Caprese Panini


8oz ball fresh Mozzarella
4 slices bread
4 Tbsp pesto
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
4 slices fresh tomato
fresh basil or spinach (optional)


  1. Slice mozzarella ball into 1/4″ thick slices
  2. Spread each slice of bread with 1 Tbsp pesto on one side and 1/2 tbsp butter on the other
  3. Place 2 slices of bread, butter-side-down on a plate. Top with as many mozzarella slices as will fit, then tomato slices, then season with salt and pepper. Add fresh basil and/or spinach and top with remaining bread slices.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sandwiches and cook 1 minute on each side – until cheese is melty and sandwiches are crispy and golden. Makes 2 sandwiches.

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