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Pizza Grilled Cheese

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Gooey cheese and pizza toppings made into a classic sandwich, how can you go wrong with this ultimate pizza grilled cheese?
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  1. Pizza Grilled Cheese Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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There’s a new sandwich in town, and its name is pizza grilled cheese. This delectable creation takes all of the best pizza flavors—the cheesy goodness, the delicious sauce, and the crispy crust—and puts them between two slices of bread for an easy-to-eat meal that will have you coming back for more.

We’ve got all sorts of recipes for grilled cheese sandwiches to entertain your taste buds. Try our jalapeño popper grilled cheese and steak grilled cheese for two more tasty choices.

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Pizza Grilled Cheese Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 8 slices Italian sandwich bread
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 48 slices of full-size pepperoni (12 slices per sandwich)
  • 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese (½ cup mozzarella per sandwich)
  • 8 slices smoked provolone cheese
  • 8 tablespoons pizza sauce

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

ONION POWDER: You can substitute garlic powder for onion powder for an extra garlicky sandwich.

PIZZA SAUCE: You can use your favorite brand of pizza sauce in this easy recipe.

BREAD: You can substitute plain sandwich bread, Texas toast, or whole wheat bread for Italian bread in your pizza melt.

PEPPERONI: You can substitute salami for the pepperoni slices in this grilled cheese sandwich recipe.

TOPPINGS: If you have other favorite pizza toppings, you could add a few to this delicious pizza sandwich. What about sauteed mushrooms, pepperoncini peppers, or onions?

How to Make This Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

The best way to get your cheese to melt is to let it sit out at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before you start making these.

STEP ONE: Add the melted butter, extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, and onion powder to a small bowl. Whisk, or stir, to combine. 

butter, olive oil, and seasonings whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Heat a 10 to 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.

PRO TIP:

This would also be fantastic grilled in a panini press instead of on the stovetop.

STEP THREE: Generously brush one side of 2 pieces of bread with the butter mixture. 

bread brushed with the butter mixture

STEP FOUR: Place the two pieces of bread in the skillet, butter side down.

bread placed butter-side down on the skillet

STEP FIVE: Carefully spoon and spread 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce over the bread slices in the skillet.

pizza sauce spread on top of the bread

STEP SIX: Lay 1 slice of the provolone on top of the sauce layer.

slice of provolone placed on top of the pizza sauce

STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle ¼ cup of the shredded mozzarella over the provolone layer.

shredded mozzarella cheese placed on top of the provolone

STEP EIGHT: Lay the 12 slices of pepperoni over each sandwich.

slices of pepperoni placed on top of the shredded mozzarella cheese

STEP NINE: Sprinkle ¼ cup more of the shredded mozzarella over the pepperoni layer.

shredded mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top of the slices of pepperoni

STEP TEN: Lay 1 slice of provolone on top of the top mozzarella layer.

slices of provolone placed on top of the shredded mozzarella

STEP ELEVEN: Place the top slices of bread on the top provolone layer. 

STEP TWELVE: Generously brush the top slices of bread with the butter mixture. 

STEP THIRTEEN: Cook each sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Be sure to keep a close eye on each sandwich as it cooks. Carefully slice each sandwich in half and serve while hot.

PRO TIP:

Keep a close eye on the temperature, and adjust up or down to avoid burning the sandwich.

both sides of the sandwich cooked on a skillet

How To Serve

You can’t get much better than pepperoni pizza made in sandwich form. The melty cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni all combined in a tasty grilled sandwich is the ultimate lunch. Add celery or carrots sticks and a handful of potato chips on the side. For a larger meal, you could serve this with a warm bowl of tomato soup.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight. You can reheat the sandwiches in the skillet.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing leftovers as the bread will become soggy once thawed.

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Grilled cheese is a classic sandwich for a reason. But sometimes, you just need a little bit more oomph, and that’s where pepperoni pizza grilled cheese comes in. This delicious sandwich takes all the best parts of both dishes and combines them into one amazing meal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of bread should I use?

These pizza sandwiches would work with your favorite bread. Try regular white bread, French bread, Italian bread, ciabatta, or rye bread.

Can I use a different type of cheese

While mozzarella and provolone are classic pizza cheese choices, you could use any cheese that melts well on this pizza grilled cheese sandwich.

Can I use marinara sauce instead of pizza sauce?

We would recommend sticking with pizza sauce as marinara tends to be more watery and may make your grilled cheese pizza sandwich soggy.

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Pizza Grilled Cheese

5 from 1 vote
Gooey cheese and pizza toppings made into a classic sandwich, how can you go wrong with this ultimate pizza grilled cheese?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches

Ingredients
  

  • 8 slices Italian sandwich bread
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 48 slices of full-size pepperoni, 12 slices per sandwich
  • 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese, ½ cup per sandwich
  • 8 slices smoked provolone cheese
  • 8 tablespoons pizza sauce

Instructions
 

  • Add the melted butter, extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, and onion powder to a small mixing bowl. Whisk, or stir, to combine.
  • Heat a 10 to 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Generously brush one side of 2 pieces of bread with the butter mixture.
  • Place the two pieces of bread in the skillet, butter side down.
  • Carefully spoon and spread 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce over the bread slices in the skillet.
  • Lay 1 slice of the provolone on top of the sauce layer.
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup of the shredded mozzarella over the provolone layer.
  • Lay the 12 slices of pepperoni over each of the two sandwiches.
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup more of the shredded mozzarella over the pepperoni layer.
  • Lay 1 slice of provolone on top of the top mozzarella layer.
  • Place the top slices of bread on top of the top provolone layer.
  • Generously brush the top slices of bread with the butter mixture.
  • Cook each sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Be sure to keep a close eye on each sandwich as it cooks. Carefully slice each sandwich in half and serve while hot.

Notes

  • The best way to get your cheese to melt is to let it sit out at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before you start making these.
  • This would also be fantastic grilled in a panini press instead of on the stovetop.
  • Keep a close eye on the temperature, and adjust up or down to avoid burning the sandwich.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1284mg | Calcium: 594mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Vitamin A: 1376IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 266mg | Cholesterol: 139mg | Calories: 614kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Fat: 54g | Protein: 27g | Carbohydrates: 5g | Iron: 1mg
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