Glorious Open Face Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

by Julie Cohn

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A few weeks ago, I received a text from my sister..

Her:  “Great seeing you!  (We had just gotten back from my Grandfather’s 100th birthday)  Just telling Dave about the yummy open-faced grill cheese sandwiches you used to make for me.  🙂

Me:  Hi!  I did?  I don’t remember…do you mean the one with the tomatoes?

Her:  Yes, and Worcestershire sauce, I think!

Me:  Oh yes, now I remember!

Her:  Those were so yummy! 

It’s funny, I hadn’t made those grilled cheese sandwiches in years, and yet, after she mentioned them, it was all I could think about.  I started to obsess.

I’ve got to get some cheese and fresh tomatoes, so I can make that sandwich! 
Do I have Worcestershire sauce to make that sandwich?
I’m making that sandwich today!

And yet, three weeks went by, and I did not make the sandwich…until yesterday.  Yesterday, I made that glorious sandwich, and it was even better than I ever remembered it, and now I’d like to share the recipe with you.  It’s nothing fancy, yet it could possibly be one of the yummiest sandwiches you ever eat.

Open Face Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • 2 Slices of Bread (A nice thinly sliced Italian is best, but I used whole wheat in mine)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter, softened
  • 1 Large Heirloom or Beefsteak Tomato, Ripe
  • 3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce.
  • 2 Slices Provolone or Swiss Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional:  Cooked Bacon

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spread the butter onto both sides of the bread slices, and lay the bread out on a baking sheet.

Place in the heated oven about 2 minutes, until the butter is melted.  Cut the tomato into thin (or thick) slices, and place on the bread.

Sprinkle the tomato with the Worcestershire sauce.  I advised 3-4 dashes per tomato, but if you like a lot of flavor, sprinkle a bit more, so it gets into the bread.

Layer the provolone cheese on top of the tomato.   You can also add a slice of cooked bacon on top of the tomato, before adding the cheese.

Place in the oven and “bake” for 5-7 minutes, until the cheese is melted and a little gold.

The first bite will make you swoon.  The flavor of the fresh tomato, coupled with the spicy Worcestershire sauce, and the creamy cheese is incredible.  Enjoy!

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