Sunday, February 21, 2010
There are few things better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold, rainy day. I while ago I caught and episode of Tyler's Ultimate on Food Network. I don't usually watch him, but he was making the perfect meal for a rainy day. He made these delicious looking mozzarella grilled cheese with tomato and pesto. I had to try them.
I had never made my own pesto before, but his looked easy and very doable. I toasted the pine nuts in a pan on the stove. I actually forgot about them and they burned. Once you can smell them I'd say you've toasted them too long. I made the pesto in a mini attachment to my immersion blender, before I got my food processor. It worked fine because you're not making very much. I found some great sourdough bread at Trader Joe's, and good substantial bread will do. And then I assembled them up and grilled them on my Cuisinart Griddler, such a great little appliance. I paired the sandwiches up with some broiled vegetables, obviously soup would be a good choice too. Quick, easy, and a great twist on the classic grilled cheese.
Mozzarella and Tomato Grilled Cheese Recipe
Since making this recipe we've expanded out grilled cheese/panini making to include all sorts of meats, different cheeses, grilled onions, sundried tomatoes. The list goes on. If you think it's going to be good, it probably will be. And if you don't like straight pesto, we've been making a pesto mayo with about two parts pesto and one part mayo. Let the creative panini juices flow.