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Monday, August 22, 2011

Grilled Pepperoni & Cheese Sandwiches {with a simple how-to}

This simple recipe takes your ordinary grilled cheese to a whole new level. A level that will make your taste buds more than just ecstatic. These simple, tasty, pepperoni and cheese sandwiches become so exciting with a few sprinkles of oregano, Parmesan, and garlic salt. Who knew a few spices, cheese, and pepperoni could complete my world? And finally to make them complete, they are grilled until golden and the cheese is perfectly melted. These tasty guys are devoured at our house. This is one of our favorites for lunch or a simple quick dinner.

I also decided to include a tutorial on how to make a pepperoni and grilled cheese sandwich. It's not any more complicated that a traditional grilled cheese sandwich but my mom did it in this order, and I think it's genius. Does anyone else already do it exactly like this? I just wondered how peculiar I am (wink).

So, it all starts with a few basic ingredients:
mozzarella cheese, bread, oregano, Parmesan, garlic salt, pepperoni, and butter

You'll butter four pieces (if you are making 2 sandwiches that is....2 pieces of bread per sandwich) of bread on one side, then you stack each sandwich with the butter sides touching. Like so...
Then you'll top with cheese....grated or sliced works just the same.

Sprinkle the cheese with Parmesan, oregano and garlic salt (light on the salt).
Then you'll take the top slice of bread that is covered with cheese and seasonings and place it on the griddle which is preheated to just below medium heat (you don't want a burned sandwich), you'll be left with one piece of bread, butter side up. You'll spread 8-9 pepperoni's on top of the cheese and then top it with your last slice of bread, butter side on the outside. Isn't that slick? Then the butter never touches the cutting board. I know, it's mom is a genius.
I also like the cheese side on the bottom first so it gets the initial heat of the griddle to give the cheese a good melting start.
When the first side is grilled til golden flip over, and golden up the other side.

I like to stick a big lid over the sandwiches so that it creates a little extra heat pocket to finish melting the cheese. I really just hate a grilled cheese when the cheese is partially melted. It's so not satisfying that way. And when I don't put the lid on then I crispify the outside of the sandwich while trying to melt the cheese all the way....the lid is really the way to go.
So when side two is grilled and golden and the cheese is all melty and nice, it's ready to be devoured. Enjoy, enjoy!
Grilled Pepperoni & Cheese Sandwiches
Printable Version
Yield: 2 Sandwiches

4 slices bread
16-18 slices pepperoni
4 slices mozzarella cheese (or ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese)
Parmesan cheese
Garlic salt

Preheat griddle pan to just below medium heat (you don’t want to burn the sandwich).

Butter one side of each slice of bread and stack them butter sides together. Top the open side of the bread with cheese and sprinkle with oregano, Parmesan, and garlic salt (light on the salt).

Place cheese topped slice of bread on the griddle and the place 8-9 pepperoni slices on top of the cheese. Grab your second slice of bread and put the un-buttered side on top of the pepperoni, leaving the buttered side up.

Grill for a minute or two until the first side is nice and golden brown. Flip the sandwich over with a spatula and grill the second side until golden, I like to put a bit lid over the sandwich on the 2nd side to help the cheese get some extra heat for a completely melted cheese taste. Be careful not to over-brown the second side, you may turn the heating element down a bit.

Serve while it’s nice and warm! Enjoy!

Recipe Source: Diana K.

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