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Pandemic Pizza: Part 11 - Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Pizza

Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 03/29/2021 - 14:28

If you read last week’s blog post then you learned about how the classic duo of tomato soup and grilled cheese came to be.

This week’s pizza creation was inspired by the best grilled cheese sandwich my daughter and I have ever had. She attended Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri as a dance major. (She later graduated from The University of Iowa with a degree in Psychology.) While at Stephen’s we discovered a unique restaurant, Katy Station, that was in the old historic Katy Train Station. There is a different restaurant in that location now.

Unfortunately, they don’t have a grilled cheese sandwich on their menu. But that sandwich lives on in our memories. The first notable difference from any other grilled cheese we had eaten was the bread. It was a hearty, chewy multigrain bread including oats, chia seeds and sunflower seeds. (The sunflower seeds reminded us of Bethany’s high school friend Melinda. They were her favorite snack.) This bread was amazing! They layered sharp cheddar and gruyere cheese between two slices of this bread and grilled it to perfection. This place was a must for lunch whenever I visited.

My first challenge was to create a pizza crust with some semblance to that delicious bread. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I added a few sunflower seeds and some rolled oats to my pan pizza crust dough. I didn’t want to overload it with to many extra ingredients for fear it wouldn’t rise. After stretching out the dough I brushed on a light layer of garlic butter sauce and gave it a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper and dried basil.

I then spread on my childhood favorite, Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Tomato Soup. I layered on grated Parmesan and finished it off with a mixture of gruyere, sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Although it didn’t taste quite as good as the best grilled cheese ever, I would say it was a pretty good interpretation.

Thursday Doughday: Being a cool, rainy, springtime in Iowa day, we decided soup for dinner was in order. We happen to love Asian food, so we thought the combination of Potsticker soup and Scallion pancakes with some homemade chili sauce would warm up the body and soul.


~Peggy Palmer-Johnson