This Easy Caprese Panini Recipe Will Make You Buy That Panini Press by 30Seconds Food

This Easy Caprese Panini Recipe Will Make You Buy That Panini Press

Didn't think you needed a panini press until you read this caprese panini sandwich recipe, right? Well, you can make this easy panini recipe without it, but think how much fun you'll have with it.

This amazing vegetarian panini sandwich recipe is a tasty lunch or light dinner. Serve with extra pesto for dipping!

Cuisine: Italian 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 4 slices crusty bread or flatbread
  • 2 - 3 tablespoon pesto (try this easy pesto recipe)
  • 4 thick slices mozzarella (you can use fresh mozzarella)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil

Here's how to make it:

  1. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Top two pieces of the bread with some pesto, 1 slice of mozzarella, some tomato slices and basil leaves. Put the remaining mozzarella slices on top of the basil leaves. Place the other two slices of bread on top, creating two sandwiches. 
  2. Heat a panini press, skillet or grill pan. If using a panini press, close and cook until browned and crisp. If using a skillet or grill pan, put the sandwiches into the skillet, push down with a spatula and cook until browned. Flip and cook the other side, pushing down with a spatula. (You could also use a brick that's been wrapped in aluminum foil to weigh down the sandwiches.) 
  3. Remove the sandwiches, cut in half and serve with additional pesto, if desired.

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Donna John
I love paninis and pesto and basil and mozzarella. Think I found a recipe for the basil I'm growing. Yum!
Gwen Johnson
Sometimes I'll drizzle some balsamic in the filling before grilling.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
OMG, this looks so good. Yep, I need a panini press now, haha!

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