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Caprese Panini Recipe and Ideas for a Spring Menu

Caprese Panini Recipe and Ideas for a Spring Menu
Caprese Panini Recipe and Ideas for a Spring Menu

Is there anything better for a quick spring dinner than Caprese Panini?  The gooey melted cheese, rich pesto and combination of fresh and sun dried tomatoes gives  each bite a sweet tang of flavor.

Spring days are so busy at my house, getting the yard in order.  There’s planting to do, weeding and basic clean up, so after a long day in the yard, the last thing I want is to cook a cumbersome dinner.  I find that a grilled sandwich with a small salad really hits the spot. 

Basil Pesto for Caprese Panini Recipe

My Caprese Panini recipe uses fresh homemade Pesto, but you could buy prepared pesto to make it even easier. 

When making homemade pesto, I like to use walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts.  I always have walnuts on hand, and they give the pesto a rich warm flavor!

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Delicious Caprese Panini Recipe and Ideas for a Spring Menu

Caprese Panini

1 loaf French bread sliced in about ¾ inch slices

6 slices provolone cheese or fresh mozzarella

½ cup sun dried tomatoes drained and chopped

2 large tomatoes sliced thin and drained

1/3 cup fresh basil pesto

Olive oil

Brush grill pan with olive oil and turn burner to medium heat.   Make sandwiches by spreading a generous amount of pesto on every other slice of bread. Sprinkle pesto with sundried tomatoes.  Add cheese and fresh tomato slices and top with additional bread slice to create a sandwich.  Place sandwiches on grill with a panini press on top; grill each side for about 2 minutes until golden brown.

Fresh pesto for Caprese Panini Recipe and Ideas for a Spring Menu

Basil Pesto

1 ½ cups fresh basil compacted

2 garlic cloves

½ cup walnuts

1/3 cup parmesan cheese grated

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon sea salt

Place basil, garlic, walnuts, salt in food processor, pulse until smooth, add parmesan, olive oil and process until mixed well.

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One Reply to “Caprese Panini Recipe and Ideas for a Spring Menu”

  1. […] I rely on my small food processor so much. I use it to make dips and spreads, to chop nuts, make butter compounds but my favorite use this time of year, is for making pesto. I love the fresh flavor of pesto, made with basil right out of the garden, it adds so much flavor to foods like my Caprese Panini. […]

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Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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