Panini are pressed sandwiches served in Italy. A small appliance called a panini press is available in stores, but a heavy skillet placed on the sandwiches as they cook works just as well. You can even weigh down a lighter skillet with a brick wrapped in foil, a sack of flour, or canned goods.
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Divide tomato slices evenly among 4 bread slices; sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese evenly over tomatoes. Arrange basil leaves evenly over cheese, and top with remaining 4 bread slices. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over top of each sandwich, and coat with cooking spray.
Place a grill pan or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place sandwiches, oil sides down, in pan. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over top of each sandwich, and coat with cooking spray. Place a piece of foil over sandwiches in pan; place a heavy skillet on top of foil to press sandwiches. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn sandwiches over; replace foil and heavy skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
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