Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Panini Italian Style

The basis of a Panino is a choice of meet + a choice of cheese. The most popular cheese in Italy is fresh mozzarella, although in the north Fontina is also widely used (it looks like american cheese).

For today's lunch I chose two very simple but delicious combination.

-Prosciutto Cotto e Mozzarella (Ham and mozzarella)
-Pomodoro, Mozzarella e Basilico (Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil

I hope I don't need to teach anyone how to make a sandwich, but here are some tips that might make your panino even better:

1. Cut your roll in half down the middle and slightly toast it. Pour a little bit of extra virgin olive oil inside instead of using mayo.

2. Cut the mozzarella in medium size slices, try to get the tomatoes to be the same size.

3. If you feel like going the extra mile, for the ham sandwich let the mozzarella melt a little in the toaster oven. Don't do it with the fresh tomatoes. There's nothing I hate more then lukewarm tomatoes.

4. Season the Tomatoes and Mozzarella one with olive oil and salt, it really doesn't need anything else if you're using fresh ingredients!



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