I love grill cheese and this sourdough grill cheese in a cast iron skillet is amazing. It is gooey, warm and tasty. Pair with a bowl of warm soup and you are in for a treat.
Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet Video
When I was a little girl, my mother would always have a soup and grill cheese night. My mother would cook a huge pot of soup and just before serving would grill eat of us in my family a warm grill cheese sandwich, this was my favorite dinner. I look forward to grill cheese and soup night and as an adult and running my own homestead soup and grill cheese night is not just a memory!
A grill cheese is a hot sandwich that is assembled by cheese, bread and butter. Grilling each side of bread until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted is a dream.
In the 1940’s grill cheese became popular by using a single slice of process cheese. In the beginning grill cheese was melted on one slice of bread and in the forty’s the grilled sandwich was born.
Through the years, I have become a grill cheese expert and finally have created the best grill cheese sandwich by using sourdough, fresh tomatoes, pesto and a cast iron skillet.
Note, you can omit any of the ingredients to your liking to make your grill cheese to your liking the goal is it is gooey and hot.
Best Cheese to use in Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet
Cheese choices are never ending these days, there are many options on the market. Choices a cheese depends on taste, flavor and color. Some individuals love a longer aged cheese such as parmesan, asiago, or gruyere.
Cheddar Cheese is a yellow cheese is hard and can be white or yellow. I like to use a combination of yellow and white cheddar cheese for this easy sourdough grill cheese. The famous cheddar cheese originated in England and is now all over the world. Cheddar Cheese is not aged as long as the cheesed I mention earlier.
You can buy your cheddar cheese by the taste. For Example, Sharp, Extra Sharp, medium, cheddar cheese is determined by the aging process. Flavor is created by how the cheddar cheese is cultured and can result is a tangy or sweet.
Why is cheese white or yellow? Cheddar cheese colored is very simple a yellow cheddar cheese is aged with an additive called annatto. Annatto is a seed powder that has an earthy taste and used to change and preserve the flavor of cheddar cheese.
I like both white and yellow cheddar cheese and the sharper the better.
Mozzarella Cheese is a soft cheese that melts very well. With an Italian origin mozzarella cheese in mild and amazing when melt into this sourdough grill cheese giving it an “ooey gooey” texture.
Using a cheese that melts easy is key in making the perfect grill cheese in a cast iron skillet.
Whatever cheese you do use does not matter; the possibilities are endless.
Benefits of Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet
Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet has many health benefits, filled with many great benefits and a way to grow yeast to rise breads. Probiotics are live microbes that have health benefits that grow naturally within the environment. Sourdough helps to relegate metabolism, helps relieve allergies, cancer protection and balances the immune system along with reducing inflammation.
I love cooking with cast iron pots and skillets. There are so many benefits with cooking with cast iron including enriching foods with Iron.
Cooking with cast iron makes food taste better and very healthy.
Fresh tomato in this sourdough grill cheese provides a crunch, freshness and several studies have indicated that it reduces risk of some cancers and heart disease. Lycopene is a antioxidant that is found in tomatoes.
The pesto used in this grill cheese is made from basil that is a natural anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants.
What to Serve with Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet
What to serve with sourdough grill cheese has no limits. I love serving a big bowl of homemade soup whenever I make grill cheese. Often in the summer instead of soup I serve a fresh salad or just fruit.
Soups I serve with sourdough grill cheese are:
Tips on Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet
When cooking or baking with your cast iron always preheat the skillet.
Use shredded cheese or thinly sliced cheese to ensure it melts nicely.
If fresh pesto is available that is the route to go, if not available there are many store-bought brands that are great.
Tomatoes on the vine or a medium round tomato is best to use in grill cheese.
If you do not know how to bake sourdough bread grab a loaf from your local bakery.
Make sure you grass fed butter is soft when spreading on your homemade sourdough bread.
Use medium high heat when grilling your sourdough grill cheese. Grilling slowly is key to making the perfect grill cheese.
Serve your sourdough grill cheese hot!
Sourdough Grill Cheese in a Cast Iron Skillet Recipe
- Slice Sourdough Sandwich Bread (you can buy a loaf or make the recipe here)
- Slices of Mozzarella Cheese but any cheese is nice; you choose!
- Slices of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Slice Tomato; (sliced not to thick and not to thin)
- Tablespoon of pesto or fresh basil
- Tablespoon of unsalted grass-fed butter
First, warm your cast iron skillet over medium high heat and butter your sourdough sandwich bread.
Second, take one slice of sourdough sandwich bread and place in cast iron skillet over medium heat and start layering your bread.
Third, add mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese. Next, add slice tomato and pesto and other sourdough sandwich bread on top. Place another cast iron on top such as a press of the bottom of cast iron skillet.
Fourth, after one side of the sourdough sandwich bread is golden brown; flip after four minutes and and cook for additional four minutes.
Fifth, once golden brown, remove the sourdough grill cheese from the cast iron skillet and place on a plate.
Finally, cut your sourdough grill cheese in half and Enjoy with a big bowl of soup.