Sandwich math is a real thing.
It’s that perfect balance of crunchy exterior or texture + gooey cheese + bright herby freshness + salty/deep developed flavor = so much mouth happiness and dancing in my seat. (Not to be confused with dancing in the street.)
And when a sandwich mathematician does it right, it’ll blow your mind more than Newton staring at the darn apple.
As sandwiches go, paninis are off the pi charts INCREDIBLE!!
Squashed bread is definitely not cool on trips home from the grocery store but somehow with searing heat and fresh-picked fillings the world gets turned on its head.
This particular panini has my first Italian love – a caprese salad. A few slices of warmly sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and peppery basil with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar gets amped up by roasting the tomatoes and really bringing out that sweet, caramelized depth of tomato love.
I simply cannot tell you how good these tomatoes are, just by themselves. I could seriously put all of these caramelized tomato bites away in about 1 minute with only a smear of tomato evidence on my face to hide from the hubs.
The magic of this equation is completed with a basil pesto. Heaven knows we can’t just use plain ole basil when there’s a pesto to be made!
The pesto adds the crowning zip and richness to the sandwich with all of the garlic, pine nuts and parmigiano reggiano cheese.
Who says a sandwich needs mayo??
And with that class is OVER. So run to the farmer’s market before your drool gets outta hand. 🙂