Pizza Grilled Cheese

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Quick Summary

This Pizza Grilled Cheese is made with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and garlic bread that has a salty, cheesy Parmesan crust! Dunk in pizza sauce for the ultimate pizza experience.

pepperoni grilled cheese sandwiches cut in half with melty cheese and a bowl of pizza sauce for dipping.

Our classic grilled cheese sandwich is PERFECTION. Have you tried it? It really is the best.

But what do you do when you are craving pizza and grilled cheese? You make a Pizza Grilled Cheese, the best of both worlds.

This grilled cheese is made with hearty Italian bread that gets slathered with garlic butter, pepperoni, and lots of mozzarella cheese. The sandwich also has a Parmesan cheese crust that is phenomenal. Serve pizza sauce on the side for dunking and you are in pizza AND grilled cheese heaven!

This sandwich is a hit with kids and adults and it’s super easy to make! I guarantee it will be a favorite. If you don’t have time to make pizza or order in pizza, make this pizza grilled cheese!

sliced bread on a wood board, shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pizza sauce, butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese to make pizza grilled cheese.

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Bread– we prefer Italian bread, but French or sourdough are also good options.
  • Parmesan cheese– to create a salty Parmesan crust on the outside of the sandwich.
  • Mozzarella cheese– use freshly grated mozzarella cheese for best results.
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza sauce or Marinara sauce– for dunking!

How to Make Pizza Grilled Cheese

two slices of bread on wood board slathered with garlic butter.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Spread one tablespoon of the butter mixture on one side of the bottom slice of bread.
Parmesan cheese in cast iron skillet.
  • Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese in a hot skillet, spreading it out to about the same size as the bread.
  • Place the buttered piece of bread, buttered side down, into the pan, directly on the Parmesan cheese.
garlic buttered bread in cast iron skillet to make pizza grilled cheese.
  • Arrange the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices on the top side of the bread in the pan.
  • Spread the remaining tablespoon of butter mixture on the second slice of bread, then place it face up on top of the bread and cheese in the pan.
  • Let the sandwich cook until the bottom slice is golden brown, and you have a nice Parmesan crust, and the cheese has begun to melt on the inside. Don’t turn up the heat. Low and slow is the way to go. If your cheese isn’t melting, you can cover the pan with a lid to help, but don’t turn up the heat.
Parmesan cheese in cast iron skillet to make cheese crust on pizza grilled cheese.
  • Remove the sandwich from the pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese directly in the hot pan, spreading it out about the same size as the bread. Place the sandwich back in the pan, uncooked side down, directly in the Parmesan.
pizza grilled cheese cooking in cast iron skillet with spatula on the side.
  • Cook until the cheese is melted on the inside of the sandwich, and you have a nice golden brown, cheesy crust on the outside.
  • Remove from pan and use a serrated knife to cut the sandwich in half.
pizza grilled cheese cut in half with cheese pull.

Variatons

You can easily customize this grilled cheese by using your favorite pizza toppings as sandwich fillings. Here are a few ideas.

  • Use cooked sausage instead of pepperoni.
  • Make a meat lovers grilled cheese by using pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and ham.
  • If you want a vegetarian pizza grilled cheese, use sautéd mushrooms, peppers, artichokes, or spinach.
  • Try pineapple slices and Canadian bacon.
  • Make a classic margherita pizza grilled cheese with a little pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.
  • Kick up the heat and add crushed red pepper flakes, jalapeño slices, or a drizzle of hot honey.
pizza grilled cheese being dipped into a bowl of pizza sauce.

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This Pizza Grilled Cheese is made with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and garlic bread that has a salty, cheesy Parmesan crust! Dunk in pizza sauce for the ultimate pizza experience.
4.60 from 5 votes

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Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Place a cast iron skillet on the stove top and turn on the heat to medium-low heat. Let the pan warm up before you start cooking. The pan should be hot to the touch, but not smoking.
  • Spread one tablespoon of the butter mixture on one side of the bottom slice of bread. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese in the hot skillet, spreading it out to about the same size as the bread. Place the buttered piece of bread, buttered side down, into the pan, directly on the Parmesan cheese.
  • Arrange the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices on the top side of the bread in the pan.
  • Spread the remaining tablespoon of butter mixture on the second slice of bread, then place it face up on top of the bread and cheese in the pan.
  • Let the sandwich cook until the bottom slice is golden brown, and you have a nice Parmesan crust, and the cheese has begun to melt on the inside. Don’t turn up the heat. Low and slow is the way to go. If your cheese isn’t melting, you can cover the pan with a lid to help, but don’t turn up the heat.
  • Remove the sandwich from the pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese directly in the hot pan, spreading it out about the same size as the bread. Place the sandwich back in the pan, uncooked side down, directly in the Parmesan.
  • Cook until the cheese is melted on the inside of the sandwich, and you have a nice golden brown, cheesy crust on the outside.
  • Remove from pan and use a serrated knife to cut the sandwich in half. Serve immediately.

Notes

Feel free to use your favorite pizza toppings as fillings for this sandwich. 

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 723mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Calcium: 314mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic idea for a grilled cheese sandwich.
    The Parmesan crust was amazing and the pizza sauce on the side is a must!
    We loved it!
    Thanks for a great quick dinner idea!

  2. 5 stars
    These were so good! The whole family loved them. The Parmesan cheese skirt is a must. The flavorful butter is so smart. And a really yummy pizza sauce like Muir Glenn elevates the whole dish. We used Field Roast vegan pepperoni. I know the kids will request this again and that’s great because it was so easy.