published about 9 hours ago
I love a good grilled cheese and, to be honest, I love pretty much any kind of pizza. I mean, think about it — they’re both crispy, cheesy, and deliciously good. Why wouldn’t I love them both? So I was intrigued when I saw @arimonika’s recipe for pizza grilled cheese on TikTok. Would a mash-up of two dishes be even greater than the sum of its parts, or fall short? Only one way to find out!
How to Make Pizza Grilled Cheese
One of the most unique (and, if you read the comments, controversial) parts of this sandwich is the bread. Skip the sandwich bread and grab a sub roll. Slice it in half horizontally, leaving a hinge. Open the bread up like a book, lay it cut-side down, and use a rolling pin to flatten it. Layer pepperoni and mozzarella on top of the bread (yes, on the outer crust side!), and close the sandwich so what was originally the inside of the bread is now on the outside.
After the sandwich is assembled, make the garlic butter. Melt salted butter and mix in garlic powder, dried parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Spread it over the outside of the bread with a pastry brush.
Add the sandwich to a nonstick pan and cook until golden-brown, three minutes per side. As an optional topping, add a layer of grated mozzarella and pepperoni to the empty side of the pan while the second side is cooking. When the cheese is browned, roll the sandwich into the layer of cheese, and remove the whole thing from the pan. You can rip the whole thing in half to show the cheesy innards like they do on TikTok, or you can just cut it in half.
My Honest Review of Pizza Grilled Cheese
This sandwich was pretty simple to make. The only part I had any trouble with was trying to evenly spread the melted butter over the bread. I was making these for my family, so for the next sandwich I mixed the seasonings into softened butter and just spread it onto the bread with a butter knife. It was a lot easier, and I didn’t even use half of the butter mixture, leaving me enough for another sandwich.
The thing that intrigued me most about this sandwich was the use of the sandwich roll. Turning the bread inside out was a pretty neat idea — the flavor and texture really was just like garlic bread. And the cheesy pepperoni frico topping was really good! It got browned and bubbly just like an actual pizza.
A lot of the comments asked where the sauce was, and after a few bites (with all the butter and cheese, the sandwich wasn’t dry) I thought I’d see if adding sauce would improve the sandwich experience. I opened a jar and poured a little in a dish on the side for dipping. I found that it definitely wasn’t necessary, but I liked having some sauce for dipping. It amplified the overall “pizza” vibes.
Overall, though, I probably wouldn’t repeat this sandwich. It was a little too over-the-top. Not even my 6’3″ 15-year-old could finish his. When I typically use sub rolls for sandwiches, I pull out a lot of the interior bread. (It provides more room for fillings and makes it a little lighter.) But I don’t think you could really do that here and get the same sort of garlic bread result. Ultimately, I think it ends up being a lot of bread for one sandwich!
I also didn’t care for the pepperoni in the middle. They were just kind of chewy and didn’t add much to the overall sandwich. I’d skip them and just stick to the browned and crispy ones on top.
4 Tips for Making Pizza Grilled Cheese
I probably won’t repeat this sandwich as is, but there were definitely elements of it that I liked. The sandwich roll trick is really clever and I can see myself trying this again with different filling options. If you do decide to try this sandwich, here are a few tips.