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Bruschetta Waffle Panini, a glorified grilled cheese made in a waffle maker with mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil!

A Bruschetta Waffle Panini on a cutting board

All you grilled cheese lovers out there, listen up — April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day! I know you don’t need an official holiday to enjoy a warm, toasty, and melty grilled cheese sandwich, but it is a great excuse for me to share this grown-up — and sophisticated — version that I’m calling a Bruschetta Waffle Panini. I don’t own a panini press, but have found that my old, trusty waffle maker works pretty darn well for this yummy sandwich that’s assembled with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, tomato, red onion, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds!

Two slices of bread on a cutting board, with basil, red onions, and tomato slices for Bruschetta Waffle Panini

To use your waffle maker as a panini press, be sure to start with a dense sandwich bread like sourdough. Preheat the waffle maker while you assemble the sandwich. Start by brushing one side of each slice of bread with a little olive oil. Assemble the sandwich by layering a couple of slices of mozzarella cheese on one piece of bread (not the side with the olive oil), then add fresh basil leaves on top of the cheese.

Two slices of bread on a cutting board, with basil, red onions, and tomato slices for Bruschetta Waffle Panini

Next, add thin slices of tomato and red onion. (TIP: To keep the red onion from overpowering the sandwich, place the slices in a bowl of cold water for about five minutes, then drain and pat dry before adding to the sandwich.) Top this off with a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar. Carefully place the slice of bread with all the layers of goodness on the hot waffle maker, sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese and top with the second slice of bread, oiled side up. Close the waffle iron and cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melty and you’ve got yourself a gourmet sandwich!

A piece of Bruschetta Waffle Panini sitting on top of a wooden cutting board

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day, friends! 

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Ina Garten

A Bruschetta Waffle Panini on a cutting board

Bruschetta Waffle Panini

Bruschetta Waffle Panini, a glorified grilled cheese made in a waffle maker with mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil!
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 674 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices sour dough sandwich bread
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 medium tomato thinly sliced
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat waffle iron. Lightly brush olive oil on one side of the bread slices.
  • Slice red onion and place in cold water for five minutes. Drain well.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by layering 2 slices of mozzarella cheese, 3-4 basil leaves, 2-3 slices tomato, and a few pieces of red onion on one slice of bread (not the side with the olive oil). Drizzle with 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the loaded bread slice in the middle of the waffle iron. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and top with another bread slice, olive oil side up.
  • Close waffle iron lid and cook until lightly toasted and the cheese is melty. If desired, press lid down to compress sandwich while cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 674kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 31gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1454mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11g
Keyword panini, waffle
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A piece of Bruschetta Waffle Panini sitting on top of a wooden cutting board

 

16 Comments

  1. Yes, yes, one thousand times yes. Waffle-izing the sandwich was absolutely genius, btw. Can’t wait to try this out!

  2. Oh, Sheila,
    I’ve never tried a Waffle Panini, and this looks amazing!! Can’t wait to make it!

  3. I really need to dust off my waffle machine and make these for dinner one night this week. They look incredible!

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