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.