Pesto: My Part-Time Lover & A Giveaway!

By Jul 27, 2011July 9th, 2014588 Comments

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Ever since I saw Tyler Florence make these on the Food Network, I’ve had a mini obsession.

basil pesto

Grilled mozzarella and pesto sandwiches.

Who thought that grilled cheese could get any better?

Making homemade pesto is easier than you think too! (I now do it at least once a week!)

pesto sandwich

I made these baguette size for a party I threw last week and they were a hit. Be careful though, they are highly addictive!

What’s not to love? Stringy mozzarella sandwiched between two pieces of crisp-tender bread and a dollop of fragrant pesto!

Grilled Mozzarella Pesto Sandwich

4 slices of thick cut sourdough bread
1 ball of fresh mozzarella
1 cup of fresh basil pesto (recipe follows)
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

Basil Pesto

1/2 C pine nuts
2 C fresh basil leaves
1 C fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 fresh Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves
1/4 t salt
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined, but still rough textured. Set a large skillet over medium heat. Assemble sandwiches by smearing insides of bread slices with pesto. Arrange a layer of sliced mozzarella and then place another piece of bread with the pesto side down on top. Drizzle olive oil over the skillets surface and place the sandwiches on the hot skillet. Place another heavy skillet on top of the bread slices to squish them down and form a “press”. Turn after 2 or 3 minutes. The sandwich is ready with it is golden brown and the mozzarella has melted around the edges.

pesto sandwich

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About Emily Louise

Emily is a apron-wearing, camera-wielding, mother and pilots wife who has found her niche in discovering a reason to celebrate every day and enjoying the simple things life has to offer.