August 7th, 2011

Caprese Panini

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It’s that time of year where my garden is producing an abundance of basil and tomatoes, and these Caprese Panini sandwiches are one of my favorite ways to use them.

Caprese Panini
This recipe is so versatile–try adding some roasted red peppers, or replacing the fresh basil with some pesto. I also like to add some chopped garlic. The fresh mozzarella is definitely a must though! These sandwiches are a great, quick and easy option for Meatless Monday, but if you’d like something a little more hearty, throw in some grilled chicken breast.  And you can really use any kind of bread you have available. Don’t worry, you don’t need a Panini press to make these. Just press the sandwiches between two frying pans, or simply grill them up like you would a grilled cheese sandwich. I really love this light, quick summer meal full of fresh ingredients! Dinner doesn’t get much faster or easier than this.

Caprese Panini

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwiches, grilled panini-style.


  • 8 slices of foccacia bread or other flatbread, split (or 4 crusty rolls)
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Drizzle bread slices with olive oil.
  2. On four slices, place equal amounts of sliced tomato, sliced mozzarella and basil.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with remaining bread slices to form a sandwich.
  4. Grill sandwiches in a panini press (or in between two frying pans) until bread is golden and cheese is melted.
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Who Dished It Up First: I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with this idea, but it’s a sandwich I’ve always made when my garden starts producing an abundance of tomatoes.



  1. This looks delicious and it’s vegetarian too, which makes me oh so happy 🙂

  2. Every time I hear caprese I think of that Office episode where some guy sold Michael a caprese salad and told him it was weed. LoL.

    This panini looks sooo good. Basil and tomatoes are in abundance right now so this recipe is perfect!

    I’m hungry. Do you deliver? 😉

  3. This looks so fresh and yummy!

  4. Yum! They look delicious and refreshing.

    The apple of my eye.

  5. Delicious!!

  6. I love Panini’s! All of your recipes look so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Our tomatoes are just about to start coming in, so this is a great go-to. Wish I had a panini press, though! Tasty! ~ Courtney

  8. Our tomatoes are just about to start coming in, so this is a great go-to. Wish I had a panini press, though! Tasty! ~ Courtney

  9. This looks delicious! I too have soo many tomatoes from my garden and am always looking for new ways to use them! So thank you!

  10. You had me at caprese! This looks like my kind of meal 😀

  11. YUM! I had a margherita pizza a couple days ago that was so good I could have eaten the whole thing by myself and this looks equally delicious! So good.


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