Food Friday Featuring: Panino alla Margherita

Sandwiches are traditional lunch fare, but sometimes two pieces of bread with the usual fillings can get quite boring. Bring on the Paninis! With its crispy crunchy exterior and warm gooey insides, panini sandwiches put a little bit of heaven back into lunchtime.

Today’s Food Friday comes courtesy of the always amazing Giada De Laurentiis and Food Network.

2 slices (1/2-inch-thick; about 2 ounces) fresh mozzarella
2 slices (1/2-inch-thick) rustic white bread
2 slices (1/4-inch-thick) tomato
6 medium fresh basil leaves or 3 large
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons (about) olive oil

Place the mozzarella atop 1 bread slice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the tomato slices and then the basil leaves. Top with the second bread slice. Brush both sides of the sandwich with the oil.

Heat a grill pan over medium-low heat. Grill the sandwich until the bread is golden brown and the cheese melts, pressing down with a metal spatula or grill press, about 4 minutes per side.

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