I'm so excited to share this family favorite with all of you not only because it's such a winning dish but I am also entering a blogger contest because "I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas!" which kind of makes this a double win:)
Here is the recipe; I do hope you enjoy this true Tuscan delight!!!
· 4 ripe tomatoes cut in half
· ¼ cup grated Parmesan
· ¼ cup bread crumbs
· 1 tablespoon oregano
· ¼ teaspoon salt
· 1/8 teaspoon pepper
· 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
· 1 baguette or 5 grain Italian bread
· ¼ cup mayonnaise
· 3 tablespoons country mustard
· 8 ounces mozzarella slices
· 4 lettuce leaves
· ¼ cup chopped black olives
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Mix together cheese, bread crumbs, oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil.
Spoon mixture onto tomato halves.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Cut bread into 4 segments and then slice in half lengthwise.
Mix together mayonnaise and mustard and spread onto bread.
Add mozzarella slices and lettuce to sandwich bottoms and top with tomatoes and black olives. Place the top bread slice on the tomatoes and press down lightly. At this point you can light grill both sides or serve as is. My family never can wait long enough for them to be grilled...so I guess that tell you something about how much they love these panini!
Serve with lots of napkins!
Here is a video demonstrating just how easy it is to transport your taste buds to Tuscany......