Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

When I was growing up grilled cheese for dinner was a pretty common occurrence in our house. Now that I’m a mom, I can see why my mom was a fan.

Easy, inexpensive, everyone likes them. No one complains.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

My mom made them with Kraft Singles Cheese and one of the highlights of grilled cheese making was my sister and I opening the plastic wrap on those Singles and peeling the cheese off the plastic.

We tried to open the cheese without dinging or breaking the cheese corners. Sounds easy enough but when you’re a kid and in a hurry, broken corners can be unfortunate casualties.

I will never forget all the cheese my sister and I used to eat in a sport I’d call squares-of-cheese-folding. We’d fold multiple pieces of Singles into squares and see how high we could stack the squares and how much we could fit in our mouths. At one time. The things kids do. And they still do it.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

Give kids a package of Singles and it doesn’t take long before cheese folding, stacking, tearing, and even cheese art happens.

You can use cookie cutters and cut out pretty cheese shapes, layering cut out pieces on top of other pieces. Think gingerbread house decorating but with cheese. Don’t ask me how I know this.

I also grew up in Minnesota, just one state away from Wisconsin where cheese eating is a statewide sport. And we won’t talk about the Minnesota State Fair and fried cheese curds and how I love those greasy little nuggets.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

What better was to embrace my inner kid than to make mini grilled cheese sandwiches.

And let’s face it, anything that’s mini just tastes better.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

I love tomatoes so much and they are wonderful in grilled cheese sandwiches.

Plus, they add a few more nutrients and a pop of color to the otherwise pale, yet highly comforting, little stacks.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

Oh and I really love condiments. Ketchup is required as a dip for grilled cheese.

Three cheese ranch dressing, blue cheese, salsa. Name a condiment and I’ll happily take my grilled cheese sandwiches for a bath in it.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

I was out of homemade spicy honey mustard but that would have been a great little dipper, too.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

Just like old times.

Except mini.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

I think these would make perfect party food. Birthday parties for kids or adults, baby or bridal showers, summer parties, barbeques, Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

Trays of drinks being passed followed by trays of mini grilled cheese sandwiches would be a big hit I’m thinking.

Then again, I never met a pile of warm cheese and warm buttered white bread that didn’t go down oh-so-good.

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect party appetizers!

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Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches - Mini food always tastes better! Perfect little party appetizers that are easy, fast, and irresistible.

Yield: about 8 mini sandwiches

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: about 5 to 6 minites

Total Time: about 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 French baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

2 Roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds (each tomato will yield about 5-6 slices)

Kraft Singles Cheese, 1 slice per sandwich, cut or folded into sixths

butter, about 1 tablespoon per sandwich

Directions:

Prepare a large non-stick skillet by spraying it with cooking spray. Butter one side of bread and lay it buttered-side-down into the pan. Top with the cheese squares by staggering them slightly when placing them onto the bread rather than stacking all the squares exactly on top of each other (this will create height to the finished sandwich). Top with one tomato slice.  Butter another piece of bread and place it on top of the tomato slice, buttered-side-up. Repeat for as many sandwiches and you wish to make.

When all your sandwiches are in the pan, turn the stove to medium or medium-high heat and cook sandwiches for about 3 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes on second side, or cook until both sides are browned to desired level. Serve immediately.

Consider serving with ketchup, ketchup + hot sauce, salsa, three cheese ranch salad dressing (shown in photos), mustard, mayo, or any desired dip.

Tip: To encourage cheese melting, use a pan with a lid as the trapped heat and steam will help encourage the cheese to melt. Otherwise you run the risk of the bread browning too fast before the cheese has melted.

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105 Responses to “Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches”

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    Michele Sparrow — May 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Oh man, did we ever fold those suckers and stack them! I was always so disappointed when the corners broke off, too!

    Tomato soup was a standard for dipping, as well as ranch dressing, ketchup, ranch dressing mixed with mustard!!, onion dip and even chive dip. We dipped it in all kinds of stuff. The saucier the better! :-)

    I love the mini ones you made. Super fun! :-)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 22nd, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      tomato soup & grilled cheese is the stuff Lent was made of :)

      dinged corners…glad you know what I meant on that one. haha!

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 23, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Ahh I LOVE grilled cheese and tomato! It’s even better with a few strips of bacon! Never wild have thought about this as a finger food but it’s genius!

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    Heather @ DragonFlyGirlRuns — May 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Back when I use to eat bologna, as a kid, I would love fried bologna sandwich with a cheese slice and mayo. Something I would never eat anymore, but the thought brings back happy memories! Now it’s gluten free bread and almond cheese, not quite the same.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    These are too cute! Anything mini is always cute, but the tomatoes sticking out is perfect! And the baguette makes this so much better than the wonderbread version as kids.

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — May 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    These are such adorable little grilled cheese sandwiches and they look so fun too. What a great idea to do mini ones. These would definitely go down a treat at a party.

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    The Sisters — May 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    These look so cute (and delicious!). Can’t wait to give them a go! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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    Deborah — June 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I can’t tell you how much I’d love to go to the Minnesota state fair just to experience the food there!! And these sandwiches are so cute. Love the addition of the tomato!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — June 5th, 2012 at 8:03 am

      When I saw you were at the Betty Crocker test kitchens, I about died. I grew up so close to their and my grandparents would take me to feed the ducks near the water and paths that were in front of their buildings when I was a little girl as it was about 10 mins from their house!!

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