More basil and tomato love

July 29, 2008 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

This is what happens when you put Insalata Caprese between two slices of grilled ciabatta. Drool-worthy, sandwichy goodness.

Caprese Panini

Serves two.

  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • 2-3 ounces of buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • Few glugs (as Jamie Oliver would say) of olive oil
  • big handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Cook one: Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Slice the ciabatta rolls lengthwise. When oil is heated, grill slices of bread until golden brown.
Cook two: Slice the moz and tomatoes. Heavily season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Peel garlic clove and cut in half.

Both: Rub garlic cloves on slices of bread. Assemble panini with tomato, cheese, and basil. Cut in half. Marvel at the flavor and simplicity.

We enjoyed this simple, summery panini, but in between mouthfuls of tomato and moz, we discussed a couple of things we’d do differently. Your panini will be so  much better if you do these two things:

  1. Make the basil sauce from the Insalata Caprese. Smear on ciabatta slices after grilling, but before assembling panini.
  2. Have salt and vinegar chips in the house.

P.S. I sometimes refer to mozzarella as “moz” (pronounced motz), but guacamole should NEVER be referred to as “guac” (pronounced gwahk). Just trust me on that one.


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