection this month. They have so many wonderful wines to choose from, that I had a difficult time making my selection. Mmm, all of them?

I finally decided on their crisp, slightly fruity Pinot Grigio and their bold, berry-infused Pinot Noir to pair with my grilled cheese sammie. Different strokes for different folks, right? While I prefer a fruity white, others may prefer a rich red, so I chose one from each wine grouping.

Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

Cheese and wine are in a committed relationship that will never die or go out of style–it’s a timeless classic. There’s no wrong answer when it comes to pairing wine with cheese. Any selection you make is the right selection and will pair perfectly and taste absolutely delicious. That’s the glorious thing about wine and cheese–anything goes!

Gallo Family Wine

This roasted tomato caprese grilled cheese has quickly become one of my favorite sammies. It’s easy, yet impressive. You can dress it up for a casual dinner party or make it on a busy weeknight.

If you’ve never roasted tomatoes, I highly recommend giving it a try. The tomato flavor concentrates as the tomatoes back, creating a sweet, juicy, roasted-to-perfection tomato. Roasting tomatoes is a breeze. Place your tomatoes (I used campari) on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle them with a little kosher salt and pepper. Place them in a 400 degree F. oven to bake for 40 minutes. If you’re using a smaller tomato, like grape or cherry, reduce the cooking time to 30 minutes.

Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

Because we’re using roasted tomatoes for this recipe, choosing the perfect loaf of crusty bread is a must. I used thick, chewy ciabatta bread for this recipe. I do not recommend using a flimsy loaf bread, such as white, in this case because of the juiciness of the tomatoes. You want a loaf of bread that can soak up the juice without losing its integrity and falling apart.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This sammie is piled high with thick slices of mozzarella, sweet roasted tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, and a smear of pesto. The result is a deliciously gooey mess.

Gallo Family Vineyards

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Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese

Thick slices of mozzarella, sweet roasted tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, and a smear of pesto get stuffed between two pieces of crusty bread and cooked until gooey and oozing.

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound campari tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pieces ciabatta bread, sliced in half
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • handful baby spinich
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. 
  2. Place the tomatoes on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive olive. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of kosher salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the tomatoes are wilted and the skin is wrinkled. Allow the tomatoes to cool slightly. 
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. 
  4. Smear 1/2 tablespoon of pesto on each slice of ciabatta bread. Place a few slices of mozzarella on one half of the ciabatta roll. Top with roasted tomatoes and spinach. Place the other half of the roll on top. 
  5. Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Slice in half and serve immedieately.  
  1. You can roast the tomatoes up to 3 days ahead of time. Store the cooled tomatoes in an airtight containter and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to use. 
  2. If you're using a smaller tomato, such a grape or cherry, reduce the roasting time to 30 minutes. 
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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43 Responses to “Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese ~ #SundaySupper”

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    Renee — April 12, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Roasted tomatoes are the bomb! And so are grilled cheese sandwiches. Together they are an awesome combo for sure.

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thanks, Renee!

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    Tammi @Momma's Meals — April 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I am caprese obsessed! I never thought to turn it into a grilled cheese. Brilliant!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:55 am

      It’s my favorite salad, so I knew I had to turn it in to a sammie. Thanks!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I love your sandwich and your photography is beautiful!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Thanks, Jennifer!

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    Nichole C — April 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Oh wow – THIS is my favorite grilled cheese from today’s Sunday Supper! I love everything about it…yum!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Thanks, Nichole!

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    Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — April 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    This is a perfect grilled cheese. Everything I love in one awesome sammie!!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Thanks, Bobbi!

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    Matea — April 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    The tomatoes and fresh mozzarella  combo screams summer! Love it! :) 

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Oh, how I can’t wait for summer! Thanks, Matea.

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    Linda | Brunch with Joy — April 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    How fun! This grilled cheese does make me happy and now I’m craving a big bite of this.

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Thanks, Linda!

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — April 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I love roasting tomatoes – it resuscitates even out of season ones, or some that have bee on your counter too long. And next time I have to put them on a grilled cheese – looks amazing!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Exactly, Brianne. Delicious tomatoes year ’round are just an oven-roasting session away. Thanks!

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    Family Foodie — April 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Love the new look, new name and this amazing sandwich! 

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Thanks, Isabel!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — April 13, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I seriously fell in love with this when I saw it.  Gosh it looks so rich and delicious!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn!

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    Cookin Canuck — April 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

    There is nothing  better than roasted tomatoes, so this has to be the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:51 am

      I agree. Thanks, Dara!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — April 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Seriously awesome looking sandwich!!!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Thanks, Gerry!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Lovely idea for a grilled cheese… and with wine too- wahoo!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Wine makes everything better. Thanks so much, Lori.

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    Julia — April 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Oh my gaaaaaah your site makeover is so beautiful!! I love the new name and everything about the design of your blog. Huge congrats, I know it’s a huge step!

    Dis Sando. I want it all the dayz…plus I didn’t realize it’s Nat’l Grilled Cheese month – I have 13 day’s worth of grilled cheeseseses to catch up on ;)

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Wee! Thanks, Julia. Yes, hurry up and get yo’ grilled cheese sammie on.

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    Liz — April 13, 2015 at 11:08 am

    This is one scrumptious grilled cheese! I love that you added roasted tomatoes—so much deliciousness in them!!!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Thanks, Liz!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 13, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I am all over this grilled cheese! Fresh roasted tomatoes rock here! 

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Thanks, Anna!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — April 13, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    No wonder we’re friends – you picked the very same two wines I would have chosen! I always see campari tomatoes in boxes at my grocery store, but have never bought them because I haven’t been sure what to use them for. Problem solved!

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Two peas, I tell ya :) Campari tomatoes are sweet like grape/cherry, only a little larger. I buy them in bulk at the Costco.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    JENNIE JENNIE JENNIE!!!

    This is my favoritest. I love it. love it. I want all the things in it. 

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    • Jennie replied April 14th, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Thanks, Kayle! It’s my new sammie obsession.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — April 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for this make at home version of one of my favorite Panera sammies!!! Your version looks sooo much better. I hate take out sandwiches because they never stay together. Also, looooove the new look and name of your site. Yay for spring blog revamps!

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    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — April 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    The photos are stunning and I love the flavor combination! So much deliciousness in one sandwich! 

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    • Jennie replied April 15th, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thank you so much, Serena!

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