Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini

Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
A few special ingredients--like freshly baked ciabatta bread or imported Dijon mustard--make a quick, simple sandwich seem like a treat.
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Worthy of a special occasion

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

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Recipe Time

Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 371
Fat 12.5 g
Satfat 6.1 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 20.2 g
Carbohydrate 44.9 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 46 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 976 mg
Calcium 220 mg

Ingredients

1 (16-ounce) loaf ciabatta, cut in half horizontally
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
12 basil leaves
8 ounces sliced 33%-less-sodium cooked deli ham (such as Boar's Head)
2 sweetened hot cherry peppers, sliced
1 large plum tomato, thinly sliced
Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Brush cut side of the bottom bread half with mustard; brush cut side of top half with vinegar. Top bottom half with mozzarella, basil, ham, peppers, and tomato. Top with remaining bread half.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sandwich to pan; top with another heavy skillet. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Cut sandwich into 6 wedges.

Note:

David Bonom,

September 2010
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