Grilled Tomato and Cheese

This is a delicious and different appetizer for your next barbecue. Think grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches for grown ups. The Oregano also makes it a mini rustic pizza. We made this Friday night for some company and everyone ooohed and ahhhed so much I made it for a different batch of company the next night and I’m really contemplating walking to the Famers’ market today for some more tomatoes because these things are so stinkin’ good.


Good Italian Bread. (I used a Ciabatta with garlic.)
Olive Oil
2 Medium Jersey Tomatoes (If your not in Jersey, use whatever mediocre substitution you can come up with ;)
Dried or fresh Oregano
Thick slices of your favorite “melty” cheese
Salt and Pepper

Slice bread on an angle in half inch thick slices. Cut tomatoes in half inch thick slices. Brush both sides of tomatoes and one side of each bread slice with oil. Sprinkle a pinch of oregano, salt and pepper on each tomato slice and top with a slice of cheese for each. We used Apple Smoked Cheddar cheese but smoked mozzarella, sharp Provolone, or Asiago would probably be great.

Grill bread until golden brown on both sides. At the same time grill the tomatoes until cheese melts. Place tomatoes on bread slices and serve. Trust me, this recipe is a keeper.

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