Fancy grilled cheese? Yes, please! Try Eric Greenspan’s caprese melt

For many, grilled cheese sandwiches are a classic snack. But chef Eric Greenspan has literally written the book on elevating the popular dish. Try his take on a seasonal, Italian-inspired grilled cheese from his forthcoming book, "The Great Grilled Cheese Book."

Chef Eric Greenspan didn’t set out to become a grilled cheese mastermind. But when he threw all the cheese from his charcuterie plate in between two slices of bread at one of his restaurants, demand for his creation grew and grew. He entered the sandwich in the 2008 Grilled Cheese Invitational, and it took home the grand prize. Now Greenspan is on a mission to inspire others to invent their own sandwiches.

Nothing screams summer quite like a caprese salad: creamy burrata, sweet-tart summer tomatoes, whole basil leaves and balsamic vinegar. So why not turn it into a sandwich?

Note: If you can’t find burrata, buffalo mozzarella is a good substitute.

“Reprinted with permission from Great Grilled Cheese: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic by Eric Greenspan, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.”

Photography credit: Colin Price © 2018