You can easily shave thin slices of cheese in a snap using an inexpensive kitchen tool: a vegetable peeler. This is a perfect technique for many hard cheeses like Gruyère.
1 (8.5-ounce) jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
12 pitted kalamata olives
2 garlic cloves
8 (1-ounce) slices multigrain bread
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices large tomato
2 ounces Gruyère cheese, shaved
How to Make It
Remove 4 sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tablespoons oil from jar. Reserve remaining tomatoes and oil for another use. Set 1 tablespoon oil aside. Combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, olives, and garlic in a mini food processor; process until mostly smooth, scraping sides of bowl once.
Brush one side of each bread slice with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons olive mixture on each of 4 bread slices, oil side down. Top each bread slice with 1 tablespoon cheese, 2 tomato slices, and 1/2 ounce Gruyère. Top each with remaining 4 bread slices, oil side up.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sandwiches to pan. Place a cast-iron or other heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten sandwiches (leave cast-iron skillet on sandwiches while they cook). Cook 2 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and bread is toasted.
These were unique and tasty, especially with garden fresh tomatoes. My panini press makes brushing the oil on the outside of the bread unnecessary. The whole family loved these and wants them again. Next time, I'll make a double batch of the tapenade and save some to try with other sandwiches. We served these with baked fries and sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Quick and easy!
Absolutely amazing! I made it according to recipe the first time, but now I use the sun dried tomato spread ( in the tomato-peso section) and use havarti cheese since it was cheaper, plus whatever totato is in season ( I used uglyripe last time). Such a comfort food!
Really good...I would question that this makes enough for 4 whole sandwiches but it's still worth making. I served half-sandwiches alongside CL Quick Avgolemono, Chicken and Orzo Soup for supper. My only alteration was to use fresh asiago as I didn't have Gruyere on hand, but I've made it with Gruyere and would recommend either. I think it would be good without the tomato but it does add a juiciness to cut the intensity of the other ingredients. Overall a delicious vegetarian sandwich to keep on the rotation.
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