I’m pretty sure I have mentioned in a previous post that I am a huge fan of paninis. There are just so many possibilities! Tonight, I made a simple yet classic Italian-style panini for dinner: Tomato, Basil, Roasted Pepper, and Mozzarella.
The bread is key for a panini. I was very excited to find a 4-pack of toasted onion flavor individual ciabatta rolls in the bakery section of Stop & Shop.
Get all your sandwich ingredients ready before you start to assemble:
- Preheat your panini maker (I used my Cuisinart Griddler, of course!) to medium-high.
- Thinly slice 1 roma tomato.
- Cut 4 slices of mozzarella.
- Cut a roasted pepper into 4 pieces.
- Pick and wash some fresh basil.
- Slice the roll in half.
- Drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette onto the bottom half.
Start putting your sandwich together:
- I started with the mozzarella.
- Next, I added the basil.
- Then, I put on the roasted pepper.
- Finish your sandwich with the tomato slices.
- FInish the sandwich by drizzling a little more balsamic vinaigrette onto the top half of the bread.
- Top your sandwich.
- Spray some non-stick cooking spray onto both sides of your panini maker.
- Place the sandwich in the center and press the top down. (Be careful not to knock the top of the bread off the sandwich when closing!)
- Cook until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.
- Cut in half and enjoy!