What a summer. I don’t know about yours, but mine was filled with spontaneous get-togethers, tons of teens in and out of the house, work, training a highly energetic puppy, squeezing in work-outs and little day trips on the weekends. Who has time to cook a full-blown meal, let alone throw something together when there are hungry teens in the house.

That’s when making these Muenster Melts enters. It’s like a grown-up grilled cheese sandwich and who doesn’t like grilled cheese sammies???  You? Well then you’re just weird. It’s cheese! Glorious cheese melted on bread. Seriously good stuff. But, it can get very unhealthy. Unless you make it without any butter…or mayo – yeah turn your nose up. There are people out there who make grilled cheese with mayo instead of butter. I bake my sammies too. Plus mine are open-faced. And this is what they look like. All decadent melted and oh so BA-YUMMO!!!

I know, I know…look at that beautiful cheese all melted and browned on the edges. You can taste it, can’t you? No licking the screen please. THIS would be the perfect dish for Smell-a-puter because these smell soooo good and taste even better. There’s a little secret under those tomatoes that kicks this up a level…homemade basil pesto with lots of garlic and parmesan cheese. Did you hear the angels sing and the harps play? Were you blinded by heavenly decadent light?  NO?  What’s the matter with you? Maybe you just need to make these in order to believe and see.

Seriously, stop licking the screen! You will only drive yourself nuts trying to taste it. Making this simple dish would be the better way to go. Plus this is so easy to put together it’s not even funny. There’s no standing at the stove watching a sammie in a frying pan so it doesn’t burn…no trying to flip the sammie and hope it stays in one perfectly topped piece. There’s none of that. Just 4 ingredients, an oven and a little bit of time is all it takes for this mouth-watering, oozing cheese goodness.

Now make it!

Eat Well ~

Recipe type: Appy, Lunch, Main Dish
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Serves: 8
  • 1 loaf Pugliese bread, sliced in ¾" slices (about 8 - 10 slices)
  • 3 Tbs.basil pesto
  • 3 medium-sized garden tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 - 10 slices low sodium Muenster cheese
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees, line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.
  2. Spread about 1 tsp. basil pesto on each slice of bread and place on prepared jelly roll pan.
  3. Top each slice of bread with 2 slices tomato (or 1 if it's a small slice of bread)
  4. Place 1 slice of Muenster cheese on top of tomatoes. You might need to fold the cheese in half - you don't want much of the cheese to hang over the bread.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper over each slice if desired.
  6. Place in pre-heated oven on middle rack for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown on the edges.
You can further reduce the sodium levels by omitting the sea salt.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 233 Fat: 8 Carbohydrates: 29 Sugar: 1 Protein: 10

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