Dinner: Caprese Panini

9 Jan

One of Harrison and my favorite easy dinners is Caprese Paninis. It doesn’t take that long to throw together after work and we are a huge fan of sandwiches. We got our panini maker right after our wedding and it has been one of our most used appliances! These sandwiches aren’t just quick to prepare, they also taste like a restaurant quality meal.

Their most stunning ingredient is the fresh basil. I love basil so much I bought a basil plant at Wegman’s and clip leaves from it several times a week for our meals. It smells amazing and improves the quality of our food.

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I like to layer the tomato and mozzarella as shown in the picture. IMG_8553

The balsamic vinegar should not be overlooked. It adds another full flavor dimension to the sandwich.IMG_6513

Ingredients:

4 slices italian bread, 1/2 inch thick
4 tbps olive oil, for brushing
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
6 tomato slices
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 to taste salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat an electric panini maker.
  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil.
  3. Lay the slices, oiled side down, on a clean work surface.
  4. Spread the top of 1 slice with mayonnaise.
  5. Layer on top the cheese and tomato slices
  6. Drizzle with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Top with finely chopped basil, then with the other bread slice, oiled side up.
  8. Place the sandwich on the preheated panini maker and cook until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer the sandwich to a cutting board and let cool a few minutes.
  10. Cut in half and serve with soup or salad.

(All photos are courtesy of Joodles Doodles)

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