Tomato & Pesto Grilled Cheese, Crazy-Good Seasonal Food

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

So it looks like there’s going to be no getting around it: the warm weather is officially here.

In full disclosure, I’m a little sad to see the coolness go, because we truly had no winter here in southern California, and I can only imagine how hot and dry our upcoming summer is going to be. (No! Say it aint so!)

I’m not a fan of hot weather; can you tell?

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

But OK, if we must welcome the warm season in, then we can at least enjoy the beautiful bounty of colorful foods that it brings in with it, and that part I’m more-than-perfectly-fine with. Thick slices of fresh, juicy tomatoes? Check. Lots of green, luscious flavors from summer herbs such as basil? Check. And putting them to great use pressed between pieces of toasty, buttery bread that’s been richly gooey-ed up by creamy melted provolone and mozzarella cheeses? Goodness gracious, check!

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

It seems that every summer season I like to try to come up with different ways to use those amazingly delicious “caprese-like” flavors that I love so much; those flavors of tomatoes with basil and good cheese. A couple of years back we had these Fried Heirloom Tomatoes, Caprese Style; and then last year, we had this scrumptious Crispy Stuffed Chicken Caprese. And now, I’m about to take those flavors to the grilled cheese level; ready to join me there?

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

In the summers, we enjoy making a simple and light evening meal out of freshly sliced and lightly salted tomatoes on some type of rustic bread that’s been toasted and smeared with a flavorful cream cheese, or even a little butter. So the inspiration for this grilled cheese came from our love of that, and wanting to make a more complete meal, or complete sandwich, out of it.

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

We all pretty much love grilled cheese sandwiches, don’t we? So what a divinely delicioso and decadent twist on that fave to create a juicy caprese-inspired version, full of the brightness and pop of good spring/summer ingredients.

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Though I may not really be a fan of the hot weather, I am a lover of the mouth-watering and richly colorful foods that it certainly brings with it to our table. Simple, seasonal ingredients added to favorite go-to meals makes for some amazing twists that we can gladly sink our teeth into, and make the hot temps a tad more bearable.

What we get is crazy-good seasonal food, whether we enjoy it outdoors on our patios, porches, or in our backyards; or cooly tucked away inside where the air conditioner is merrily buzzing away.

(Any guesses as to which of those locations I’ll be in?)

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Leigha @ Minougirl June 9, 2014, 1:50 pm

    I’m not a fan of hot weather either – but I LOVE getting to eat tomatoes from my garden! This looks so, so yummy! My mom and I love to have pesto/tomato/mozzarella paninis for dinner. These look even better!!

    • The Cozy Apron June 10, 2014, 6:36 pm

      Hi Leigha, thanks so much! You and your mom have got to give these a try and see how you both like ’em! :-)

  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes June 9, 2014, 3:56 pm

    This sandwich looks SO good! I love all the melted cheese and the pesto!

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me June 11, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Oh, Ingrid, this looks wonderful! I am also not a fan of hot weather, but summer weather does bring wonderful things like pesto and tomatoes! Everything about this makes me want to make one right now!

    • The Cozy Apron June 11, 2014, 6:25 pm

      Hey Lisa, thanks for stopping by! And yes, if you’re at all a fan of the flavors of pesto/tomatoes, this is a must-try recipe for you this season!

  • Elizabeth Rogers June 22, 2014, 7:19 pm

    I’ve tried some of your recipes; sent to me by a few friends. I own & cook at Bee-Lightful Coffee House. I make Breakfast, Brunch,
    & Lunch. Your recipes are new & different for my area.

    • The Cozy Apron June 23, 2014, 5:43 am

      Hi Elizabeth! I love your comment—so excited that you’re enjoying some of my recipes! And my heart leaps at the thought of your quaint eatery/coffeehouse; keep up the great work in your community, keeping bellies filled and happy! Thank you for sharing with me.

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