Keeping up the summer spirits high here is another one to add to the list. This being one of my favorites. Was introduced to Panini with my visits to Panera Bread. I happened to fall in love with almost all vegetarian food sold there :). Panini has an Italian origin and is typically made using a Ciabatta or a Rosetta bread. However, I tried making it using tandoori naan flatbread. Aroma and flavor of basil pesto along with roasted peppers & onions make it a wonderful treat. Try and it out and leave me your comments.
Ingredients: (the following measures will make 3 servings. Adjust the quantities to make the desired amount)
3 Tandoori Naan Flat breads
1/2 cup green pepper (cut length wise)
1/2 cup yellow pepper (cut length wise)
1/2 cup red pepper (cut length wise)
1/2 cup orange pepper (cut length wise)
1/2 cup onion (cut length wise)
Oil (to roast the veggies)
Basil pesto (to spread on the flat breads. To make this grind together fresh basil leaves (1/2 cup), pine nuts (handful), olive oil (2 – 3 tbsp and salt to taste)
salt to taste
black pepper powder/red chillies flakes to taste
grated parmesan cheese
butter (to apply on the flat breads)
- Cut the flatbread into two halves.
- Roast the non flat side a little, so that its light brown.
- Apply some butter on the other sides of the flat breads. (the sides that you will roast in a Panini Press or a hot pan)
- In a pan add some oil and roast the veggies. Once the veggies are roasted add in salt according to taste.
- Apply basil pesto on both the non flat halves.
- Place the veggies and some grated parmesan cheese.
- Sprinkle some black pepper powder or red chillies flakes.
- Place this on a hot Panini press or flat pan. In the Panini press, remove the Panini as soon as you hear the sizzling sound. The time would vary from one type of Panini press to other. So use your judgement. If using the flat pan, press it using a flat spoon, and once roasted on one side turn it over and repeat the process for the other side.
- Enjoy it while its hot.