Grilled Tomato and Bocconcini Sandwich

March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

When one of my friends bought their first home, I gave them a panini grill as a housewarming gift. My bachelor friend who works from home, likes to make quick easy meals for lunch and the panini grill has proven to be the perfect companion. Whenever I go over I like to make this bocconcini and tomato sandwich which is inspired by the Caprese sandwich from Pane e Formaggio Cafe and Coco et Olive Cafe in Vancouver. The lightness of the bocconcini and tomato is nicely complimented with the sweet and tart flavour of the balsamic reduction. The basil takes the palate to a whole new level making this sandwich truly a work of art.

Cooking Time 15 minutes
Makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients:
2 slices of sourdough bread
olive oil (optional)
salt (optional)
bocconcini sliced
tomato sliced
basil
balsamic reduction

Method:
1. Preheat your Panini grill.

2. Brush olive oil on the inside of the bread and lightly sprinkle with salt. Place the bocconcini, tomato and basil on the bread.

3.  Close the sandwich and brush olive oil on the outside of the bread (optional). Place on the Panini grill and cook for  5-6 minutes or as recommended for your grill. If you don’t have a grill, you can use a frying pan instead. Heat your pan on medium-low heat and place the sandwich in the middle and cover. After 2-3 minutes flip the sandwich and cook for another minute or so.

4. Pull the sandwich out of the grill when the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Place on a cutting board and cut in half. Open the sandwich and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.

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