Italian grilled cheese

By Vijaya Selvaraju
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup basil leaves (or parsley, chervil, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan (or Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano, etc.)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon almonds (or walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, etc)
  • Italian Bread cut into 5 centimeter slices (or any crusty bread)
  • Thinly sliced mozzarella (or any other melting cheese like provolone, havarti, monterey jack, etc)
  • Ripe tomatoes, cut into rounds
  • Arugula
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine basil, olive oil, parmesan, garlic, almonds, and a pinch of salt in a blender to create pesto. Blend until smooth.
  2. Brush olive oil lightly on one side of each slice of bread. Spread pesto on the opposite side of both slices.
  3. Layer sliced mozzarella on one side of bread, covering the entire surface. Top with tomatoes, and season with a sprinkling of salt. Lastly, add arugula, and top with other slice of bread.
  4. Place in a hot Indoor grill/panini press/pan and cook for three to four minutes, or until bread is golden and toasted, and the cheese has melted. Enjoy! :)

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