It hit me the other day that we tend to throw out a lot of food. I tend to forget what's in the fridge, or sometimes I just have a little bit of a lot of things and don't really know what to do with them. Then, I start to get the waste not/want not guilties. I've made a pledge to myself to try and use up what we have before I buy more.
Tonight, I had some shredded mozzarella and basil left over from making Cheesy Ravioli Bake a few days ago. I also had a couple of tomatoes and a loaf of french bread. I decided to combine my favorite Italian flavor profile, tomato and basil (margherita), with the American classic, grilled cheese sandwich. I brushed the bottom of the bread with melted butter, sprinkled on the shredded mozzarella, chopped tomatoes (seeded), and chopped basil, topped it all with another buttered slice of bread, and fried it up in a pan. You know, standard grilled cheese procedure. It was really good. I may have to make sure to have left-over cheese, tomatoes, and basil on hand at all times! Next time, though, I will sprinkle the filling with a little bit of salt to amp up the flavors a bit.