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