Panini with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

1/2 cup prepared vinaigrette
1 loaf (16 ounces) Italian bread, cut in half lengthwise
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in 12 slices
8 ounces thinly sliced oven-roasted deli turkey
12 to 16 fresh whole basil leaves
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (optional)
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  1. Preheat indoor grill. Spoon vinaigrette evenly over both cut sides of bread.
  2. Arrange cheese evenly over bottom half of bread; top with turkey, basil, tomato and onion. Sprinkle evenly with red pepper flakes. Cover with top half of bread and press down firmly. Cut crosswise into 4 sandwiches.
  3. Place sandwiches on grill (family-size grill will cook two sandwiches at a time); close lid and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese melts.
  4. Place on serving platter and cover lightly with foil. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
This recipe appears in: Italian

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