Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Grown-Up “Grilled” Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Grown-Up "Grilled" Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes |

Warning: This is bad… very VERY bad. But in like the best way possible. This recipe is decadent and not for the faint of heart (Read: Break out your fat pants and read on!)

Okay now that I’ve warned you that this isn’t a diet-friendly recipe, I’ll tell you what it IS. It’s down-home, comfort food in all it’s cheesy goodness (kicked up for the adult pallet).

It’s Garlic and Caramelized Onion Focaccia filled will Gruyere, Fontina, and Baby Swiss cheeses and smothered in roasted tomatoes.

Heaven. on. a. plate.

Grown-Up "Grilled" Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes |

A couple weekends ago Jess & her hubby Jorge came to visit us for the weekend and we took them to one of our local favorite restaurants, Coolinary Cafe. Jess and I split 2 sandwiches and we were both obsessed with the grilled cheese on focaccia bread. Except we said that we wished there were WAY more tomatoes because the tomatoes were SOOOO good.

So when I went to recreate the sandwich I knew there would be NO shortage of roasted tomatoes!

The cheese in this is ooey, gooey, and absolutely divine… and the tomatoes sweet and juicy… in fact, you may want to break out a fork & knife for this one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grown-Up "Grilled" Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes |

Can we talk about the tomatoes again for another second?

Well, I’ll have you know that even my tomato-hating husband was shoving these into the center of his sandwich proclaiming “can you make tomatoes like this EVERY time?”

Who knew? Throw a little roast on them and hubs is a big ol’ fan!

Tomatoes for the win!

Grown-Up "Grilled" Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes |

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Grown-Up "Grilled" Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes


For the Oven Roasted Tomatoes:
10 Roma Tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded and cored*
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2-2 teaspoons sugar
salt and cracked black pepper

*Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise and then cut off the tip of the "stem end", then you should be able to easily scoop out the seeds and core with a spoon.

For the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese:
4 good sized pieces of fresh Focaccia Bread
6-8 ounces Fontina Cheese, thinly sliced
6-8 ounces Gruyere Cheese, thinly sliced
4 slices baby swiss cheese


For the Oven Roasted Tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 450ยบF. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and lay out the seeded and cored tomatoes (cut side up). Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle evenly with garlic and sugar then finish with a pinch or 2 of salt and some fresh cracked black pepper. Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes, until tomatoes are cooked down and concentrated with the edges caramelized and golden.

For the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese:
Turn oven temperature down to 400ยบF. Split Focaccia Bread pieces in half lengthwise using a serrated knife. Lay both pieces, cut side up on a baking sheet. On one half of the bread add a slice of baby swiss and a thin layer of Fontina Cheese. On the second half, add a thin layer of the Gruyere cheese. Place in oven and allow to bake until all cheese is melted (5-8 minutes).

Remove from oven and close 2 halves of the Focaccia together. Serve with a scoop of the oven roasted tomatoes on top (or you can place them between the halves before closing). Serve hot!

Oven Roasted Tomatoes adapted from:Ina Garten

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15 Responses to “Grown-Up “Grilled” Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes”

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    bev weidner — September 4, 2013 @ 11:24 am


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    Tracy | PeanutButter and onion — September 4, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    In love with this grilled cheese. Tomatoes are a nice touch

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 4, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    “Break out your fat pants” LOL!! Tina, I think I love you. This grilled cheese is the stuff dreams are made of, girl!

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    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — September 4, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    This sounds AMAZING!! I love “creative” grilled cheese sandwiches and this definitely fits the bill!

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — September 4, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    Omg Tina this looks incredible. Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic! I LOVE those roasted tomatoes!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — September 4, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    This sounds so amazing..all the cheeses..mmmm! I just want to shove my fave into it!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 4, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    This is definitely my kind of sandwich! Love it!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — September 4, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    Holy smokes, girl, this looks like heaven!

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    Joy Wilson Poole — September 4, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! Where do you buy your cheeses?

    • Tina replied: — September 5th, 2013 @ 7:34 am

      Publix ๐Ÿ™‚ Baby Swiss is over by the regular sliced and shredded cheeses and the Fontina & Gruyere are in the specialty cheese case… You MAY be able to buy them by the slice at the deli… I’d just check with them! SO ready for Trader Joe’s to come to town – their cheese prices/selection is much better!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — September 5, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Oh those tomatoes look so good. I would inhale this sandwich.

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — September 6, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    Ok, I totally need this with Jessica’s Panera Tomato Soup she posted today… or yesterday? Deeeee-licious!

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    Deborah — September 6, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Oh my goodness – I’m totally dying over this! And those tomatoes – pure heaven!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 8, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Oh this is just perfect, I swear I can already taste it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    april — August 1, 2015 @ 1:20 am

    O.M.Wow!! I love grilled cheese i mean just the thought of the ooey gooey cheese….*drools* sorry let me Wipe that drool? but yeah this sandwich is a homerun โšพ thank u soo much now i think i have a sanwich to make?

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