Mozzarella, Raspberry, and Brown Sugar Panini

 Recipe

Yield:

Makes 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 panini)

Nutritional Information

Calories 269
Fat 14 g
Satfat 5 g
Monofat 7 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrate 29 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 23 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 188 mg
Calcium 41 mg

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices bakery-style white bread
1/2 cup raspberry jam
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and patted dry
Salt (optional)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Preparation

1. Preheat panini press or grill pan.

2. Using a pastry brush, brush oil on both sides of bread. Spread jam evenly over 1 side of each slice of bread; sprinkle with rosemary. Cut mozzarella into 8 slices; place 2 slices of cheese on each of 4 bread slices. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over cheese, if desired; top with remaining 4 slices of bread, jam side down. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar.

3. Grill panini in a panini press until cheese has melted and bread is golden and crispy (about 3 minutes). If you do not have a panini press or indoor grill, use a ridged grill pan: Put sandwiches in pan (in batches, if necessary); place a weight, such as a brick wrapped in aluminum foil or a heavy cast-iron skillet, on top to press them down. Brown the first side (about 2-3 minutes), flip the sandwich, replace the weight, and brown the other side (about 2-3 minutes) to finish melting the cheese. Cut paninis in half; serve.

Note:

Adapted from Giada at Home by Giada De Laurentiis.

December 2010
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