Saturday, March 12, 2011

A recipe ends with a note.

Today's post is short and sweet and most might appreciate that. I have a tiny break before finishing off the evening with the chillin's  so I'll shoot this quick goodness, along with a note, out your way.

Grilled veggie panini with
basil mayo and balsamic syrup

The process

Grilled Veggie Panini with
Basil Mayo and balsamic syrup

1 ciabatta roll
1/2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1 small portobello mushroom, sliced lengthwise
1/4 yellow pepper sliced thin (about 5 slices)
1 slice red onion
2 slices tomato
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
olive oil
salt and pepper
Balsamic vinegar 

For Basil Mayo
2 Tb quality mayo
2 Tb fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper


Heat a grill pan (or a George Foreman Grill) to a medium high. Drizzle olive oil on veggies and season with salt and pepper; place on preheated grill and cook just until tender and you notice grill marks. Remove and set aside. Toast ciabatta on grill about 2 minutes per side. 

Meanwhile, combine mayo, basil and a little salt and pepper in small dish; Mix and set aside.

To layer sandwich, place a slice of mozz cheese on each bread half, spread basil mayo over the top and layer veggies. Before finishing with tomatoes, drizzle a little balsamic syrup over the top. Top with tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Serves 1


Let me end this post by saying that my heart is heavy for anyone affected by the tsunami in Japan. The sheer despair and loss of this tragedy is unfathomable. If able, please consider any amount of donation to World Vision Tsunami Relief. World vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities world wide. Most important though are your prayers for comfort and reprieve in this deplorable time. 

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard their hearts; And may his right hand sustain them. (Philippians 4:7-Psalm 18:35)


  1. Your panini looks amazing - everything is better with a drizzle of balsamic. Thank you also for acknowledging the people of Japan and the terrible tragedy they have experienced. We were very lucky here to to have very little damage from the tsunami that followed the earthquake. I made a donation this morning to the Red Cross, and I encourage anyone who is able to donate something, of any amount, as well. Every little bit will help.

  2. MMm! 10 years ago I would never have thought a panini without meat would be good. Today I would prefer it over anything with meat. The mushrooms are particularly appealing!
    A very nice note about the tsunami... a girlfriend of mine is from Japan and is very familiar with all the damaged areas. Her family is still there and she heard from them last night, all is well. She is still waiting to hear from some friends right near the epicenter though and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

  3. @Kim KellyMy thoughts and prayers as well Kim.

  4. Another fantastic looking meal my cupcake!

  5. WhataSandwich!!! Holy deliciousness Batman!

  6. I LOVE panini and this one looks just scrumptious...!

  7. I could eat this everyday..looks amazing Ang..

  8. Wow that looks so amazing! I love the mayo and the balsamic, what a great combo

  9. Ang,
    This looks incredible!!! I am thinking the next meeting for the farmwive's this must accompany us:) Pretty please:)
    And my prayers and heart our with them.

  10. Now THAT is a sandwich. Looks fantastic! Very sweet note at the end, I think we are all thinking of those affected.

  11. That sandwich looks amazing! I get something very similar in wrap form from a deli near my work.

  12. Your ciabatta looks so delicious. It sure does make me wish I had a George Foreman grill!

  13. You had me hooked at basil!!
    I absolutely love ciabatta and this sandwich combination definitely speaks to me!!
    I had no idea that you and Amy were friends..hee hee. Thank you so much for letting me know that she enjoyed the slow cooker pork chops. I've been putting these recipes out there not knowing if anyone has tried anything. Warms my heart to know someone tried it and actually liked it as much as I
    SO thank you for that.
    I have been praying fiercely for the people of Japan. So hard to even comprehend the devastation over there...

  14. I love this dish, particularly the drizzle of balsamic and the basil mayo! I will never be able to eat a regularl veggie sandwich again :)

  15. Oh, I love your sandwich! If I could only get the rest of the family to accept a vegetarian entree...I'll just have to make one for myself and let them continue their carnivore existence.

    Yes, let's hope the world joins together to help repair the devastation in Japan...I just can't imagine their losses...