Just when you thought grilled cheese couldn't get any better, this tasty casserole will be a quick favorite.
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step-by-step directions

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Casserole

  • 1 Crusty Sourdough Peasant Loaf (1/2" slices)
  • 1 pound Deli Sliced Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves (plus more to garnish)
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion (grated)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (grated)
  • 4 .5 ounces Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 cup Aged Cheddar Cheese (grated)
step-by-step directions
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking dish with Cooking Spray. Butter both sides of each piece of Bread and season with Salt and Pepper. Place on a baking sheet and cook until golden, flipping once, about 8 minutes. Build sandwiches using two slices of Bread, 3 slices of Cheese and 2-3 Basil Leaves. The basil should be placed between the slices of Cheese. Cut the sandwiches into 4 pieces each.
  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high with a few tablespoons of Olive Oil. Add the Onions and sauté until lightly caramelized, seasoning with Salt, about 3 minutes. Add the Garlic, Tomato Paste, Paprika, Thyme, and Pepper Flakes and cook until fragrant and paste is rust-like in color.
  • Reduce heat to low and whisk in Milk and Cream. Season with Salt and Pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and ladle a small amount of the warm sauce into a bowl with the Eggs and whisk to temper. Pour in the remaining sauce form the pan and whisk to combine.
  • Shingle the sandwiches into the prepared baking dish and pour the Egg mixture over. Sprinkle on the grated Cheeses and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown on top.
  • Serve warm with a  garnish of sliced basil.
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