I'm a big fan of paninis! I love them for lunch or dinner but seem to eat them more for lunch. I like the lightness of taste and ease of preparation. Here is my favorite panini recipe:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, cracked away from skin
8 slices crusty Italian bread
1 pound smoked fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
8 basil leaves, torn
Heat a grill pan or Panini maker over medium low to medium heat. Heat oil and garlic in a small pot over low heat. Brush 4 slices of the bread with garlic oil on 1 side. Place garlic oil side down on the grill pan or Panini maker. Top with sliced cheese, tomato and basil. Place another slice of bread on top of each sandwich. Brush sandwiches with garlic oil. Press sandwiches with heavy skillet or a brick covered with tin foil if using a grill pan or close top down on Panini maker. Toast sandwiches on both sides to melt cheese.
If you love Paninis and want to invest in a good Panini maker, I highly recommend the Krups Panini Grill. My husband can use it too so he can fix lunch for himself or for the both of us. If you have a favorite panini recipe, please share it with us! Hope to hear from you! Enjoy Life!!!