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Parmesan Crusted Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese like you’ve never had it! Celebrate grilled cheese month (or any month!) with this Parmesan crusted pepperoni pizza grilled cheese recipe.

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese with a crispy parmesan cheese crust - so good you'll never go back to plain grilled cheese! Find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

So, I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but it is Grilled Cheese Month!!! This is exciting for so many reasons. I went through a major grilled cheese phase in graduate school. I ate grilled cheese sandwiches so often that one of my professors dubbed me the “Grilled Cheese Queen.”

I think it was in an exercise physiology class or something along those lines and we were talking about nutrition or something and two or three days in a row it just so happened that we talked about lunch or something and I had grilled cheese. That was a lot of “or somethings.” My memory isn’t my strongest suit.

Anyways — I was in grad school. I didn’t have a lot of money. Cheese and bread were a cheap, easy, and oh-so-delicious meal solution. Great to make and eat quickly before heading back out to the library to study for houuuuuuurs on end. Hours. And hours.

So I’m in Physical Therapy school and they called me the grilled cheese queen. Not at all embarrassing. People in classes ahead of me even knew me by this name. Whatever, I’ll own it. Grilled cheese is clearly one of the best foods known to man. And it’s so adaptable! Add bacon. Add a huge, tasty, juicy tomato (those are coming eventually, right?), add pesto, add whatever the heck you want. Or whatever you have in your fridge.

I’m also obsessed with anything “pizza.” Maybe it’s because of my toddlers, but more likely, it’s because of me. Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. Pizza Lasagna Rolls. Pizza Macaroni and Cheese Muffins.  Pizza Chicken Tenders. Pizza Pizza Pizza. Oh my goodness if you want to dive into my archives and horrible photos, there are even more. Pizza turkey burgers, Pizza baked pasta and pizza paninis. But it’s grilled cheese month, not pizza month.


Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese with a crispy parmesan cheese crust - so good you'll never go back to plain grilled cheese! Find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

This pizza grilled cheese sandwich is stuffed with pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. And if that weren’t enough, it has a crispy Parmesan cheese crust that takes it right over the top!

Parmesan Crusted Pizza Grilled Cheese

Yield: 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Grilled cheese like you've never had it! Celebrate grilled cheese month (or any month!) with this Parmesan crusted pepperoni pizza grilled cheese recipe.


  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened or spreadable
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon pizza sauce
  • 6 slices pepperoni
  • 4 tablespoons mozzarella, divided


  1. Butter one side of each slice of bread with softened butter. On unbuttered side of one slice, spread on pizza sauce. Then add about 3 tablespoons of the mozzarella, lay out the pepperoni, and then top with the rest of the mozzarella and the other slice of bread. The buttered side should be on the outside. On one buttered side, spread 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and press down gently. Place this face down on a skillet or griddle heated over medium heat. Top the other buttered side (should be face up in the pan) with the rest of the parmesan cheese.
  2. Cook for 4-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese on the inside is melted. Enjoy immediately.

Note: Measurements are approximate and will vary based on size of bread

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese with a crispy parmesan cheese crust - so good you'll never go back to plain grilled cheese! Find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Parmesan Crusted Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese on RachelCooks.com


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34 Responses to “Parmesan Crusted Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese”

  1. Kristen — April 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I absolutely love the Parmesan crust idea for this tasty grilled cheese!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 10th, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

      Thanks Kristen! It makes it super crunchy and extra delicious. 🙂 The more cheese the better in my book! 😉

  2. denise — April 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

    to die for!

  3. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    One cannot eat too many grilled cheese sandwiches in her lifetime. That’s my motto. 😉 This pizza version looks so scrumptious!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 10th, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

      Amen sista.

  4. Linda — April 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    You know I want it !!!

  5. Jen — April 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Grilled cheese is one of my favorite meals! Will attend the party!

  6. Brenda Haines — April 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    RSVP @TheHippieHut

  7. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — April 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Ok ,that is hilarious that you were called the Grilled Cheese Queen…I’d proudly own that name too lol! You had me at Parmesan crusted…then you said pizza..then you said grilled cheese? YES YES YES to all of those! These pictures are beautiful, need to try this recipe 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — April 10th, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

      Thanks Phi! Come to the twitter party tonight!!! 🙂

  8. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — April 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I’ll be there!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 10th, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

      You’re the best.

  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This sammie is AWESOME and I know all of us would enjoy it.

  10. Amanda S — April 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I’ll be there!

  11. Brittany — April 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    RSVP @modernisticmom

  12. Ashley — April 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    RSVP @Shippydoll

  13. Sapphire B — April 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    RSVP @milagrosmami4

  14. Rosenna Brown — April 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm


  15. Rosenna Brown — April 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    RSVP @Rosenna472

  16. Kimberly — April 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Grabbing some coffee so I can make it through the afternoon and follow along! @bakelovegive

  17. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — April 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Ok this is seriously calling my name. So genius!

  18. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I did not know it was Grilled Cheese Month. This particular sandwich would take the cake for the title of Best of the Lot. So you realize by ‘taking the cake’ one would have dessert too. I know it’s lame, but I am laughing. What an awesome treatment of a classic food item.

  19. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Grilled cheese and pizza — a match made in heaven!

  20. Erin — April 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This looks so yummy! It can be made easier and less messy, though by using sliced mozzarella rather than shredded.

    • Rachel Gurk — April 13th, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

      For sure! But I had shredded on hand. 😉

  21. bev @ bevcooks — April 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Um I want to crawl in that thing and never come out.


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