Wednesday, November 7, 2012

burrata + kalamata olive panini

mmmm... i think i could eat this sandwich every single day. this isn't really a recipe, it's just pretty much all of my favorite things piled together. the key here is using really good ingredients; it's worth it!

burrata is an italian cheese. the outer shell is fresh mozzarella, while the inner portion is a mixture mozzarella and cream - making it soft, fluffy, creamy, amazing. oh my goodness. if you can't find burrata, fresh mozzarella is a good substitute for this sandwich; but if you can find it, you must get it. end of story.

this is the kind of dinner i make myself when i'm home alone - miles usually always needs some kind of meat involved with dinner. :) if you want to add meat, grilled chicken or prosciutto would be delicious! 

no measurements here - it'll depend on the size of your bread, how many you're making, etc.

here's what you'll need:
ciabatta bread
kalamata olive tapenade (i had some from the market, but here is a good recipe if you want to go homemade!)
sundried tomato pesto (same as above - here's an awesome recipe!!)
freshly ground pepper

slice ciabatta bread to desired sandwich size, then cut down the center to create 2 slices. spread tapenade on one slice and pesto on the other. layer slices of burrata and pile some arugula on top. sprinkle with pepper and lay the slice with the tapenade on top.

grill in a pan on stove top on both sides or use a panini press until the bread is lightly toasted and the cheese is just beginning to melt. pour a glass of wine, cut the sandwich down the center, and dinner is served. HEAVEN!

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