My mom actually came up with the idea to make these Italian Paninis, and I love them! I just made one minor change, and it really made a huge difference! So I thought I'd share the recipe.
Here's all the ingredients you will need:
First thing you need to do is make pesto. This is where I've varied from my mother's recipe. She buys pre-made pesto from the grocery store, which is totally fine and also tasty. But, we couldn't find any in our grocery store, so I decided to make my own. And it was actually a BIG difference in flavour, for not a lot of extra effort. Totally worth it, in my book.
1.5 cups fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
6 Tablespoons (or 3/8 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup pine nuts
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and mix, mix, mix until smooth.
- Cut the tomatoes, bread, and mozzarella into slices...to desired thickness.
- Melt the butter.
- Spread a layer of pesto onto the inside of two slices of bread.
- Place a layer of tomatoes on top of the pesto (on one slice of bread only).
- Place a layer of mozzarella cheese slices on top of the tomatoes. I personally like to make this layer pretty thick, because I love me some cheese.
- Put the other slice of bread on top, pesto side in.
- Brush butter on the outside of the sandwich.
- Stick the sandwich in the panini press, close the lid, and let it cook until the cheese is soft and gooey.
TIP: Brush butter on one slice first, then place that side down on the panini press, and butter the other slice. It's a lot less messy that way.
Once the cheese is melty and the bread is a nice golden brown, your panini is ready to be devoured. Try not to drool in anticipation. Then dig in and enjoy!