Pizza Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Pizza Grilled Cheese combines two classic favorites into a tasty sandwich, with a side of pizza sauce for dipping!

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It just so happens that April is National Grilled Cheese month.  An entire month devoted to one of the greatest food inventions ever…the grilled cheese sandwich!  Whether it is a classic from your childhood or something a bit more gourmet, grilled cheese sandwiches bring people together in a way like no other food.  Well, no other foods except perhaps pizza. People are passionate about their grilled cheeses as well as their pizzas.  So it is only natural to put the two together and make a Pizza Grilled Cheese sandwich!

This Pizza Grilled Cheese sandwich is packed full of cheese, vegetables and meat, just like a pizza. In fact, for this Pizza Grilled Cheese, I used some of my favorite pizza toppings – sautéed onions, mushrooms and green peppers, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese…plus some crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat.

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Since this sandwich was so full of goodness, I did not want to lose any of the tasty filling when it was time to flip.  I used one of my favorite method of cooking a grilled cheese – baking!  When baking a grilled cheese sandwich, not only is there no flipping required, but you can bake several sandwiches at once so everybody eats at the same time!  Tomato sauce is served on the side for dipping, which gives the Pizza Grilled Cheese that true pizza flavor.

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Pizza Grilled Cheese
The amounts and ingredients listed below are a guideline and can be adjusted to suit your tastes. Most important thing about a Pizza Grilled Cheese is to have fun with it!
Yields: 3 sandwiches
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup finely sliced onion
  • ½ cup finely sliced green pepper
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
  • 6 slices bread (2 slices per sandwich)
  • butter (I use spray)
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 to 15 slices pepperoni (4 to 5 per sandwich)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high in a nonstick skillet. Add onion, mushrooms and green pepper and saute until softened, stirring frequently (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat.
  3. Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread. Put one slice, butter side down, on prepared baking sheet. Top that slice with sauteed vegetables, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices. Top with another slice, butter side up. Sprinkle top slice with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese. Repeat.
  4. Bake in oven for 6 to 9 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Then switch the oven to broil to cook the Parmesan crust (about 1 minute, or until starts to brown (keep an eye on it!)

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Whether it is a classic from your childhood or something a bit more gourmet, there are so many creative and fun ideas for making the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

That is one of the many reasons this is one of my favorite Sunday Supper themes…made even better with our partnership with Gallo Family Vineyards.  Last year I fell in love with the pairing of their Café Zinfandel with a Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese (and also a Pretzel Grilled Cheese), so I knew it would be the perfect accompaniment with the Pizza Grilled Cheese.  I also had the pleasure of trying a new-to-me wine, Gallo’s White Merlot.  The White Merlot is a lighter-bodied wine that has a nice fruitiness which provides a nice counterbalance to the savory Pizza Grilled Cheese. (It would also be excellent with Mexican fare).

For more grilled cheese recipes with wine pairings, be sure to visit the delicious recipes by the other Sunday Supper blogger this week…and enjoy!

For more delicious Gallo Family Vineyards grilled cheese recipes, visit the Gallo Family Vineyards blog.

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  1. Pizza in a sandwich sounds awesome to me especially when that sandwich is a grilled cheese!

  2. Oh, my gosh, this is perfect for when those pizza cravings strike! LOVE all that gooey mozzarella!!

  3. You had me at pizza! I love the flavors and your method to make this, Alida!

  4. I love your grilled cheese! What a fun and creative combo for pizza lovers like me! 🙂

  5. So creative! I’m totally craving this now! Love it!!

  6. Yum yum and MORE yum!! This is such a droolworthy sandwich!!

  7. I love crusting the sammie with cheese. Adds such a great toasty cheese flavor! And pizza = perfect!

  8. I can’t wait to make this for my family!

  9. Totally craving a pizza grilled cheese right now, these look awesome!

  10. What a great round up of grilled cheese recipes! And we love pizza here so I’m sure we’d love this one!

  11. I love that you sprinkled an extra layer of cheese on the outside of the bread. What a good looking sandwich!

  12. pizza and grilled cheese – how can you not love this

  13. What a fun grilled cheese recipe. It would be a big hit in my house. And if I can have mine with wine, well that’s even better!

  14. My kids would totally dig on these and I love that you melted cheese on the outside too! Delicious!

  15. This is such a great way to cook grilled cheese and I love the extra crispy bits on the outside!