My friend Andrea pointed out this weekend that the key to a great sandwich is the bread.
Also, welcome ham, mozzarella, basil, plum tomatoes and balsamic vinegar to the party. They made this.
I picked up a copy of “Cooking Light” the other day at the grocery store and basically now want to make everything in the magazine. But for tonight, it was simply the Mozzarella, Ham and Basil Panini, slight adapted. Delicious.
Ingredients: Ciabatta bread, sliced ham, mozzarella, basil, plum tomatoes and balsamic vinegar
Directions: Cut slice of ciabatta bread then split it to create a top and bottom piece. Brush balsamic vinegar on top slice of bread and then assemble the sandwich. Spray frying pan with non stick cooking spray and grill the sandwich for about three minutes on each side.
Goes well with: A light salad, a soup (roasted red pepper anyone?) and applesauce. It’s like having a Panera in your house!
It was incredibly delicious and incredibly filling. I probably should have cut my sandwich in half and had a salad with it, but I just wanted the bread. So good.
One flaw though. You know when you make grilled cheese and you inevitably burn it? That was sort of what happened with this sandwich. I cooked it a bit too long on each side because I wanted the cheese to melt. That didn’t happen, but it did soften up a bit. I just had to scrape off the bread a bit at the end because it was just a tiny bit burned. Not enough to affect the taste, but enough so that it didn’t look pretty.