Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches
Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches have been a family Sunday afternoon favorite for decades. Who doesn’t love grilled cheese sandwiches? I have devoured grilled cheese sandwiches since I was a kid. But my husband, John, has always made them better than my mom or I ever have.
I especially like these delicious sandwiches made with thick-sliced homemade bread or Texas Toast. Ours have lots of tomato slices and plenty of Swiss cheese. John grills them up in cast-iron skillets. If necessary, he covers the skillet with a lid or microwaves the sandwich a few seconds to ensure the cheese melts.
Last week our Pastor’s wife texted me and asked for John’s Grilled Cheese recipe. John had posted up pictures of it several months ago on FaceBook when he made it. Our pastor had a craving for them. After texting back directions I got to thinking about how good these sandwiches are. I decided the next day to make some for ourselves.
I made mine with homemade Seven Grain Bread and the sandwiches turned out SO wonderfully. Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches are so simple to make. They’re a great sandwich to make when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare dinner. Or they’re a great accompaniment to your favorite soup like Corn-Chicken-Chili Chowder or Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup.
Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches are wonderful to make after ball games. But they’re also pretty terrific for Meatless Mondays, or anytime you get the urge! We have served these sandwiches a lot of times on Sundays after church. They can be made up so quickly, plus, they’re so filling and satisfying. This is a totally delicious and scrumptious grilled cheese recipe. Consider making up a batch of John’s amazing Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches. They are superb.
I initially posted this recipe in June 2013. I was so new to taking pictures with my Canon camera, that the pictures turned out only so-so. I recently remade this recipe (January 2020) for my son and his wife when they came over to catch up after the holidays. I served them with Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. Everything was well loved and pretty well devoured after that lunch.
I’ve always felt Grilled Cheese Sandwiches work wonderfully with Tomato Soup. They’re even better when the soup is homemade. 🙂
John’s Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches are full of hearty flavor. They’re especially good when you make them on homemade bread.
We use two slabs of Swiss cheese but you can always use more if you like a lot of cheese.
Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches are great if you have to whip up a quick lunch or supper. I love a thick-sliced bread for this recipe so I used homemade bread. Texas Toast and Ezekiel bread will work, too.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Place two pieces of bread on your counter or plate.
Add Swiss cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. We prefer Swiss cheese slices rather than regular cheddar cheese slices. It gives the sandwich an awesome flavor.
Add sliced tomatoes.
Carefully place sandwich together. Melt butter in skillet over low to medium heat.
Brown bread about five minutes before flipping bread carefully over to the other side. If the cheese doesn’t melt you need to either cover with a lid for this part, or microwave the sandwich on a microwavable plate for about 10-15 seconds. Remove sandwiches to serving plates.
These sandwiches are so simple, but they’re hearty, filling, and completely satisfying. I could only eat a half. They’re great served with an Asian Chopped Salad, too.
Swiss cheese tastes so much better than cheddar cheese, in my opinion. Although I like them both in grilled cheese sandwiches.
This sandwich is so simple to make, but it’s a wonderful 6-ingredient recipe. It’s wonderful with Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup.
Here’s the recipe.
GRILLED SWISS CHEESE AND TOMATO SANDWICHES
(my husband, John’s concoction)
- 2 slices bread, Texas Toast, or [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2013/06/19/seven-grain-bread/” target=”_blank” title=”seven grain bread”]homemade bread[/url] cut thickly
- 2 slices Swiss cheese
- 3-4 tomato slices, sliced really thin
- salt and pepper, to taste
- butter for the skillet
- Place bread on counter.
- Place a piece of Swiss cheese on each slice.
- Layer one piece of bread with tomatoes.
- Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
- Place remaining piece of Swiss Cheese over top of the tomatoes and cover with bread.
- Meanwhile, melt about a tablespoon of butter in a cast-iron skillet over low to medium heat.
- Place sandwich in skillet and cook for about 10 minutes until the underneath browns lightly.
- Remove sandwich with a spatula.
- Add another tablespoon of butter and melt in skillet.
- Flip sandwich over so remaining side browns nicely–another 10 minutes.
- If the cheese hasn’t melted, cover with a lid for a few minutes.
- Remove from skillet and place on a plate.
- Cut sandwich in half.
Asian Chopped Salad makes a great accompaniment to Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches.
Grilled Swiss Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches have been one of our favorite sandwiches to eat over the years.
Put these sandwiches on the menu with Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup and you have a comfort food meal that will knock your socks off!