Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini

by on December 2, 2013

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We’ve eaten too much, we’ve shopped too much…it’s time to lighten things up a little, don’t you think? I’ve got just the thing: Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini. Lemon zest and fresh basil make these about the most fresh-tasting grilled cheese sandwiches you’re going to find.

As grilled cheese sandwiches go, these are actually a little lighter than most. You might recall this post from a few years ago where I mentioned that feta and mozzarella are a bit lower in fat than other cheeses. I’m fighting the urge to say “tastes great, less filling”…but yeah, pretty much. 🙂 Normally, I butter the bread before grilling, but I do love how well olive oil pairs with lemon and feta, so that’s what I use for these panini.

Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini, served at my cookbook launch party at Whole Foods in SeptemberWhole Foods served this beautiful platter of my Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini at a cookbook party they hosted for me in their Del Mar store a few months ago. It makes terrific party food, and also makes a great accompaniment to soups, such as roasted red pepper or tomato.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mike from Class December 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

One of my favorite recipes from your book. Love it!


2 Puja @ Indiaphile.info December 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Yum! This panini sounds perfect right now! 🙂
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3 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes December 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Don’t know why I haven’t tried this one yet. It has all the flavors I love.
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4 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective December 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

Great flavor combo, Kathy! 🙂
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5 claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

This looks AMAZING!!!!
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6 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

Yummy! Thinking this will be our dinner menu tonight!


7 Melanie @ Carmel Moments December 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

Can’t believe I’ve never been to your blog before. I’ve sure been missing out! I am in love with paninis. They are by far my all time favorite lunch. Happy to have found your blog. 🙂
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8 Kim Beaulieu December 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

This looks crazy good. I am such a lemon fanatic so this is a must try.
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9 Kate@Diethood December 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Um… I’m drooling… Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS!
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10 Aggie December 6, 2013 at 4:24 am

I seriously love everything about this!


11 Carla May 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

Made this last night- whole family loved it. Unbelievably delicious .


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