Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Caprese Panini!!

And yes, I am back. That darn Christian Grey has preoccupied my summer!!!!! Fifty Shades - fun summer reading.

Anywho....I was looking for an easy week night meal AND have been wanting a panini maker for like ever... So, when Aldi had them for $25 I snatched one up.

Caprese Panini is a great and healthier alternative to pizza night (& probably cheaper)

4 slices of whole grain sourdough bread (I get mine at either Publix bakery or Trader Joes)
1/4C olive oil
1/2t Italian Seasoning
Dash of sea salt
1 plum (Roma) tomato - thinly sliced
1 small ball of mozzarella - thinly sliced
1C fresh basil leaves

Preheat your panini maker at medium heat (like a 5 or 6)

In a small bowl or coffee cup mix together the olive oil, Italian seasoning & salt. Then, with a pastery or basting brush, brush the oil mixture onto one side of the bread.  Put the oil side face down on your work surface (cutting board or plate).

Build your sandwich.  Start with a layer of tomato, then cheese and finally the basil.  Place the 2nd piece of bread on top and again bruch the oil mixture on the top.  Now don't go crazy with the oil so it doesn't get soggy.

When your panini maker is ready - place the whole sandwich in there and close the top.  squish it down a tiny bit but you don't want to squish out the guts of the sammy.  It should take between 3-6 minutes, depending on your maker.  Just watch it and see.  When the bread is toasty and the cheese is melty it is done!  Repeat so you have 2 sandwiches.

A great red table wine is great with this quick, easy and light weeknight meal.  Want something a little more carnivorous?  Try putting a grilled chicken cutlet (a thinly sliced chicken breast) in the middle of the sandwich too.

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