Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Marinated Mozzarella

by Marla on April 16, 2012 · 62 comments

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We can all agree that grilled cheese is like the best thing ever, right? I mean who do you know that doesn’t love it? From the moment little ones can chew their food they are hooked on this sammie. Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food that has crunch and oozy gooey melted, glorious cheese!

Did you think I would let you down for National Grilled Cheese Month? No way!

What makes mine gourmet? Read on to find out…

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Have you ever had marinated mozzarella cheese? You can make it easily yourself by drenching mozzarella (or any cheese really) in your favorite Italian vinaigrette dressing.

You can also give it a soak in some lemon juice, olive oil and fresh herbs.

Add a few splashes of hot sauce if you wish.

Grilled Cheese with Cherry Tomatoes Recipe on Family Fresh Cooking blog

The bread I use here is a crusty little number with some raisins and nuts in it. It tastes great toasted.

The sweetness from the raisins add a nice balance to the salty cheese…

Grilled Cheese Recipe on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Don’t forget some sliced cherry tomatoes too.

All of that greatness makes the usual grilled cheese a little bit gourmet!

You can also serve your grilled cheese with a fresh green salad

Grilled Cheese Recipe on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Add some fresh herbs for even more flavor. We love thyme in ours.

Grilled Cheese Recipe on Family Fresh Cooking blog

A Rustic Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is the perfect partner too!

I lived on this combo when I was in Telluride. Soaking in the glory of the fall foliage last October…

Tomato Soup recipe with Bocconcini mozzarella cheese balls

You can use one slice of bread or two.

I enjoy mine open faced. My kids and hubs like the 2 slices of bread…

Grilled Cheese Recipe on Family Fresh Cooking blog

What is your favorite grilled cheese recipe? Here are a few of our favorites to check out…

Check out my Happy Post dedicated to this for more.

Grilled Cheese Recipe on Family Fresh Cooking blog

How will you be celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month?

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Marinated Mozzarella

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Yield: adjust according to crowd

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Marinated Mozzarella


    Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • your favorite crusty Bread (we love whole grain with nuts and raisins)
  • a little extra virgin Olive Oil
  • a few slices Marinated Mozzarella (either purchase at the store or make your own)
  • a few pinches fresh Herbs such as Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, Italian Parsley, Cilantro, Basil
  • thinly sliced Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Marinated Mozzarella
  • 12 ounces fresh water-packed Mozzarella Cheese, drained, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices or bite sized cubes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup White Wine Vinegar
  • splash of Lemon Juice
  • a few tablespoons fresh Herbs
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Red Onion, minced
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Optional
  • a splash of Hot Sauce
  • a few tablespoons Chopped Capers


    Marinated Mozzarella
  • Combine all ingredients and soak mozzarella for 60 minutes at room temperature or soak overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Brush olive oil on each side of the bread. Top with a few slices of marinated cheese, cherry tomatoes, herbs and pepper. Grill in the toaster, oven or on the stovetop. Serve with a side salad and soup.

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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots April 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

What a meal! I absolutely love mozzarella. This meal is perfect and I wish I had it instead of my PB&J for lunch. 😀


2 Jaime (Sophistimom) April 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

Totally amazing, Marla. Looks delicious!


3 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

holy cheese! these look amazing…i’m all about the ooey gooey cheese!


4 Marla April 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

Heather ~ The oozy~gooeier the better!!


5 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

Tomato Basil and Grilled Cheese = One of the best combinations. I love the pictures in this post.


6 Marla April 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thanks Angie!! I know it, tomato basil and grilled cheese are a match made in heaven. Here’s to life’s simple pleasures :)


7 Amanda April 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

Oh yum!! I need this in my life right now!! :)


8 Marla April 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

Amanda, we’ll trade you some of this for your goodies. Those cinnamon rolls are looking tasty that you posted today!


9 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

So funny you would post this because I have been craaaving grilled cheese lately!


10 Marla April 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

Alex, we really have too. My kids could live on it! The weather has been a bit cooler the past few days here in the OC ~ so grilled cheese and hot soup is a welcomed combo!


11 Lucy April 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

Oh this is too good not to race into the kitchen and put something together – wish I had some of that bread…


12 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Lucy, you need this bread. Oh yes you do! Think I got it at Whole Foods. In LA I bet you will find something like it no problem at all!!


13 Jersey Girl Cooks April 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

Beautiful grilled cheese. Your photos are gorgeous!


14 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

Wow, I am not really a “savory” person generally but you have me CRAVING a big fat juicy cheesy grilled cheese right now. Nothing like a little melted cheese to scream comfort food!


15 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Averie, glad to hear I can divert your sweet tooth even for just a brief moment!


16 Katie {Epicurean Mom} April 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

Love these gourmet sammies and the homemade marinated mozzarella! So decadent!


