I had mentioned about my love for the panini at panera bread. I had to try making it at home. I had mentioned in the above mentioned post that I had frozen 1/3rd of the dough. So, yesterday night for dinner, I made these paninis. Since the bread was just out of oven, these were crispy and very very tasty. I think I will make this often now. This is not exactly same as panera bread version, but was definitely very good.
Small loaf of bread(any bread will do)
Few tomato slices
Sun dried tomato pesto :
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 tea spn freshly chopped garlic
1/4 tea spn chilli flakes
1/2 tea spn dried basil
Grind the pesto ingredients (do not add water, if necessary, add olive oil).
Cut the loaf horizontally. Spread the pesto on one side.
Keep fresh tomato slice on it. Then spread mozzerella cheese.
Cover with the second half.
Grill it in panini press or on a normal grill(Keep the bread on grill and keep a heavy weight on top) till it gets marks from both sides.
PS: Fresh basil works better than dried one in this. If you can find it, add the chopped leaves to panini instead of including it in pesto.
For melting the cheese faster, broil it in oven for few minutes and then grill.
The quantity of all the ingredients is not mentioned as it is a mix and match dish.