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Fast & Easy Dinner: Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini

Fast & Easy Dinner: Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini

I like to use basil, summer's most luscious and fragrant herb, as I would a salad green. In sandwiches, I substitute it for lettuce for a delicious, yet distinct flavor. Tonight I propose to use it in a melted, gooey panini: a warm, pressed sandwich. Ready in minutes, this light, simple dinner is scrumptious when paired with a crisp pickle and chilled glass of Rose. The recipe calls for healthy pre-sliced packaged ham, but I'm going to splurge on some thinly sliced Italian prosciutto. You know you're drooling over the picture at left, so look at the recipe and make it tonight, just

Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
From Cooking Light magazine

1 (16-ounce) loaf ciabatta, cut in half horizontally
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
12 basil leaves
8 ounces sliced 33%-less-sodium cooked deli ham (such as Healthy Choice)
2 sweetened hot cherry peppers, sliced
1 large plum tomato, thinly sliced
Cooking spray

  1. Brush cut side of the bottom bread half with mustard; brush cut side of top half with vinegar.
  2. Top bottom half with mozzarella, basil, ham, peppers, and tomato. Top with remaining bread half.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
  4. Add sandwich to pan; top with another heavy skillet. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden.
  5. Cut sandwich into 6 wedges.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 371(30% from fat); FAT 12.5g (sat 6.1g,mono 5g,poly 0.6g); PROTEIN 20.2g; CHOLESTEROL 46mg; CALCIUM 220mg; SODIUM 976mg; FIBER 1.8g; IRON 3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 44.9g

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beleza beleza 9 years
I love paninis. they are delish
SU3 SU3 9 years
mmm.. looks awesome! :feedme:
saffy1227 saffy1227 9 years
Andres Andres 9 years
Those paninis are all great, but not for dinner. White bread has a lot of carbs which are okay to eat in bigger amounts until 3-4 o' clock. Good ingredients for panini are racket and salsa too, but basil is a must for everything :P
rainonme224 rainonme224 9 years
i think i'd swap out the ham for a different meat, i don't really care for ham. this does look super yummy though!
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
Basil is good.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
This looks sooo good! I'd add a dab of Ken's Honey Mustard to it for some sweetness. :)
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
I'd skip the tomato just cuz I don't like them and this would be PERFECTION! Basil is my favorite thing in my kitchen. I have 3 basil plants. I put it in everything!
iwillkeepdreamin iwillkeepdreamin 9 years
It looks good!!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
inthewrong: take a look at the recipe, you can make it without a panini grill!
Miss-K-Smith Miss-K-Smith 9 years
mmmm i wanna eat this now toO!!! maybe i should make it for dinner tonight!
em1282 em1282 9 years
I love paninis! And prosciutto. Pretty much everything on this panini. :)
inthewrong inthewrong 9 years
If only I had a Panini press!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
kettle chips are always good!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Lala, they look like kettle chips.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Basil! Yum.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
p.s. what are those chips on the plate? they look different than regular chips
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
want to eat this now!!!
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