Sunday, June 28, 2009

Red, White & Green Pressed Sandwich with Dry Cured Olives



For me, dry cured olives in this sandwich give a much needed punch of acidity. A sort of wake up call to the mellow mozzarella, tomatoes and bread. I found the olives at my local Co-Op, but am guessing you can find them at some olive bars.

If you can’t find dry cured olives, any favorite good quality olive should work. If you don’t like olives, you could try a drizzle of red wine vinegar instead.

Ingredients
1 baguette
2 balls fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, or any favorite variety, sliced
A couple handfuls of fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup seeded & chopped dry cured Greek Thasos olives (or any favorite olives)
Olive oil, or basil olive oil
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions
1. Heat up a Panini or sandwich press to medium high.

2. Slice the baguette into manageable sandwich size pieces, then cut the pieces down the middle.

3. Drizzle the insides of the bread with olive oil.

4. Top one half with olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if using. Top with the other half of the bread.

5. Press the sandwich until the bread is toasted and the cheese starts to ooze. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

Makes 3 to 4 sandwiches

Recipe by Laura Flowers


18 comments:

girlichef said...

Oh, I'll take it!! It is mouthwatering!

finsmom said...

I really need to get myself a panini press - these sound amazing!

Pink Little Cake said...

Hummmmm, the sandwich looks very yummy!! I love the colors all together.

ButterYum said...

Another keeper!

Marta said...

Lovely panino Laura! I agree that the olives would add much needed acidity amidst all the cheesy goodness!
I'm so hungry right now, that panino is haunting me!

Mary said...

Now there's a sandwich! It looks and sounds wonderful. The colors make me want to stand and salute. Blessings...Mary

EMC said...

That's so weird. I almost bought the thasos olives at the co-op but got kalamata instead. I'll have to pair it with the awesome whole wheat levain I purchased from Artisan Panhandle Bread at the farmer's market!

Esi said...

This looks so incredibly good...and simple. Do you do mail orders? :)

doggybloggy said...

the dry cured olives are whats making me want this sooooo bad!

sherri said...

I love all the ingredients here. Can't wait to try this!

La Table De Nana said...

Oh Laura.. we skipped dinner.. busy and nibbled.. I am craving this right now!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Laura, this looks fabulous! 8:30 AM and you have me craving it. :) Very nice! xo~m.

Elra said...

Scrumptious sandwich! love the dried cured olives in there.

Risa said...

This sandwich looks beautiful! This would be a perfect Saturday lunch.

Chef Fresco said...

This is my first time to your blog - the fresh basil and mozzarella look delicious!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi All,

Thank-you for the comments! I was happy to see you and them!

Welcome to my blog Chef Fresco!

Laura

Jamie said...

This must be the ansolutely single perfect sandwich! Nothing else to say, except....please?

And won't you be surprised the day I show up at your door asking for a meal!

Kevin said...

That is a nice looking sandwich!

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