Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Roasted Parmesan Tomato Panini

Roasted Parmesan Tomatoes are an ideal side dish to accompany beef, chicken and fish. Super easy to prepare and taking only 15 minutes to bake you can have a fresh side dish any time of the year! But one of my favorite Panini uses Baked Parmesan Tomatoes as the main ingredient! Juicy and flavorful, this panini will please even your hungriest teenager!
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:)
Is your mouth watering yet????
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......


  1. What a delicious sandwich...beautiful and perfect for prime tomato season!

  2. Thanks ever so much Lori! Do bring a big stack of paper napkins to the table; juicy and so worth the drips! Let me know when you try them!

  3. Love the flavors of this sandwich and the photo is beautiful!!!!

  4. Great Flavor Combination!! So Delicious...YUMMY :-)