½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 slices crusty Italian bread (about 1″ thick) Sourdough and Ciabatta both work great
¼ cup thick marinara sauce
4 ounces sliced part-skim mozzarella or provolone cheese
Thinly sliced pepperoni (optional)
Thinly sliced vegetables such as mushrooms or peppers (optional)
1. Preheat grill and panini press on the grill
2. Brush each slice of bread with olive oil. Place one crust on work surface, oiled side down. Top with sauce, spreading to within ½” of edges. Arrange cheese slices over sauce, add pepperoni and/or vegetables, if using. Top with second slice of bread, oiled side up.
3. Place Panini press on top of Panini, and apply light pressure to handle for about 20-30 seconds. Let sit for 3-4 minute, or until cheese is melted and crust is crispy.
4. Remove Panini from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut in half on the diagonal and serve warm.
Makes 2 Panini’s