Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese Healthy Recipe

Margherita pizza has been on my mind since Kev and I tried out a “certified Neapolitan” pizza place relatively new to Kansas City last week. After a scant wine pour which took me four conservative sips to finish, a price tag of $18 for a 10-inch personal pizza and spotty service, I wasn’t exactly banking on loving the pizza enough to warrant a second visit. As I followed our waiter, pie in hand, with my eyes, making his way from the exposed kitchen to our table, and witnessed up close just how tiny this pie actually was, I became even more skeptical it would live up to the hype I’d created in my head.
But then, I took my first bite, closed my eyes and was immediately transported back to Rome, inhaling my very first classic Margherita pizza; a pizza nearly impossible to find back in the states. It’s funny though, I thought I had found multiple spots in Kansas City (including my own kitchen) that came eerily close to replication, but after this particular experience, I knew I’d been wrong all along. It’s kind of like that time you thought you were “in love” when you were a kid or in a previous relationship, but then you meet your husband/spouse/partner and you kind of go ahhhhh so this is what it’s REALLY like.
Because pizza = love.
Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese Healthy Recipe
Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese Healthy Recipe
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a small sauce pan, heat olive oil and garlic over a medium heat. Saute until softened, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, salt and sugar. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle to a medium heat.
  3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of sauce on each slice of bread. Top with four ounces of slices of cheese. Top with 4-5 leaves of basil.
  4. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place top of bread, sauce side down on cheese and basil. Brush tops with butter. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Place sandwich butter side down in heated skillet (work in batched if needed), brush other side with butter. Cook until golden brown and crispy on each side and the cheese is melted. (If you are having a hard time getting the cheese to melt, pop into a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.

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