Monday, August 2, 2010

A Summer Staple--Italian Panini

These sandwiches are the main reason I grow basil each summer.  They are really fabulous.  I thank Giada De Laurentiis for the inspiration.  I saw this on the Food Network a few years ago, and we have been making them ever since.  I can't find the actual link to the recipe so here is the version as I remember it.

Italian Panini

2 slices bakery style bread (I think the original calls for Ciabatta, but I use whatever good bread I can find)
2 slices turkey breast
1 thick slice mozzarella (use fresh if you have it)
2 slices tomato (seeds removed)
5 basil leaves (cut into strips)
salt and pepper

Arrange ingredients on bread.  Brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil.  Grill on a panini press (I just use my little George Foreman grill, and it works great too).


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