Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Remember the homemade classic pesto recipe I shared with you not too long ago? If you missed that recipe by any chance, no worry, just click here and you’ve got yourself covered. Why? Because today’s recipe involved some of that yummy homemade pesto. Of course, you can buy store bought pesto. But why? When you can make Pesto that is a lot more delicious, with no preservative and costs just half the price, or less? Did I mention that you can get the pesto done in less than 15 minutes too? Oh yeah. Now, I think you’ve got no reason not to make your own.
This post and recipe is part of the “Lunch for One” series. As I promise to share with you quick and easy "Lunch for One" ideas form time to time. If you haven’t done so, check out the other "Lunch for One" recipes as well after this post. But today, let’s focus on this Panini with Pesto, Tomato and Brie! As the weather is cooling off, I enjoy a hot sandwich a lot better than just a plate of salad. Who doesn’t like gooey melted cheese and juicy tomatoes in between two slices of crispy and golden brown bread? Plus, you can simply put anything in these awesome sandwiches that fit your mood, or whatever you need to clean out from the fridge. I happened to have brie and some salami in the fridge so that’s what I used. You can skip the salami and make it vegetarian or put deli sliced ham or prosciutto to create that salty-meaty bite.
It’s super easy to make too, come follow me to the kitchen! If you don’t have a Panini grill, no biggie, you can still make these on the stove top with a grill pan or non-stick frying pan. Here’s the pictorial.
1) Heat the Panini grill to medium-high heat. My Panini grill have the red and green light to signal me when the grill pan is ready at the temperature I set.
2) While the Panini grill is pre-heating, work on the ingredients. I brush the outside of my sliced bread with extra virgin olive oil. That adds nice flavor as well as helps the breads to get golden brown and crispy.
3) Flip the bread over and spread some pesto on the inside of the sliced bread.
4) Top with a thin slices of brie cheese on both sides.
5) Top with sliced tomatoes on one side of the bread and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6) Top with a few slices of salami, or meat of your choice.
7) Cover with the other slice of bread.
8) Place the sandwich on the Panini grill at an angle and close the cover. Grill until golden brown and crispy on the outside and cheese is melted and bubbly inside.
I simply cut my Panini diagonally into 4 triangles. With a side salad, it’s enough to serve two for a light lunch. Or, eat the whole sandwich yourself and don’t share. It’s that good! Hope you enjoy today’s recipe and lunch idea. Until next time. Take care and enjoy the cool weather.
Panini with Pesto, Tomato and Brie:
Serving: 1 Sandwich
2 sliced of bread, 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick, any kind that you like
2 teaspoon of pesto
4 thinly slices of brie cheese
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
a few slices of salami, or meat of choice.
Preheat the Panini grill to medium-high heat. While the Panini grill is pre-heating, work on the ingredients.
Brush the outside of the sliced bread with extra virgin olive oil. Flip the bread over and spread the pesto on the inside of the sliced bread.
Top with brie cheese on both sides. Then, place sliced tomatoes on one side and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with a few slices of salami, cover with the other slice of bread.
Place the sandwich on the Panini grill at an angle and close the cover. Grill until golden brown and crispy on the outside and cheese is melted and bubbly inside. Enjoy.