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Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

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Feet have growing pains, you know. It’s true because our 5-year-said so. I asked him to put away his toys and his response was, “I cannot walk as I have too many growing pains in my feet.”

I get those around my waist. Odd.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese. Guest post and recipe from Jennifer Leal of Savor the Thyme.

Well, no need to expand your waist or feel any guilt with this grilled cheese recipe. After all, it’s made with some extra nutrients.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Start with fresh ciabatta or your favorite bread. Cut two slices (per sandwich) about 1/2 inch thick.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Grab your favorite prepared pesto or make your own.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Let the schmearing begin.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Did you schmear the pesto all over both pieces of bread? Please do so.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Grab your favorite type of olives and prepare to chop them up.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Chop up to your preferred size and scatter over the pesto on one of the slices of bread.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Now slice up that gor-gee-ous tomato into two or three slices, depending on the width of the bread, and layer over the olives.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Slice up your favorite cheese. Instead of staring at it on a super pretty plate, go ahead and stack them on top of the olives.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Still staring, eh? Please place them on the sandwich. (I know. It’s a pretty vision.)

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

That’s better. Top with the slices of tomato, then go ahead and heat up your panini press or indoor grill.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Spray both sides of the sandwich with olive oil or butter-flavored nonstick spray. Place that sweet sandwich on the press/grill and listen to the music-like sizzle. Allow to toast up until the sandwich is nice and brown.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Place the sandwich on the plate, cut in half and prepare to dig in.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Pesto, Olives and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Dang it, the little hands beat me to it.

 
 

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Pesto, Olives & Tomato Grilled Cheese

See the full recipe post on Jennifer (Savor the Thyme)’s site!
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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 1

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Description

This is a less-guilt comfort food because you gain nutrients from the tomatoes and olives (but don’t tell anyone). Hal-le-lu-jah!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Ciabatta/Bread
  • 1 Tablespoon Pesto
  • 1 Tablespoon Olives, Chopped
  • 2 slices Tomato
  • 5 slices Fontina Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Plug in/turn on your indoor grill or panini press.

Slice the ciabatta (or your favorite bread) into approximately 1/2-inch slices. Spread the pesto (make your own or use your favorite prepared pesto) all over one slice of the bread.

Chop up the olives (or buy them already chopped) and scatter them over the pesto. Lay the tomatoes on top of the olives and finish up the sandwich by placing the cheese over the tomatoes and top with the remaining slices of bread.

Spritz one side of the sandwich with olive oil spray, flip carefully and repeat. Place the sandwich on the grill/press and let the magic happen. Allow to cook until the bread gets all crispy and brown and the cheese is gooey. Flip and repeat if not using a panini press.

 
 
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Jennifer Leal is a mom of two children ages 5 and 7. She lives in Rhode Island with her family and is the creator of the blog Savor the Thyme, which focuses on celebrating healthier food and family togetherness, all peppered with personality.

 

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listysue on 7.15.2011

I am going to try that. It just looks yummy..

Kelly on 7.6.2011

I want to eat my screen, looks delicious!

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Cookin Cowgirl on 7.6.2011

Yum yum yum! I’m not a vegetarian, but I love meals like that one! :) Looks awesome!

AnnetteMary on 7.5.2011

Oh my I am drooling. This really looks good, but I so love ciabatta bread, tomatoes and pesto ,and cheese, ( olives I can take em or leave em) this hits a home run with me.

Amanda c. on 7.4.2011

We really don’t like olives, what could I use instead?