My crazy stove fire (also known as the epic macaroni bonfire of 2014), though hilarious, kind of took my cooking mojo for a while. That was in January, and I am still not over that fire! I've posted recipes for foods cooked in the stove since then, but not on top of it. I've left that to Hilary, who is a much more accomplished cook the I. But today I'm back, proving that I can, in fact, cook foods on my stove and not set them on fire. HA! Take that doubters! (Then I spent the whole time I was writing this thinking about that fire. I can't help it! It will haunt me forever, lol.) But I digress...
So does anyone else have kids who love grilled cheese? Yeah I thought so. What about pizza? (side note, my friend's super cute five year old son doesn't like pizza...it blew my mind! )
This recipe is the perfect thing to whip together on a lazy night that will make kids super happy. Unless you're my friend's son. So I should say it will make most kids super happy, and takes almost no time to make.
The original idea for these fun grilled cheese sandwiches came from my awesome friend Suzzy, who is literally SuperMom (you can see her in all her gorgeousness here, modeling a diy dress with me). She made these grilled cheese sandwiches for my daughter during a play date, and two years later my little girl still begs for them! The only thing I changed was that I used pita bread, and she used regular bread to make hers. Regular bread works great too!
These can be customized to fit any kid's tastes, but mine are generally strict cheese-and-pepperoni eaters when it comes to pizza.
1. Start with pita bread! This was perfect, I could actually have made little pizzas with these, but then they wouldn't have been grilled cheese!
2. Add toppings of your choice.
3. Melt butter in your pan.
4. Place your pizza in the pan, then top with another piece of pita bread.
5. Spray the top liberally with cooking spray.
6. Flip, then cover your grilled cheese while it cooks. This'll help the cheese get really, really melted all the way through.
7. When the bottom of your second side is golden brown, you're done! Take it off the stove.
8. Your cheese should be oozing and melty all the way through.
I serve ours with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, and a salad so that I can pretend I'm serving my kids a vegetable. Mostly they pick out the mushrooms and eat those, though. And technically mushrooms are a fungus, not a vegetable, but I digress...
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! My two kids always inhale these like they haven't eaten in days. And if I'm honest, I do too! It's a win-win situation. Oh yeah, and nothing was burned in the making or photographing of this recipe!