Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free bread for this sandwich.


"I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip." -John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

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I like using olive oil for my grilled cheese sandwiches. It makes the sandwiches easier to cook. Butter browns and burns at a much lower heat than olive oil, so the oil is more forgiving. Don't use your best extra virgin oil as it will burn.

There are a lot of great variations on this cheese sandwich, and you can use lots of different flavors, like pimento cheese, curry, or chili powder, to complement the umami of the cheese.


Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Servings: 1 | Serving size: 1 sandwich

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied but does not make very good leftovers.

Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • 1 ounce reduced fat cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 10 grape tomatoes (sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 2 slices whole wheat or gluten-free bread
  • 1 tsp. olive oil (divided)

Place half of the grated cheese on top of one slice of the bread.

Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the layer of cheese. Distribute evenly across the top of the cheese.

Add the remaining cheese to the top of the sandwich and distribute evenly.

Top with the bread and pat down until the sandwich is firm.

Place a griddle over high heat.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil to the hot griddle and spread with a spatula.

Place the sandwich on the griddle. Adjust the heat so that the sandwich browns but does not burn.

After about 6 minutes, add the other 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to the griddle.

Turn the sandwich over and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 sandwich

Servings: 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 206 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g
    Saturated Fat 2g 10
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 511mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 22%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 17%
    Sugars 6g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 21% Iron 9%
Vitamin K 11 mcg Potassium 399mg
Magnesium 58mg