Grilled Fresh Mozzarella Cheese with Basil Pesto

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 slices of country white bread
Basil pesto, recipe follows
8 slices of homemade mozzarella, sliced in 3” rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

To assemble sandwich, smear insides of bread slices with pesto. Arrange a layer of mozzarella slices over the top and then place another piece of bread on top to make the sandwich. In a large skillet, over medium heat add olive oil and place sandwiches on the hot skillet. If using a skillet, place another heavy skillet over the top to form a “press”. Turn after 2 to 3 minutes and replace weight. The sandwich is ready when golden brown and mozzarella has melted around the edges.

Basil Pesto

Makes 1 ½ cups pesto

Ingredients

4 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2-3 cups fresh basil leaves
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
â…” cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt/pepper

Directions

Mix all ingredients with a hand held mixer or food processor until smooth.

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