Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

I had leftover tapenade to use up as well as some French bread so I decided to make a panini. I added a bit of mozzarella and some tomato slices and this sandwich ended up being AMAZING. I loved the salty tapenade with the crisp bread and the gooey cheese. It was simple, quick (literally took 5 minutes), and so delicious. I am excited to say that I still have some tapenade and French bread left… guess what I’ll be having for lunch tomorrow!

Make the tapenade.

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Place a little bit of mozzarella on top of one slice of bread.  Add the tapenade to the top of the cheese followed by the tomato slices and a little more cheese.  Place the other piece of bread on top.

Place into your panini pan (or grill pan).  Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Side Note:  I always cook my paninis dry.  I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy.  Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!

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Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

Yield: 1

Cook Time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

2 slices of French bread
Mozzarella cheese, to taste
2 tbsp tapenade (see recipe link above)
2 slices of tomato

Directions:

Make the tapenade.

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Place a little bit of mozzarella on top of one slice of bread. Add the tapenade to the top of the cheese followed by the tomato slices and a little more cheese. Place the other piece of bread on top and place into your panini pan (or grill pan). Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Side Note: I always cook my paninis dry. I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy. Try it - I bet you will like it and it's way better for you!

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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18 Responses to “Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini”

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    The Duo Dishes — September 27, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    Fresh mozzarella is really a treat. It has such a great, melty quality. Sounds great!

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    Kim in MD — September 27, 2012 @ 4:19 am

    YUM! What a great way to use up your leftover tapenade. I agree with you about dry toasting paninis. I dry toast grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadilas, too. They are just as crispy, with much less grease!

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — September 27, 2012 @ 5:24 am

    Looks delicious, Pam. I love a good grilled sandwich and agree with you about the oil.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — September 27, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    What a yummy use of leftovers! And I love your tip on the oil and butter.. I have found the same thing!

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    Mary — September 27, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    This panini sounds fantastic. I’m off to check out that tapenade recipe now. Thanks!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — September 27, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    A great looking sandwich and so was your pasta with the tapenade.

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    Anne — September 27, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    Hi Pam, I nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.
    http://unihomemaker.com/2012/09/27/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/
    All the best,
    Anne

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — September 27, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Nothing like panini! Yours looks amazing!

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    leyla — September 27, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    this is making my mouth water!!! i can’t wait to make the olive tapenade!

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    teresa — September 27, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    it’s high time i pull out the old press, i need to make this, i LOVE olives on anything.

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    gloria — September 27, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    I love paninis Pam I think look really perfect and delicious!

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    Blond Duck — September 27, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    I love olive tapenade. I’d rather make it than by it– it was $4!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 27, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Delicious panini! Gotta make some olive tapenade myself!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 27, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    That tapanede looks amazing, and I bet it tastes even better in a sandwich!

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    Lia — September 28, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    What a fantastic suggestion for my lunch!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Rhonda — September 29, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    Now THIS my husband would love!!

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    Chris — September 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Kind of like vegetarian muffalettas, I love these!
    I have to have at least a little butter on my panini. Not too much, but at least a little!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 30, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Yum, this panini looks delicious.

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