summer CAPRESE panini

August 07, 2012

summer Caprese Panini.

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summer CAPRESE panini.

Fresh basil, Buffalo mozzarella and vine-ripened tomoatoes....how on earth can you go wrong with a combination like that :).  Because of  my gluten allergy I've cut out most gluten from my diet....but if I make it to the health food store and find a new Gluten Free bread to try or every now and then  if I find a hearty multi-grain bread that has more than just wheat flour in it then I will indulge :). Panini's make for a fast, tasty and super fresh summer meal....I like to serve mine with a side of soup or salad. INGREDIENTS ( 2 sandwiches)
  • 4 slices multi-grain bread
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tomato slices
  • 1 teaspoon. red wine vinegar or your favorite Italian Dressing
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat an electric panini maker according to the instructions or heat griddle on the stove.
  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil. Lay the slices, oiled side down, on a clean work surface. Spread the top of each slice with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise. Place the cheese on one slice and top with the tomato slices. Drizzle with red wine vinegar/ Italian Dressing and season with salt and pepper. Top with the basil leaves, then with the other bread slice, oiled side up.
  3. Place the sandwich on the preheated panini maker (or griddle on stove) and cook until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. For sandwiches made on the stove, after about 2 minutes, make sure to flip and allow to cook on other side for about the same amount of time.
  4. Transfer the sandwich to a cutting board and cut in half. Serve immediately.
ENJOY!
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VEGAN NOTES
  • Replace cheese with a Vegan mozzarella
GLUTEN FREE NOTES
  • If you use gluten-free bread, then it's totally gluten-free!
YOGIC COOKING NOTES
  • Pitta constitutions might want to lessen the amount of tomatoes.
  • Kapha constitutions might want to add some spice (ground jalapeno, red chili flakes, etc) to help digest the cheese.
  • Vata constitutions--enjoy! Skip the salad and serve with soup or something warm.


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