Saturday, May 22, 2010

Almost Caprese Panini

Now the purists will balk at this version and rightly so because there is nothing as tasty as a fresh mozzarella, juicy tomato and fragrant basil on a soft focaccia roll. But my husband doesn't like them. He won't touch them - too bland for him. So this version was born... like a compromise between caprese sandwich and a pesto panino. It is delicious and the garlic and Parmesan from the pesto with the warm gooey mozzarella take it to a different level. The portion below makes four sandwiches. Ideally from a 1 1/2 inch ball of mozzarella you can make 8 slices. And I get about 8 slices from a medium roma tomato too.

Ingredients:

8 slices Italian bread
8 slices mozzarella 
1/2 cup (or 4 tablespoons) basil pesto
2 medium roma tomatoes
Butter (optional)

Spread about a tablespoon of pesto on the slice of the bread. Layer 4 slices of tomato next with 2 slices of mozzarella after that. Cover with another slice of bread. Butter the outer side of both the breads, it will give it good color. Place in a panini grill or on a flat frying pan with some flat weight on top. Grill till golden on each side. Slice and enjoy with hot cup of tea or coffee.

Now a days with the weather warming up, we have our evening tea on the patio with some easy snack like this one. Everything tastes better with the warm (but not hot yet) evening sun shining on us. Try it and let me know how you enjoyed tea on the patio or balcony...

20 comments:

J said...

Hmmm.. Delicious!

Rachana Kothari said...

This is an unbeatable combo! Absolutely delicious:)

SS said...

Great...i havnt even heard of these sandwiches ...:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

They looks just divine now that I want something to eat. What lovely looking panini sandwich :)

divya said...

very simple and easy,it looks very delicious...

Kiran said...

Wow a very nice panini sandwich.Looks delicious.

Pari said...

Perfect snack.The flavours of Pesto and mozzarella will blend well.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

yummy snack for evening time.Make me hungry!gr8 presentation and lovely clicks...

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

quick and easy..i love panini maker...sandwich looks so crisp and yum.....

Leena said...

Yummy snack...lovely presentation!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I have been to Capri and tasted their sandwich while sitting idly and watch life pass by..even though your sandwich isn't authentic, it does bring fond memories for me..at-least the first half of the day trip that was all right.

SS blogs here said...

I like the picture you painted of having these sandwiches with chai on the balcony.. nice lazy evening! :) Cheers!

Priya said...

Irresistible Panini, looks super prefect and simply delicious..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very interesting,adorable sandwiches.

Chetana said...

Aww tats is soo good....pur-fect panini.

Chaitra said...

Never heard of these sandwiches,they sound inviting.......
Lovely click....
Drop in sometime

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
Thanks for the awards. But where are they? Sorry I have been sick and staying away from blogging for almost 5 days.
The kulfi icecream in the previous post is too tempting and I want it so bad.

Sushma Mallya said...

Panini looks lovely & thanks a lot for the award as well..

Nithu Bala said...

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Saba said...

Lovely Sandwich... Nice photos...

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