Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Panini Recipe

by on April 30, 2008

A classic Italian caprese salad is reinvented as bright-flavored panini…and it’s not just for vegetarians either. Sweet heirloom tomatoes and creamy, melted fresh mozzarella are accented by fresh basil and a hint of lemon zest and olive oil on a French baguette. The result is a satisfying medley of flavors that’s quick and easy to enjoy any day of the week.

1 serving

INGREDIENTS:
1 French baguette, halved lengthwise
2-3 fresh basil leaves
1 heirloom tomato (or other tomato of your choice), sliced into 1/4″ slices
Lemon zest
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat panini grill to medium-high heat (375 degrees).

Drizzle olive oil inside both halves of the baguette. On the bottom half, layer basil leaves and tomatoes. Season tomatoes with salt, pepper and lemon zest. Add mozzarella and top half of baguette.

Grill sandwich for 5-6 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 joshua gene January 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Not putting Olive oil on the inside of my sandwhich was probably my mistake earlier today. Thanks for the recipe with the specific ingredients, very helpful. Cheers, Josh

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2 anthony August 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Looks great and simple at the same time. I will give it a try soon.

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3 Preethi October 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Hi, All your recipes are awesome!! I was just wondering if there is a substitute in case I do not have fresh basil at hand? Can I use dried or frozen? Which one is better & close to the fresh basil?
Thanks

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4 Kathy October 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Hi Preethi – thanks so much! Well, fresh basil really is ideal for this sandwich, but you could give frozen a try. Dried basil has a slightly different flavor – I imagine it would still taste good, it wouldnjust be a little different.

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5 Preethi October 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thanks so much:))

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6 mahrukh September 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

wow, this recipe is awesome… cant wait to give it a try. Do you have to use a panini grill or can you use any grill – such as an oven grill?

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7 Kathy September 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

Any kind of grill, skillet or oven will work!

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