When it comes to sandwiches — or anything, really — it's hard to go wrong with melted cheese and tomato. Add a few leaves of fresh arugula and chicken cooked to moist perfection on an outdoor grill, and you've got a hot sandwich that showcases the best flavors of the warm months.
I enjoyed this melted panini on a recent weekend away with friends, where the house we rented handily had a panini maker. Better yet, it had a charcoal grill (which I do not have), so I got the rare treat of a sandwich made with chicken grilled fresh over charcoal. Even on a hot day, the juicy meat combined with fresh seasonal tomatoes tasted deliciously like Summer. However, if you don't own a grill or a panini maker, you can still make this whole sammie on the stove, so to get the recipe, read more.
Original recipe Ingredients 2 round loaves (boules) of Italian bread Directions Makes 6 sandwiches.
Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini
3 chicken breasts
salt and pepper, to taste
2 medium roma tomatoes, sliced into 12 thin rounds
2 cups arugula
1 8-oz. log of regular (not fresh) mozzarella cheese, sliced into 12 thin rounds
Butter to taste
2 round loaves (boules) of Italian bread
Makes 6 sandwiches.