After all the wonderful rich dips and foods I ate during the Super Bowl seemed like a good Monday to do an easy meatless lunch. So I decided to pay homage to a wonderful panini She Who Must Obeyed and I ate in Paris. My Easy Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella Panini is based on the memory, and whether I captured the dish exactly doesn’t matter as my version is easy to make and tastes great!
recipe serves one – so do the math for as many as you need.
2 slices sourdough bread.
6 fresh basil leaves.
4 thin slices of tomato.
3 or 4 thin slices of mozzarella.
If you do not have a panini grill simply cook the sandwich as you would grilled cheese.
Place a a couple dabs of butter one slice of bread. On the other slice of bread spread some mayonnaise and then dijon mustard. To the mayo and dijon mustard layer the tomato slices, and then whole (stemmed) basil leaves, and then the cheese.
Place buttered slice of bread on top, with butter side up, to complete construction of the sandwich.
Heat panini grill or fry pan.
Place sandwich butter sided down on panini grill or fry pan. Add butter to top unbuttered bread. Gently press the grill shut and cook until you get a nice golden color on the bread.
Plate some fruit or chips with the Easy Basil, Tomato and Mozzaral Panini and enjoy!
While Sue and I were in Paris for our anniversary, we would walk through a section of the city to get to the River Seine river boat launch area. The boats, serving the function of a river bus, were the perfect way to get from one must see location to the next.
Of course on our first try we missed the boat and had some time to look around while waiting for another boat to arrive. We spied a panini food cart parked on the walkway and noting the large line of customers concluded we should try whatever they were making. And, what they were making was a basil, tomato, cheese panini.
As our sandwich was being cooked to order, Sue and I waited on concrete bench style seating and took in the sights. Finally Sue’s name was called. Then, while seated on the concrete bench seats overlooking the Seine, we shared the most wonderful panini sandwich either of us could remember.
Was it the beautiful scenery, or the company of my beautiful Sue sitting with me by the Seine that made the quick lunch so memorable? The sandwich was pretty darn good, but the view with Sue in it made the memory.
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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