Oh how I love my panini maker my husband gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago! The other day I was on Pinterest and had pinned a sandwich much like this one. Within hours it had been pinned lots and lots of times. So I searched high and low for a actual recipe but unfortunately nothing came up to go along with the picture I found. So I decided that since I wasn’t the only person intrigued by the picture I took it upon myself to make up a recipe and man was it delicious (and pretty I might add). These don’t need to be made on a panini press and can be made right in the oven, on a skillet, or in a pan whatever is easiest for you!
Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese
yields: 4 sandwiches
1 loaf french bread
2 tomatos (sliced in a little thicker slices)
.75 lb of mozzarella cheese (ask the deli to cut it in thicker slices)
2 Tablespoons pesto sauce (pictured or make your own)
Olive Oil (Trader Joe’s garlic olive oil is my current fav)
salt and pepper
Slice the french bread in 1 inch pieces. Take about a teaspoon of pesto and spread it on the bread. Take slice of cheese and cut it in half if it doesn’t fit on bread. ( I used 1 1/2 slices total all cut in half) Take 3 tomato slices put them on and salt and pepper them. Put sandwich together. Drizzle with olive oil and then place on panini maker (or whatever cooking device you are using) olive oil side down. Once cheese begins to melt drizzle the other side with olive oil and then flip! Once cheese is all melted and the bread begins to look golden brown remove!