Hands-on Time
21 Mins
Total Time
21 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Use this easy sandwich recipe as a template, and customize it to your liking. Use hollowed-out focaccia or ciabatta, or try different herbs and cheese, for example.

How to Make It

Step 1

Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell; reserve torn bread for another use. Spread 2 tablespoons mayonnaise over cut side of each bread half. Sprinkle basil and 1/2 cup cheese on bottom half of loaf. Top evenly with prosciutto, tomato slices, and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with top half of loaf. Cut filled loaf crosswise into 4 equal pieces.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sandwiches to pan. Place a cast-iron or other heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten sandwiches. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until bread is toasted (leave cast-iron skillet on sandwiches while they cook).

Ratings & Reviews

Hobbsgirls's Review

January 22, 2014
Made almost exactly as written but spread mayo and then tore the basil and used sliced fresh mozzarella. My daughter loved it and it was easy to make a vegetarian version. Served with Classic Minestrone from this site and it was an easy winter meal.

Dougboy's Review

January 15, 2014
Hard to go wrong with these combination of ingredients. The only thing this sandwich lacked was a little salt and pepper. I added some on the second go-around and it really made it come alive.

cranichik's Review

January 15, 2014

CookingPhilly's Review

March 06, 2012
I love this easy recipe, even without using fresh mozzarella. It's perfect for nights when I don't have a lot of time to cook.

sprky182's Review

April 28, 2011
Yum! This was very good and very easy.

nevacation's Review

March 08, 2011
I love this panini recipe. I use sliced sourdough bread with it or french. I use sour cream instead of mayo, and cook it in the panini press. Delicious!

veryslowcook's Review

September 11, 2010
Simple, but wonderful flavor, probably mostly due to the prosciutto. The only modification I made was to use pesto in place of mayo and basil.

ToriaB's Review

July 23, 2010
Very good, tasty and quick meal. It's light and satisfying. It's also a solid base recipe for all kinds of variations. I used olive oil instead of mayo, as did some other reviewers,

snoopy66's Review

July 23, 2010
Excellent and easy sandwich. Definitely use fresh mozzarella, which is more moist and creamy than the pre-shredded kind. Skip the mayo and drizzle the bread with olive oil instead for a more authentic flavor.

AimRitchie's Review

July 23, 2010
I LOVE this recipe! It is super easy and you can use whatever you want! We followed the recipe exactly but added some red peppers and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and garlic. It was delicious! I think this would be a great summer meal, something you could make up quickly and its still light. Can't wait to make it again!