Monday, June 10, 2013

Dorm Room Dinner: Pesto, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Paninis

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I've been on a full-scale panini kick recently.  They are just so easy to make and in the summertime, it is so nice not to have to go near the oven.  It also allows me to sort of use up whatever I have in the fridge or freezer and transform it into a dinner that John and I are excited to eat!  Of course when something like this takes over my life, I can't just let leftovers dictate my panini flavors.

We just had a gourmet grocer open up in our area.  It's not like a Whole Foods, this is just a super upscale Italian market and deli (think $75 / lb Iberico Ham imported directly from Spain).  It's a great place to peruse and get good ideas.  It is not a good place to go when you're hungry or you're with your boyfriend who likes beer.  Nope, that might be a very expensive mistake.

But once I learned my lesson from that, I saw this delicious prosciutto in the counter.  I am such a sucker for a good prosciutto, as you know.  Being Italian, I think certain flavors are in your blood.  The first time you eat them, you think oh yeah, I know this, this is exactly what I wanted.  That's how prosciutto was for me.  I'll pass up ham or salami but prosciutto?  I'll eat it all day long.  To complement the prosciutto, I used some homemade basil pesto and fresh mozzarella.  I don't think John and I talked once while we ate these sandwiches.  Once we were finished, John looked at me and said, "that's a good sandwich". 

Pesto, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Paninis
Serves:  2
4 slices sourdough bread
1/2 cup pesto (storebought or make your own)
4 ounces prosciutto
8 ounces mozzarella
1 tomato, thinly sliced
cooking spray

Spread pesto on 2 slices of bread.  Divide prosciutto, mozzarella, and tomato evenly over these bread slices.  Slather the pesto on the remaining bread slice and close the sandwich.  Spray the sandwich with cooking spray.  Using a panini press, griddle, or grill, toast the bread evenly, pressing down, for about 2-3 minutes per side (or until the bread is browned).  Cut in half and serve immediately.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. Oh yeah, these look incredible! I love prosciutto too! This is a great idea for a panini and this is going on my must-try list!

  2. I love prosciutto too but I won't touch regular ham! I don't even think of prosciutto as being ham. I'm so weird. LOVE this panini! I have a panini maker I only used once! I'm inspired to dust it off.

  3. My oh my, I love prosciutto and when you add cheese and bread...well, I'm sold! This looks just delicious. A perfect weeknight meal at my house! Thank you for sharing!


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