Mozzarella & Ham Panini


Sink your teeth into a delicious Mozzarella & Prosciutto Panini! Crispy ciabatta bread envelops layers of salty prosciutto, creamy mozzarella, roasted red pepper and fragrant basil. A drizzle of olive oil adds the finishing touch to this Italian-inspired sandwich.


  • 1 (12-ounce) loaf of French bread, cut in half horizontally
  • ΒΌ cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup (4 oz) grated fresh mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • cooking spray


Slice the top and bottom halves of the French bread, leaving a 1/2-inch thick crust; save the sliced bread for another use.

Spread 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise on the cut side of each loaf.

Sprinkle the basil and 1/2 cup cheese over the bottom half of the bread.

Spread evenly with prosciutto, tomato slices and the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.

Cover with the top half of the loaf.

Cut the filled loaf crosswise into 4 equal pieces.

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Coat the pan with spray.

Place the sandwiches on the pan. Place a cast-iron or other heavy pan on top of the sandwiches and press down gently to flatten them.

Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until toasted (leave the cast-iron skillet on the sandwiches while they cook).

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