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Basil-Tomato Grilled Cheese

 Basil-Tomato Grilled Cheese
The tastes of summer abound in this easy Italian-style grilled cheese sandwich. Not only is it delicious, it's super-fast, so you can get back to those summer outdoor activities. —Sylvia Schmitt, Sun City, Arizona
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 8 slices Italian bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • On four slices of bread, layer cheese and tomatoes; sprinkle with the
  • basil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Top with remaining bread.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, cheese and garlic powder; brush
  • over the outsides of each sandwich.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches until golden
  • brown on both sides and cheese is melted.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 467 calories, 27 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 723 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein.