Monday, May 21, 2012

Caprese "Panini"

It was sunny and warm the other day (a rarity here in Monterey) and I was dying for a fresh and flavorful Caprese salad. I don't know what it is about juicy tomatos, fragrant basil, and creamy mozzarella, but that combo just screams sunshine to me! I happened to have a batch of homemade basil in the fridge and a loaf of Santa Cruz sourdough in the pantry... And the lightbulb went off in my head! Caprese salad on a sandwich! Trust me when I say that you need to make this!

2 slices crusty bread, such as sourdough
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons pesto
sliced tomato
fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick

Preheat a grill, panini press, or George Foreman (I used a George Foreman).

Drizzle one side of each slice bread with olive oil.  Spread pesto on the other side of each slice.  Layer one slice bread with tomato and cheese slices over pesto and top with remaining piece of bread, pesto side down.

Grill sandwich, pressing down, until cheese is melted, perfectly gooey, and bread is crispy golden.

Makes one sandwich.


  1. I love anything caprese! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party!

  2. Hi, Katie. Thanks for sharing this at Must Try Mondays, too! Great to have you!

  3. this is one we never do - but i think it 's time for a change! thanks from KIK

  4. Featuring you tomorrow from Must Try Monday! Thanks for linking up! You can stop by and grab a button if you want :).

  5. Hi Kate,
    Your Panini looks awesome, we would really enjoy it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Simple and delicious combination of ingredients and I love that you used sour dough bread. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  7. How delicious and simple! Simply delicious! Thanks for linking up and sharing another yummy dish! This week's Friday Food Fight linky is now open. Come on by!