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Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich with Homemade Olive Tapenade

This Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich with Homemade Olive Tapenade is a delightful and versatile dish that every mom needs in her recipe arsenal. When you’re a busy parent, finding quick, delicious, and kid-friendly meals is a top priority. Whether you’re packing lunch boxes, craving a tasty after-school snack, or simply short on time but longing for something scrumptious, this sandwich is the perfect solution. It’s not only quick and easy to prepare but also offers a burst of flavours that will leave your kids asking for more.

Basic Ingredients for Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich


High-Quality Sourdough Bread: High-quality sourdough bread provides a robust and slightly tangy flavour profile that complements the other ingredients. It also offers a sturdy texture that holds up well to grilling.

Unsalted Butter: Butter is essential for creating that perfect golden-brown crust and adds a rich, buttery flavour to the sandwich. Using unsalted butter allows you to control the saltiness of the dish.

Ripe Tomato: Thinly sliced ripe tomatoes add freshness, juiciness, and a subtle sweetness to the sandwich. They contrast the rich cheese and tapenade, balancing the flavours.

Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella cheese is chosen for its mild, creamy taste and exceptional reliability. It creates that classic stringy, gooey texture that kids adore in grilled cheese sandwiches.


Homemade Olive Tapenade: The homemade olive tapenade serves as a flavourful spread that elevates the sandwich. It contributes a briny, salty, and slightly tangy element, making each bite more exciting.

alternative ingredients

Bread: If sourdough bread isn’t available, you can use other bread varieties like whole wheat, ciabatta, or French baguette, depending on your preference.

Butter: While unsalted butter is recommended, you can use salted butter if that’s what you have on hand. You can also explore plant-based butter alternatives for a dairy-free option.

Cheese: If you prefer a different cheese blend, options like cheddar, Swiss, provolone, or Gouda can be used. Mix and match to suit your taste.

Tomato: Feel free to use heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or even sun-dried tomatoes for a unique twist on the classic sandwich.

Preparation Tips for Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature to ensure easy spreading and even cooking.
  • Use a serrated knife to slice the tomatoes thinly and evenly for better sandwich assembly.
  • Grate or shred the Mozzarella cheese for quicker and more even melting.

Serving Tips for Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

  • Serve the grilled cheese and tomato sandwich immediately to enjoy it at its best while the cheese is gooey and the bread is crispy.
  • Pair it with a side of mixed greens, a small salad, or some pickles for a well-rounded meal.

storage tips

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches are best enjoyed fresh and hot. If you have leftover sandwiches, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a toaster or on a skillet to maintain their texture.
  • For prepping ahead, you can make the olive tapenade in advance and keep it refrigerated for up to a week.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich with Homemade Olive Tapenade

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp home made olive tapenade
  • 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mozarella cheese


Prepare the Sandwich

  • Spread olive tapenade evenly on one side of each slice of sourdough bread.
  • On one slice, layer Mozzarella cheese over the tapenade.
  • Arrange the thinly sliced tomatoes over the cheese.
  • Top with the second slice of bread, tapenade side down, and press gently to adhere.

Grill the Sandwich

  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Spread a tablespoon of butter on the outer side of one slice of sourdough bread and place it buttered side down in the pan.
  • Spread the remaining tablespoon of butter on the outer side of the top slice of bread.
  • Grill for 3-4 minutes on one side or until it turns golden brown and crispy.
  • Carefully flip the sandwich and grill the other side for another 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a cutting board. Slice in half and serve immediately.

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