Caprese Panini Sandwich

Caprese Panini cooked on a grill requires a little bit of technique but once you get it, cooking perfectly melted and toasted sandwiches is possible. #bushcooking #panini #sandwich #caprese
This recipe is for brand affiliate Grillgrates

Possibly considered a bit fancy for a camping trip, this panini is surprisingly easy and tasty to make while outdoors. Mozzarella, tomato, and basil are a classic and delicious combination. 

The instructions for this version use a grill grate then places an upside-down skillet on top of the sandwich. The skillet lid helps to keep the heat on the sandwich to melt the cheese.

The biggest trick to success with this recipe is temperature control. Heat is needed that gives the cheese time to melt without burning the roll, thus a moderately low temperature.

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A skillet is pressing down a sheet pan on top of two caprese sandwiches on a grill over coals.
You can use the skillet to trap the heat to melt the cheese or use it as a press on the sandwiches.
A grilled caprese panini on the grill, with the mozzarella cheese oozing out the sides.
Mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil are a classic and tasty combination.
A skillet being lifted from a grilled caprese panini on a grill.
The skillet helps to trap heat around the sandwich, helping to melt the cheese.

Caprese Panini Sandwich Recipe

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This recipe is for brand affiliate Grillgrates.
Caprese Panini cooked on a grill requires a little bit of technique but once you get it, cooking perfectly melted and toasted sandwiches is possible. #bushcooking #panini #sandwich #caprese
Possibly considered a bit fancy for camping this Grilled Caprese Panini is surprisingly easy and tasty to make while outdoors.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Ready in 15 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
CourseLunch
InfluenceItaly
DifficultySeasoned
MethodGrill
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Ingredients

  • 1 Ciabatta roll
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 sprig basil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar reduced if available

Equipment

Directions

  • Preheat the grill and GrillGrates to a moderate low temperature, about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Cut the Ciabatta rolls in half and open up.
  • Layer with the sliced tomato, mozzarella cheese, basil, and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. If you have reduced balsamic vinegar this can work better as it is thicker and less likely to make the roll go soggy.
  • Close the sandwich then place it on the preheated GrillGrates. Place an upside-down skillet over the top to keep the heat focused on the panini.
  • After about 5 minutes, or when the roll has brown grill marks on it, remove the skillet, turn the panini, then replace the skillet to finish the cooking, about 5 more minutes.
  • Halve and serve immediately while the cheese is still gooey.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 637mgCalcium: 303mgVitamin C: 17mgVitamin A: 1513IUSugar: 5gFiber: 2gPotassium: 346mgCholesterol: 45mgCalories: 325kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 8gFat: 13gProtein: 18gCarbohydrates: 33gIron: 1mg

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