Pizza Grilled Cheese

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Pizza grilled cheese combines two of my all time favorite comfort foods: pizza and grilled cheese!

Grilled cheese is seriously the king of all sandwiches with toasty grilled bread and an ooey gooey cheesy middle. 

In this pizza grilled cheese recipe, a classic grilled cheese sandwich is updated with pepperoni, pizza seasonings, and toppings then cooked to crispy cheesy perfection.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sara Lee® Bread. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mozzarella and pepperoni grilled cheese sandwich with basil.

There are few things more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich and I’m excited to have partnered with Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread for National Grilled Cheese Month to create my favorite version yet! 

 Dill pickle bacon grilled cheese has always topped my list of grilled cheese sandwiches and then I met the pizza grilled cheese.

A perfectly grilled cheese sandwich is a childhood staple that just brings me back… dipping them in tomato soup (is that weird?) or being in highschool and adding the best ever pickles on top and dipping them in ketchup (even more weird?).

Pizza is definitely another one of my all time fave foods so naturally marrying the two was bound to happen!

In this gourmet grilled cheese recipe a grilled cheese sandwich takes on all of the flavors of my favorite pepperoni pizza, but feel free to get creative and add in your own favorites toppings! The possibilities are endless; bacon, caramelized onions, olives, peppers or mushrooms, you can add them while it cooks!

 A comfort food classic, this pizza grilled cheese whips up in under 15 minutes making it quicker than delivery and the perfect weeknight meal (or to curb a Friday night snack attack)!

Pizza Grilled cheese ingredients including a loaf of bread, parmesan cheese, fresh basil and pepperoni.

This grilled cheese recipe is a whole lot of pizza love in one bite. Layers and layers of cheese and pepperoni, seasonings and herbs. With all of that goodness packed in the middle, you’ll need a bread that can hold it all in without falling apart; Artesano Bread is the perfect bread for this recipe.

It’s so incredibly soft yet it’s sliced nice and thick meaning it can hold up to all of the toppings you’re going to pack inside of this sandwich! Sara Lee Artesano Bread has no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors plus it’s quite literally the perfect grilled cheese bread! It’s also available in Golden Wheat, which includes a touch of honey, olive oil and sea salt!

There’s something about this flavor combo that just speaks to me on a spiritual level!

Pizza grilled cheese sandwich open faced in a frying pan

How To Make Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is pretty easy to whip up, whether it’s for a weeknight dinner or quick meal. To truly achieve grilled cheese perfection, there’s a little more to it than slapping a piece of cheese between bread and frying it.

Start with a preheated pan and place your buttered bread in it, butter side down and start layering the toppings. You need to keep the heat low enough that the cheese gets all melty while the bread has a chance to get nice and golden without burning.

Once everything is nice and grilled, flip until the sandwich is golden on the other side and you’re ready to serve!

While you may have seen or heard of pizza grilled cheese before, I have a little trick that truly makes this the BEST grilled cheese you’ve ever had.  When I’m eating pizza, I’m all about the crispy pepperoni bits… and the golden cheese so it was mandatory to me that this grilled cheese had the crispy bits.  Once ready, I take the grilled cheese out of the pan and add a few slices of pepperoni & some mozza  directly into the pan.  Place your sandwich on the cheese and let it cook until crispy cheesy good. If you’re using a non-stick pan, once it’s all crispy, it will not stick and you’ll have a crispy exterior that is seriously to die for! You’re welcome!

A golden crispy crusted Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich on a tray.

I have to know what your own grilled cheese creations are (plus you could win $1,000 or a year supply of Sara Lee Artesano Bread) in the Grilled Cheese Worth Celebrating Photo Sweepstakes hosted by Sara Lee Bread!  Head on over to Instagram and post a photo with the hashtags #ArtesanoBread and #Sweepstakes Enter via the form here: ArtesanoGrilledCheeseSweepstakes.com.  Make sure you tag @spendpennies too because I can’t wait to see what you’re making too!

A stack of pizza grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh basil sprinkled on top.

Print Recipe
5 from 9 votes
Servings: 2 servings
PIZZA GRILLED CHEESE
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
14 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Dinner
Keyword: pizza grilled cheese
Pizza grilled cheese combines two of my all time favorite comfort foods: pizza and grilled cheese! Toasty grilled bread and an ooey gooey cheesy middle.
Ingredients
  • 4 slices Sara Lee Artisano Bread
  • 3 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce plus extra for dipping
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • 24 thin slices pepperoni about 1″ diameter
  • butter
PEPPERONI CRUST (OPTIONAL)
  • 6 slices thin pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Butter bread and place 2 slices butter side down in the pan. Top each slice with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce.
  3. Layer cheese, 6 slices pepperoni, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, remaining pepperoni and mozzarella. Top with remaining bread, butter side out.
  4. Cook 3-4 minutes per side or just until golden.
  5. Remove sandwich from the non-stick pan. Place 3 slices of pepperoni directly in the pan, top with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Place sandwich on top of cheese and let cook until crisp and crusted (about 1 minute). Serve.
Nutrition Information

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sara Lee Bread. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

19 comments on “Pizza Grilled Cheese”

  1. I’m imagining this pizza grilled cheese for breakfast tomorrow! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. are you onto a winner or what!!! What a sandwich.. just showed to my teenage son.. he try to lick the screen.. He’s going to try it tomorrow. Brilliant recipe

  3. You just blew my mind. You took 2 of the greatest things and put them together! SO GOOD!
    Thank you for making it easy for me to plan dinner tonight :)

  4. ohh all that cheese is making me hungrrry! that looks very tempting! I m sure i won;t stop with one slice with this!!! Yummm!

  5. Oh my! What is not to love with this recipe? The crunchy cheese and pepperoni are my favorite parts too so you are my hero for making this sandwich happen .. and I absolutely am drooling over these pictures.

  6. Oh. MY. GOODNESS. I did not know how much I needed this in my life until now! I love how you combined grilled cheese and pizza!!

  7. What a scrumptious dish! I am going to make this! This is a great idea, even for picky eaters! This is really very tasty! Thank you for this great recipe! YUM!

  8. This is absolutely my kind of grilled cheese and I would be so happy to make it for lunch. What is not to like in pizza and grilled cheese and those two put together is going to be the best ever!

  9. Well this sure looks delicious. I am such a carb lover, especially bread. Hubby would eat pizza everyday if I let him. This is the perfect way to enjoy both worlds for sure.

  10. Oh my, that cheese! And the crusty outside! Swooning over this grilled cheese. I feel a late night snack coming up. Over here, it’s nearly 10.30pm, so late night snacking time would be appropriate right now ;)

  11. I love your dishes which are full of cheese <3
    Cheese with wine, a perfect combination xD

  12. Best grilled cheese ever! I am all about the pepperoni crust layer! Not optional!

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