17 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Katie, oh yes a bit decadent but thankfully a little sandwich like this can go a good long way. Very satisfying indeed :)


18 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

The oozing cheese is incredible!


19 Katrina April 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

Mmm what a sandwich! Love this Marla. Your photos are gorgeous!


20 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Why thank you Katrina!


21 Rosa April 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Grilled cheese at its best! I really like the filling. It is a great idea to marinade mozzarella.




22 Shawnda April 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I know of *no* one who doesn’t like grilled cheese. I think marinating mozzarella sounds like a pretty fab way to raise the bar. And I’m totally starving now.


23 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Shawnda, that is great news! Makes me very happy that my ‘lil grilled cheese sandwich could make ya hungry! Hope you got to enjoy some today :)


24 Jennifer (Delicieux) April 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

What a delicious meal and that cheese oozing out of the sandwich looks amazing!


25 Marina@Picnic at Marina April 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love mozzarella, but my favorite would be Pecorino Romano cheese. Cheese makes anything better, cheese makes our life better! Beautiful photos Marla!


26 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Thanks Marina!! I too love the hearty/nutty flavor of a good Pecorino Romano cheese. I also like that a little goes a long way!


27 TidyMom April 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

looks SO delicious Marla!


28 Esi April 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Almost too pretty to eat…almost.


29 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Esi, that is the fun of it huh! You get to gaze at the beauty + then devour…


30 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Marinated mozzarella?! How have I never done this before? I think you just blew my mind. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a 5 lb mozzarella chunk in the fridge that I need to marinate :)


31 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

looks so good! I needed this for my upcoming book. miss you xoxoxo


32 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Miss Alison…… Upcoming book??!! What?! Do tell!! This is exciting news…


33 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Yummy! That looks ridiculously delish!!!!


34 Joanne April 17, 2012 at 4:25 am

I like to marinate the little balls of mozzarella so that every inch really absorbs the vinaigrette flavor. This looks like one rockstar grilled cheese!


35 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] April 17, 2012 at 6:17 am

This gourmet grilled cheese looks fantastic!


36 Jennifer | Mother Thyme April 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

We have been on such a grilled cheese kick lately trying many new varieties. This one is definitely on the list to try. There is nothing easier and better than a grilled cheese. This looks so good!


37 HeatherChristo April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

Marla- these are exquisite pictures, and these look so scrumptious!


38 Lisa April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

This looks amazing. Beautiful photos. Grilled cheese is the best comfort food!


39 Teawench April 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

I adore grilled cheese. I’ll definitely be trying this. One of my favorite recipes came from an old Cooking Light (I think) magazine. Provolone cheese, fresh basil, kalamata olive tapanade and tomato on sourdough bread.


40 Marla April 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

That flavor combo sounds splendid! Think I need to pick up some Provolone cheese. I have the other ingredients :)


41 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Whata beautiful sandwich! I love that there mini!


42 Marla April 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Thanks Jennifer! The mini thing helps with the ever important portion control 😉


43 Kristina Vanni April 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Wow – I bet the marinated mozzarella gives this sandwich such flavor! Looks great!


44 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

What a fantastic assortment of ways to serve one of my favorite sandwiches! That marinated mozzarella is totally droolworthy, too… Love that you made it yourself! Thanks for sharing your recipe and inspiring photo styling, too. You’re such a pro, Marla!


45 Nisha April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

okay, i didn’t know there was a national grilled cheese month!
and seriously … melted cheese like this, with just a hint of brown shade after baking, looks soooo tempting! 😀
beautiful pics.


46 Marla April 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thanks Nisha! Glad I could share the joys of National Grilled Cheese Month with all of you :)


47 Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats April 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love sandwiches like this…could eat one everyday!


48 Marla April 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Me too Ally! My kids could live on them 😉


49 Angie April 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Marla! Those photos are crazy beautiful! There is no better comfort food than a great grilled cheese and some delicious tomato soup! You have taken it to a whole new level! Gourmet and ultra fabulous! Yum!’


50 Marla April 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Miss Angie!! Girl I see you here on my blog way more than in person these days. We need to change that!! So glad you like the oozy gooey grilled cheese :)


51 Chris April 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow! This has my name on it :) Beautiful photography BTW.


52 Marla April 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

Thanks Chris!! Missed you in NYC at IACP :)


53 susan April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

there is truly nothing more comforting that a grilled cheese sandwich! if i was vegan, this is what i would miss most!


54 gloria April 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

oh wow..that bread and cheese <3


55 $$zumba gurl $$ September 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

I simply love your grilled cheese sands ,(how does it taste with veggie cheese?)


56 Amanda at TheCottonwoodJournals.com April 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website: http://grilledcheeseacademy.com


57 bestamazonfood.com June 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

Oh snap, thanks very much for posting this! It is going to aid me when I get Gourmet Coffee at the store! So Incredible!


58 Marla June 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

Yay! Love the gourmet coffee & gourmet cheese :)


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