This probably one of most favorite sandwiches one the entire planet? I basically grew up on grilled cheese sandwiches so this was no exception . I always think of a “Panini” as like a grow up “Gourmet” version of a grilled cheese sandwich. Yummy cheesy and “Oh” SOO satisfying .. Ohhhhh Yeahhh.
1 focaccia loaf cut and sliced into fourths.
1/3 bundle of both Parsley and Basil ripped and torn from stems.
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano
1/4 olive oil
2 large tomatoes sliced
8 slices of fresh mozzarella
Salt and pepper.
Toast pine nuts in a 350 oven for 7 mins ( just until you can smell them) remove and set aside.
In a food processor, add parsley, basil, garlic, parm,nuts, salt and pepper and start pulsing the mixture. Drizzle in some olive oil till pesto becomes thick. ( I like a thick pesto sauce so I usually only add about 3 to 4 drizzles about 1/4 cup) remove pesto and set aside.
Next, preheat a indoor grill pan in med heat.
On a cutting board cut mozzarella and each tomato into 8 slices. Grab focaccia and cut in half. Brush both sides of focaccia with olive oil. Smear your pesto sauce on the bottom and top half and add your sliced tomatoes and mozzarella to the bottom half like you were topping a pizza and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Place the top half back on and add to your preheated grill pan. Take a plate and place it on top of your panini and 2 HEAVY cans of whatever can goods you have lying in the pantry and place them on top of your plate. Cook panini for about 5 mins on the bottom and flip and do the exact same thing for the top ( plate and cans as well)
Once golden brown on both sides remove and cut into 4 pieces and serve.
Cooking time: approx 12 mins
Serves 4 peeps