I used to make these sandwiches sooooo long ago. To be honest I usually go on recipe binges. Like, I’ll create a new recipe and then I totally get hooked and basically make it a ridiculous number of times until I cannot stand the sight of it anymore. I think that’s the reason I totally forgot about sharing this recipe with you guys! However, now that I made it and remembered why I liked it so much, I’ll probably be making it a bazillion more times and go back into my never ending cycle of recipe binges.
ANYWAY. I call this a “panini” but as you notice from the photos…I didn’t grill it or put it in a panini press but I really did mean to. Basically as I was photographing this, I was tired and I honestly just wanted to eat it. True story. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t even need to be pressed or grilled. It tastes damn good just the way it is.
Where to Find Ciabatta Bread:
Costco & Trader Joe’s have some great options, but if you don’t have one near you check out a local bakery or the loose rolls section of your grocery store. If they don’t have ciabatta ask someone in the bakery for a similar bread.
Basil Walnut Pesto
I use walnuts but you could also use different nuts like pine nuts or pistachios. You can increase the spice by adding a jalapeño as well!
-If you can, try to use ciabatta bread!! I grabbed loose ciabatta rolls from the bakery section of my supermarket. My second choice would be a foccacia or sourdough loaf.
-Add any other veggies like mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, red peppers
– Add cheese! Some goat cheese or fresh mozzarella would be yummy!
-Want to make it healthier? Skip the bread! Make a warm veggie bowl with just the filling, topped with the basil pesto and a drizzle of balsamic!
-Entertaining guests? I’ve presented the eggplant and spinach filling on crostini that’s spread with the basil pesto and drizzled with balsamic- its a bite size flavor bomb!
As always, if you have questions about this recipe comment below and I’ll get back to you quickly! Happy Eating!