Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mozzarella and Olive Tapenade Panini

1 loaf artisanal white bread, sliced thin, slices cut into 3-inch squares
olive tapenade
mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
softened butter

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Ingredients for tapenade:
3 anchovies
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T fresh thyme leaves
1 cup pitted kalamata olives, plus additional as needed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus additional as needed

Preparing the tapenade:
Put anchovies, garlic and thyme in a blender or food processor and puree. Add olives and olive oil, and pulse to a smooth paste. If it is too thin, add more pitted olives. If it is too thick, add more olive oil.

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Preparing the panini:
Spread bread pieces on a work surface. Spread 1/2 tablespoon olive tapenade on half the pieces, then cover with a slice of mozzarella, then cover with the remaining bread slices. Butter both sides of the sandwich and grill in batches in a panini press until browned on both sides. Put on a platter and cover with foil to keep warm until serving.

Makes 4 to 6 paninis


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