Are you looking for a dish that has a gourmet touch but doesn’t require a lot of fuss to make? A Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella Panini is the perfect solution. Serve it with fresh fruit and nonfat yogurt for a wholesome meal.
Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella Panini*
- 2 slices of whole wheat bread
- 2 slices of tomato
- 3 fresh basil leaves
- 3 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
- Balsamic vinegar (enough for basting)
- Garlic-infused olive oil** (enough for basting)
- No-salt season blend (your favorite)
Place slices of tomato on one slice of bread. Baste the tomato slices lightly with balsamic vinegar. Next, layer the mozzarella cheese slices on top of the tomatoes. Lightly baste with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with no-salt season blend to taste. Place the fresh basil leaves on top of the mozzarella cheese slices. Lightly baste basil with the balsamic vinegar. Place second slice of bread on top. Baste top slice of bread with garlic-infused olive oil. Place sandwich on preheated panini press (use temperature recommended by manufacturer) with oil-basted side down. Before closing the lid of the panini press, baste the other slice of bread with the garlic-infused olive oil. Lower lid and cook for 5 minutes or until the top is golden and the cheese melted. Serve with fresh apple slices, blueberries, and yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon.
*Note: If you do not have a panini press/grill, the sandwich can be cooked in a skillet or a toaster oven.
**To make your own garlic-infused olive oil for this sandwich, crush one clove of garlic into approximately 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix. Let it stand while assembling the sandwich. Then use to baste.