The other morning, I was at Harmons picking up some groceries. Racks of just baked Artisan breads were sitting on cooling racks. I took a loaf, along withe some fresh mozzarella (do you know Harmons makes their own fresh mozzarella every day?) to make my favorite summer lunch. A few snips off of my basil plant, a couple of fresh tomatoes and I was in business.
Even Jake declared this “legit”, and wanted one more instead of a grilled ham and cheese.
He may end up having good taste in food, after all.
- Artisan Bread, sliced, or Ciabatta bread
- olive oil
- sliced tomatoes
- fresh mozzarella
- fresh basil
- fresh ground pepper
- coarse salt
- Brush one side of two slices of bread with olive oil.
- top with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and sliced fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired. Sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper, and salt.
- Place on grill, gently close pan, and grill just until cheese begins to melt.
- enjoy immediately or at room temperature.
-If you don't have a Paninipress, heat up a pan over medium to medium high heat. Grill the sandwich, just as you would a grilled cheese. then turn gently to the other side. You may press down the pan with another heavy pan to make a more compact sandwich. Lots of people like to use a cast iron pan to grill or weigh down the sandwich. You may also toast the bread and broil the sandwich lightly.-Sometimes, I like to drizzle a little balsamic just before grilling.