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Think you can’t make Panini without a panini maker? Caprese se puede! Yes you can make a panino without a panini maker! Delicious on bite one…
UPDATE: Learn how to make a Grilled Pressed Sandwich — without a panini press with this handy video. Get the C Rock Sammie Recipe here.
Ingredients for Caprese Se Puede Panini:
Amounts are to taste, depending on bread size.
fresh basil leaves
ripe tomatoes (Roma; just make sure they’re fresh!)
fresh mozzarella cheese
fresh garlic (about 1/2 clove extra finely minced per sandwich)
balsamic vinegar (about 1/2 tablespoon per sandwich)
black pepper (optional)
Sí se puede!
A soft bread or roll is great (and very squash-able!) . You can also use sliced sourdough or French baguette. Whatever you like.
Slice tomato. Use tomatoes that are at the peak of freshness for this recipe.
Slice fresh mozzarella. Often called Buffalo Mozzarella and packaged in liquid.
Mince garlic to a fine paste. If you have a Microplane, it will come in handy. You can also sprinkle a little coarse salt over minced garlic to create a paste. Chiffonade basil. Take a few leaves, roll and slice.
In a bowl combine minced garlic, chopped basil and balsamic vinegar. Why? Adding the minced garlic and chopped basil not only gives the balsamic something to cling to, so it doesn’t seep directly into the bread, it enhances the flavor.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but…
On one half of bread layer mozzarella.
Add a layer of tomato.
Spoon balsamic mixture over tomatoes.
Tear basil leaves and distribute over top of tomatoes. Mmmmmm!
Layer with more mozzarella slices.
Replace bread (roll top or panini bread). And…
Yes, you can make a panini without a panini grill!
Preheat your panini grill (LOL), grill pan, grill or skillet until medium-hot. You want melting action, not burning action, so don’t fire it up!
Press and grill until crisp and melted. Use a little saucepan with handles on either side so you can press evenly ;)
Grill until cheese is melted and bread is crisped to desired crispiness. Make it like you want it!
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