Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ham, Cheese and Tomato Panini with Garlic Pesto Mayo

Tip:  Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients: (per panini)
1 Hoagie bun
4 slices, provolone cheese
1/4 cup, large colossal black olives, sliced
3 slices, ripe tomato, thinly sliced
4, thin slices ham
1/4 cup, arugula leafs

Garlic Pesto Mayonaise 
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pesto
1 large garlic glove, finely minced

Prepare the garlic pesto mayonnaise spread by mixing the mayonnaise, pesto and garlic in a bowl thoroughly.  Set aside.

Preheat a stovetop panini grill, or preheat an electric panini grill according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Slice the hoagie buns lengthwise.  For each sandwich, place bottom bread slice, side down, on a work surface, spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of the garlic pesto mayonnaise on bottom and top slice.  Layer with 2 cheese slices, then 4 slices of ham, then 3 tomato slices, then a layer of sliced black olives, then 1 layer of arugula leafs, then add another 2 cheese slices, Top with the remaining bread slice.

Place the sandwich in the grill, or panini pan and close the top plate, or place in the sauté pan or grill pan and press down firmly with a flat, heavy pot lid.

Cook the sandwich, turning once at the halfway point if using a stovetop pan, until the bread is golden and toasted and the cheese has melted, about 5 - 8 minutes total.  Turn the panini pan over if using panini pan.  Keep checking to make sure your heat is NOT to high and over browning the bread to fast.

Cut the sandwiches in half and serve immediately.  Enjoy!!!!