CUISINE AT HOME WEEK – Caprese Panini

Soups and Sandwiches | July 25, 2009 | By

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  The details are posted for Crock Pot Wednesdays.  I hope you are planning to sign up.  There will be prizes:)

The last offering for this edition of Cuisine at Home is this terrific panini.  I hope you get a chance to try it.

 

 

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One of my favorite salads is a simple caprese salad made with homegrown tomatoes, basil, fresh  mozzarella, a good balsamic, freshly ground black pepper,  and a great olive oil.  When I saw this recipe in Cuisine At Home (special issue, no date), I just knew I was going to give it a try.  Plus, I have not been putting my new panini press to much use lately.  I decided to go with this model because I just didn’t want another big appliance around that I would have to take care of and store.  Since there are only two of us at home, this one works great.  You don’t have to have a press, of course, a good iron skillet and a heavy weight for a top will do.  I’m addicted to cookware and dishes, but I do have my limits!

 

 

 

Makes 2 sandwiches.
658 calories each

1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon capers
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (I use Modena for the most part.  It’s not so expensive, but it is good.)
3 slices white or wheat sourdough bread, 1/2-inch thick
1/4 cup homemade or purchased pesto
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced (Get the fresh; you’ll thank me.)
sea salt
coarsely ground black pepper

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add tomatoes, capers, and pepper flakes; sauté until just starting to break down, about 3 minutes.

Off heat, add vinegar.  Brush oil on one side of each slice of bread; spread the other sides with 1 tablespoon pesto.  Arrange mozzarella and tomato mixture on two slices of bread, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Top with another slice of bread, oiled side up.  Toast sandwiches on both sides.

It’s a classy grilled tomato and cheese!!!!

Note:  I have some really good asiago cheese sourdough bread in the freezer that I  used with these, but I think this  and the addition of 2 strips of applewood smoked bacon added to Hubby’s were the only variations I made for this first go at the recipe.  I served it  with a spring green salad.   Plan on serving this immediately as it will get soggy if allowed to sit. 

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Details are posted for Crock Pot Wednesdays!  Check it out now.

 

Linked to Souper Sundays hosted by Deb at Kahalai Kitchens in Hawaii.  Is she lucky, or what???

 

 

This is also linked to Simple Supper Saturdays. Hooray for simple! I think this panini fills that bill.

  1. Chow and Chatter
    July 25, 2009

    love Panini’s
    d arnold: umm not sure about subs I think weetabix is best as it mushes up!, you can buy it in the States though I have found it in a few places, I don’t have a crock pot but thanks for the offer maybe in future Rebecca

  2. Martha
    July 25, 2009

    This sounds so wonderful! I love caprese salad, one of my very favorites! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for linking up to Simple Supper Saturday! 🙂

  3. Lori R.
    July 25, 2009

    I had a hard time with your post because I couldn’t stop staring at the panini pan you have with the press lid!!!! Oh, I want one of those soooo bad!!! and your music is just devine… I actually loved the recipe, thanks for sharing… P.S. love the Drifters!

  4. xinex
    July 25, 2009

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks really good…Christine

  5. Lori R.
    July 25, 2009

    Thanks for the info re: the panini grill and press, I’m looking for one ASAP. Thanks for joining my followers list. I am gearing up for Crock Pot Wednesdays,,, thinking I’m leaning towards a real summer favorite at our house with fresh garden greats!!!

  6. Lori R.
    July 26, 2009

    Well, I must be dumber than a rock! I can’t seem to get this little crock Pot button to work on my blog… I have copied the URL under the pic on your blog. I have read and reread the directions and tried again. I have signed up with Mr. Linky,,,, I just can’t figure it out… and then there is the thought maybe it is a Blogspot problem. So I will go get another cup a’ joe and try it again. Wish me luck!!!

  7. Chari
    July 26, 2009

    Hello Debbie…

    Oooh…panini’s!!! I love them!!! This sounds like a scrumptious recipe, I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for dropping in on Saturday and taking a peek at my pink depression glass! Thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment! I sure would love to see the punch bowl set that you have…bet it’s gorgeous!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

  8. Debinhawaii
    July 26, 2009

    I love a good panini and this one looks really tasty. I don’t have the fancy panini pan though ;-( Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays and for the invite to Crock Pot Wednesdays. I will see what sort of crock pot dishes I can come up with and try to pop in. I also added a blurb about your new event to the SS round-up.

    Aloha,

    Deb