Every once in a while I like to treat myself to lunch at Panera Bread. I will order up a scrumptious sandwich made with their own homemade bread teamed with one of their savory soups , or one of their signature salads. Yum! For a lot of us, money is tight and eating out has taken a back seat to eating in. I discovered The Panera Bread Cookbook at the public library and now I can have Panera whenever the mood strikes me. If you are adventurous, why not try the recipe I included below.
Goat Cheese, Tomato, and Thai Basil Panini
1 Tablespoon salted butter
4 slices Country White Bread (the recipe is in the cookbook) or brioche
3 Tablespoons goat cheese (see note)
10 Thai basil leaves (see note)
1 large Roma tomato, cored and cut into 8 slices width-wise
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Spread the butter on one side of each slice of bread and flip slices over so ingredients can be placed on the inside. Evenly spread the goat cheese over the unbuttered side of bread and distribute basil leaves and tomato on 2 slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with a second slice of bread and grill in a press until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Cut the sandwich in half and serve immediately. A George Forman grill works great.
Note – for substitutions :
Thai Basil – common sweet
Goat Cheese – cream cheese or farmer’s cheese.