Total Time
20 Mins
6 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

A few special ingredients--like freshly baked ciabatta bread or imported Dijon mustard--make a quick, simple sandwich seem like a treat.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Quick, easy, and delicious!

November 15, 2015
Wow, we really enjoyed this panini! We are fans of balsamic vinegar and combined with the flavor of the Dijon mustard, peppers, honey smoked ham,etc, this was a hit with the whole family. Immediate requests for more from everyone from the 3 yr old to the 40 year old. This will definitely be added to our Friday night repertoire! Plus, what could be easier?

KristenSt's Review

May 24, 2014

sukeedog's Review

July 13, 2013
Super yummy! We didn't use ciabatta, just grilled the sandwiches on our favorite bread, and they turned out great. The combination of flavors is wonderful. I couldn't find "sweetened" hot cherry peppers, just regular hot cherry peppers - which are HOT. One was enough to go around. I threw the leftovers in wraps to take to work, and those weren't bad either, considering they were missing the hot/melty/crusty element. Also, this appears to be a duplicate of a CL recipe from April 2006. I thought it seemed familiar!

anaorange's Review

June 25, 2013
We thought this was delicious. Fast and easy for a weeknight meal. I used a basil dijon mustard that overpowered the flavors a little. Would probably go a little easier on the mustard next time. Will definitely make again.

KathleenLee's Review

June 21, 2013

daneanp's Review

September 14, 2012
I used my panini press for these sandwiches. I thought they were just ok. I didn't enjoy the mozzarella because it didn't have much flavor. I'd rather use sliced cheddar. I didn't have the hot cherry peppers on hand so I substituted pepperoncini slices. DH liked it more than I did. I've had better panini.

ESmith6's Review

August 21, 2011
Great summer sandwich. This is part of my regular rotation now as it's a great way to use basil from the garden. I use La Brea Bakery ciabatta - sometimes individual rolls, sometimes a single loaf - that has to be baked for 10 minutes before using. I also use a panini press instead of in a pan.

skoc50's Review

August 01, 2011
I thought this was a great sandwich & easy to make. I didn't have any hot cherry peppers so I substitued sauteed yellow pepper strips which I thought was great. The dijon mustard & balsamic vinegar left me with a few mildly pungent bites, but I think I'll fix that next time by mixing them with a little mayo to tone it down just a little. That's just a personal preference. I don't think there's necesarily anthing wrong with the recipe the way it is. I loved the melted mozzarella & fresh basil. That's what made it for me. That and really good ham is a must.

steponme's Review

July 01, 2011
Good week night sandwich on a hot summer day for lunch or dinner, but I wouldn't serve it for a special occasion. Served with low fat/low salt potato chips and iced tea.

nicolecorsi's Review

May 26, 2011
My hubby made this sandwich for me. The basil added a great taste of spring and the peppers gave it a bright sweet hint of flavor. Ate it with chips and a beer, yum yum,