Saturday, April 2, 2011

Caprese Panini



Spring is here! And Spring means spring cleaning, which doesn't just happen in my closets, it happens in my fridge too. And as much as I love the rich comforts of soups, chilis and casseroles, I am ready for clean, light, colorful food, just like the season.



One of my very favorite warm weather dishes is the Caprese salad. Sweet tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and aromatic basil, it's to die for! I'll eat it in any form, including in a melty panini, which is exactly what I did. Recently Foodbuzz sent me a sample loaf of Natures Pride Whole Wheat Bread with Flax. The bread is wonderful, nutty and wholesome, which was exactly what was needed for a good sandwich. It's such a bright, and fresh sandwich with nothing but clean beautiful ingredients. I could eat this every day, especially when the weather is nice, the Diet Coke is cold, and there is a good book waiting for me!



Caprese Panini

Ingredients for one sandwich

2 slices Natures Pride Whole Wheat Bread with Flax (or preferred bread)
1-2 tomatoes sliced
4 large basil leaves
3-4 slices fresh mozzarella (be sure it's fresh, it's just better)
salt and pepper

Directions

Assemble sandwich with cheese in center to hold it all together, season to taste. Press in panini press, or on skillet with a weight to hold it down. Enjoy!

23 comments:

Erica said...

AWESOME! This is one of my most favorite sandwiches. And I agree- this bread knocked my socks off. Hope you're having a good weekend!!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Sandwich looks delicious! I went to a cooking show today. I am going to try all the recipes that were made and then talk about them in my blog....Comfort Food! My husband is looking forward to these dishes, bisquits and sausage gravy, Juicy Lucy burgers, Rosemary roasted pork loin, dressing and braised red cabbage, oh and hungarian goulash!!!

ARLENE said...

A favorite panini of mine as well, I'm always on the lookout for breads that stand up well to the panini press. This looks like one.

Joanne said...

Caprese salad definitely tastes like summer to me. And the only thing better than cheese. Is melted cheese. This sounds delicious!

Kim said...

Hey there. I was just reading about your camera problem. Does this mean you got a new one? I hope so!

Love the caprese panini. Looks like the perfect lunch!

Kim said...

Okay, never mind. I just read the post below and I'm so happy for you! I say break out the Happy Birthday plate and enjoy all the cookies you want.

Glad you don't have to take a break. I'd miss you!

Chris said...

Colorful and tasty looking! Nice job, Teresa.

MaryBeth said...

Fabulous looking sammie...we also got a sample of this bread from Foodbuzz, it made some amazing toast!

Liz said...

The perfect sandwich to welcome warmer weather!

girlichef said...

Speaking of Sandwich Love!!! Looks awesome...hurry up warm weather ;) A caprese salad w/ basil & tomatoes straight from my garden w/ homemade mozz...ahhhh...heaven!

Bo said...

I love a good panini...and I also love the flavors of a caprese salad...Simple great light meal.

Katie Mar said...

YUM!!
super healthy and delicious.
so excited for summer!! :) spring cleaning sucks, though!

Shelby said...

Looks yummy! I just saw something similar in a magazine and was thinking how yummy and hope to make it next week when I'm alone and I don't have to hear "sandwiches for dinner?" lol.

Barbara said...

One of my favorites, Teresa! I make it often. It's also my favorite salad, so it could only be made better with some super healthy bread and smushed and melted in a panini maker!

Val said...

TRIPLE YES!!!! Caprese LOVE!!

Barbara Bakes said...

It looks fabulous. I really need to get a panini press.

Merut said...

OMG! I love caprese salads and caprese sandwiches. I can't wait until my garden starts producing tomatoes (as in July) and I can really enjoy an amazing caprese sandwich. Looks delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love paninis!

Pam said...

I wish I was having this for lunch today... YUM!

Kimberly said...

Yum! I really wish I had a panini grill right about now!!!

mybizzykitchen.com said...

Not a huge fan of tomatoes, but I love basil and mozzarella together - yum!!

I am so ready for spring!!

Natalie said...

you just can't go wrong with this flavor combo--ever! definitely going to try this!!

Niki said...

What an awesome and yummy looking sandwich.