Capresi Panini with Pesto

Capresi Panini with Pesto

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Serves

4 people
Capresi Panini with Pesto

Grilling the cut side of the hoagie rolls gives these Panini a marvelous double crispness.  The addition of tangy pesto takes a simple tomato mozzarella sandwich to new flavor heights that will be a guaranteed hit with your family and guests.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 2 tablespoons for brushing on the hoagie rolls
  • 4 hoagie rolls sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 large tomatoes sliced
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella sliced

Preparation

  • 1 Pulse together the basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan. You do not want the blender to get hot and semi cook the pesto so do not leave the blender running; pulse instead.
  • 2 Add the olive oil and continue to pulse blend until smooth.
  • 3 Brush the cut sides of the hoagie rolls with olive oil.
  • 4 In a hot grill pan toast the cut sides until just lightly browned.
  • 5 Spread the pesto on the cut sides of the toasted hoagie rolls.
  • 6 Top with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella.
  • 7 Close the sandwiches and grill on both sides or in a Panini pan until the cheese melts.
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