This Breadless Grilled Cheese Bell Pepper Sandwich is incredibly delicious. It’s essentially ham and cheese panini with peppers in lieu of bread, making it both unique and gluten-free.
This is such a fun way to make a sandwich without bread. With a son with Celiac Disease, I’m always trying to come up with new, awesome gluten-free recipes.
This Bell Pepper Sandwich is exactly that!
The bell peppers are the “bread” for breadless grilled cheese.
It’s so delicious with nutty, creamy Gruyère — melting beneath a slightly sweet slice of ham, peppery arugula, and tangy mustard.
This is a phenomenal gluten-free bell pepper sandwich.
It has a truly magical flavor combination.
And guess what?
You can make this inside of 20 minutes!
What’s in this recipe?
- colorful bell peppers
- whole grain Dijon mustard
- Gruyère cheese
- olive oil
How to Make Them
You can make this on a grill, though I think it’s easiest in a panini press.
– Cut the peppers into what will become the “bread.”
– Add the mustard, ham, cheese and arugula, and the top slice of pepper.
– Grill in the panini press.
(More detailed instructions are below.)
This recipe is so pretty! I mean, seriously, look at those colors! And it’s just as tasty as it is pretty.
When to Serve This Delicious Grilled Cheese
- It’s a fabulous lunch or dinner.
- It’s a lovely appetizer or hors d’oeuvre if you cut them into small bites.
- These are absolutely perfect for a cocktail party.
- How about a picnic?
The list goes on.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- You can of course mix this up with your own favorite cheese, greens, etc. Swiss, Mozarrella, Cheddar, it’s your call. (Hard cheeses are typically best for this recipe.) Spinach, chard or kale are some alternative green you can use.)
- Not a fan of grainy mustard? Use whatever your favorite is.
- Vegetarian? Skip the ham and add a thin tomato slice.
- I think the small size can be fun, but make them any size you like, adjusting the size of the pepper slices accordingly.
Here are a few more breadless “sandwiches:”
- Spiced Pork and Mango Chimicurri Lettuce Wrap
- Pepper Jack Turkey & Pickled Onion On Lettuce
- Banh Mi Cucumber Subs
Breadless Grilled Cheese Bell Pepper Sandwich
- panini press
- 4 large bell peppers (varying colors), washed and dried
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
- 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
- 6 ounces applewood smoked ham (or your favorite ham), thinly sliced
- ¾ cup loosely packed arugula leaves, washed and dried
- extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat a panini press. (See notes.)
- Slice about 1-inch off the tops and bottoms of the peppers, including the stems. Then slice each one in half vertically. Use a paring knife to smooth out the inside of each half, and to remove the seeds and membranes. Set aside.
- Spread half of them with the mustard and evenly distribute half of the cheese slices on top. Follow the cheese with the ham and arugula on top. Then add the remaining cheese, and "close" them with the remaining pepper halves, smooth side up.
- Drizzle the top halves with a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
- Once the panini press is ready (most have a green light - much like a waffle maker), place the “panini” on the bottom "plate," and close. Most presses will take about 5 minutes. I lift the lid a bit when I think it's getting close to check. The size of the panini press will determine how many you can make at once. I make two at a time in mine.
- You can serve them whole, or cut each one in half.
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