Mozzarella Stick Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella sticks placed between two pieces of bread fried in parsley butter, complete with marinara sauce & MORE cheese.
- 2 slices white bread I recommend good quality crusty French bread, sliced thick
- 3-6 baked mozzarella sticks*
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup marinara sauce**
- 3 tbsp butter*** melted
- ½ tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- additional marinara sauce for dipping
Bake the mozzarella sticks according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, melt butter in the microwave. Add dried parsley and stir. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to spread the butter on ONE side of BOTH slices of bread (you likely won't use all of this butter***). Heat a pan or large skillet over medium heat. Arrange both of the slices buttered-side down on the pan.
Top ONE slice of bread with the marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover with a lid to help the cheese melt. Cook until the bottom of each slice of bread is toasted and golden brown and the cheese is melted, likely 5-7 minutes.
Top the piece of bread that has the marinara and mozzarella with the baked mozzarella sticks. Place the other piece of toasted bread on top to form a sandwich. Slice, serve, and enjoy! Optional: Serve with additional marinara sauce for dipping.
*Depending on the size of your bread slices and your mozzarella sticks, you may only need three or up to six if they're small. Just use as many as it takes to cover the surface of the bread.
** If you want a really saucy sandwich, I recommend using a 1/3 cup of marinara sauce.
***You likely won't use all of this butter, but this helps make sure you have enough to coat one side of each slice of bread evenly. If you're using really big slices of bread you may use all of it. I had about a tbsp. left over.
****I use a ball of pizza mozzarella that I shred myself. I recommend this over pre-shredded mozzarella if possible.