Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Good Olive Oil Caprese Panini






If you're like me and Food Network is one of your favorite channels, then you've probably heard Ina Garten say "good olive oil" and wished she would just say the name. Well, according to her cookbook, Olio Santo is her top choice. Luckily for me, I had a gift card and decided to splurge on the $28 bottle of oil. While I'm not sure it's worth it without a gift card, the flavor is a lot smoother, more pronounced and less bitter than the typical oil I buy. Plus, it makes for a darn good panini. Just don't store it in your liquor cabinet or else a friend might mistake it for white wine (yes, this actually happened).

Good Olive Oil Caprese Panini
Recipe by Snacktive

Ingredients

1 baguette (I used sourdough but also love ciabatta)

1 roma tomato, sliced

4 fresh basil leaves (bonus points if you grow it yourself)

1 hunk fresh mozzarella (or however much you prefer), sliced

2 teaspoons good olive oil

1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Directions

Brush the baguette with the good olive oil on all sides

Put the tomato slices, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella on one side of the baguette

Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic

Put on the top of the baguette, place it on a panini maker, and press

Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. mmmmm - I made caprese salads with dinner last night. but my olive oil did not cost $28 a bottle. in fact, i substituted the olive oil with a balsamic reduction from Italy.

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  2. sounds delicious!!! 28 bucks i hope it was tasty!

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  3. Oh my goodness...that sounds amazing. Drizzle a little extra oil on it for me because my student budget definitely can't handle that price tag! :)

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  4. So pretty looking! I'm going to make that this weekend :)

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  5. Mmmm! I love Food Channel. It's better than Porn. The sandwich looks great.

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  6. you would love to live in Europe, we have a great choice of oils, I´d say they are the best and so cheap (comparing how much it costs in the US)

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  7. this sandwich looks amazing! i need to find some fresh tomatoes and a great olive oil.

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  8. Yum, I love any combination of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, especially if it involves crusty bread! Honestly, I buy cheap olive oil, but someday... someday... I hope to afford the good stuff.

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  9. Oh, yum. That looks sooo good. And I think the price of the olive oil might be worth it if it tastes like what you say!!

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  10. That is some good olive oil! This LOOKS DELICIOUS!!!!

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  11. Mmmmm~ that looks delicious!)

    XO,
    Yelena

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