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Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

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!

Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

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.

Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

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!

Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

 

Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

Tapenade, Mozzarella, and Tomato Panini

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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!
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18 Comments

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

  2. Kim in MD says:

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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!