Spring is in the air, which means it is the best time start adding fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella to your menus. If you like Caprese Salad, you’ll love these easy, mouthwatering Panini sandwiches that are simple to prepare and full of flavor. Serve on ciabatta bread, an Italian white bread that is now more commonly found in your grocery store’s bakery. These fresh sandwiches are perfect for lunch or dinnertime served with a salad or fresh fruit.
Pesto Caprese Panini
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4 ciabatta rolls, split in half
3 tablespoons pesto
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Brush one side of each piece of bread with olive oil. Place 4 pieces on a work surface, oiled side down. Top bread slices equally with tomatoes, mozzarella slices and basil. Cover with remaining bread slices, oiled side up, and press together gently.
Place sandwiches on preheated panini pan or in a large skillet over medium heat and cook, turning once, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired. Slice each sandwich into 4 slices for appetizer servings. Serve immediately.
What other grilled sandwiches does your family enjoy?
Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.