Monday, August 26, 2013
Anyway, one of the guys I'm talking about above has a lake house in CT that he visits weekly with his kids and wife. When we're not talking about work, we talk a lot about food (if you haven't noticed, that's a passion of mine) and tequila (which is a passion of his). Two weeks ago, he called me on Friday and said that he had a ton of tomatoes he expected to be ripe at his house and would I want some? Silly question.
We're talking about gorgeous heirloom tomatoes - yellows and purples and deep reds. Who would turn those down? The bag I ended up getting would have cost us easily $20 at Whole Foods. Ah, the joys of friendship. I prepared all weekend for the Monday morning drop-off of tomatoes. In fact, I planned our whole week's meal plan around it - these paninis were perfect for Monday - the day that both John and I work probably a little too late and are always a little too hungry by the time we get home.
1/2 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons shallots, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
4 slices sourdough bread
2 large tomatoes,thinly sliced
6 basil leaves
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
Preheat your panini maker (or we use the George Foreman - or you can use a skillet, just make sure you have another skillet to press down on).
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add oil, shallots, and garlic. Cook 60-90 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Then, add balsamic vinegar. Cook 8-12 minutes, until vinegar is reduced to 4 tablespoons; as it cools it will get syrupy.
Brush the vinegar mixture onto all 4 slices of bread. Layer tomatoes on 2 of the slices. Top the tomatoes with basil leaves and then mozzarella. Place the other slice of bread vinegar-side down. Cook the paninis 5-8 minutes, until cheese is melty and bread is golden brown. Serve immediately.
Until the next time my oven is on...
Welcome! I'm Dani (aka the Growing Foodie), just a girl balancing her career and passion for all things edible in NYC. I hope you'll join me in my adventures in life, through food. (Click for More)
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