Puttanesca Grilled Cheese with Fried Capers
Prep time 15mins
Cook time 45mins
Serves or Makes: 1

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Puttanesca Sauce


Fried Capers


  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup fry oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour



  • Sourdough bread
  • Olive oil
  • 3 slices fresh mozzarella cheese or about ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Basil, for topping


  • Step 1

    In a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add anchovies and cook, 1 minute more. Add tomatoes, olives, and red pepper flakes. Add in olive juice. Let come to a simmer, stirring often, about 15-20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, add oil to a pan and let it heat. Add flour to a bowl and drain capers. Add capers to flour and coat evenly. When the oil is hot, add capers. Cook for bout 3-5 minutes or until they start to brown and crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

  • Step 3

    Add a thin layer puttanesca sauce to bread. Add fried capers, mozzarella and a few sprigs of basil. Add a piece of bread on top. Add oil or butter to a pan and add sandwich. Cook on medium heat for about 3-5 min per side or until cheese is melted and bread is nicely browned.

  • Step 4

    Remove and serve immediately.