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Fresh Mozzarella and Artichoke Melts

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Fresh Mozzarella and Artichoke Panini

Fresh Mozzarella and Artichoke Melts

Jessica Braider
These crispy sandwiches are just the right amount of tangy and creamy for my tastes, and I hope you’ll agree. We made them with the artichoke and red pepper tapenade from Trader Joe’s, but you can use any artichoke tapenade or even puree some marinated artichokes.
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 whole wheat English muffins halves separated
  • 6 Tbsp. artichoke or artichoke and red pepper tapenade
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cut into 6 thick slices
  • 4 oz. baby arugula or spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. softened butter or margarine

Instructions
 

  • Preheat 2 heavy skillets over medium heat and coat them with nonstick cooking spray or a light coating of oil.
  • Meanwhile, spread about 1 Tbsp. tapenade on 6 of the English muffin slices; top each with a slice of cheese, a small handful of greens, and the top of the bread. Brush the outside of each side of the bread with about 1/2 tsp. of soft butter or margarine.
  • Transfer the sandwiches to the hot pans, and cook them for about 3 minutes per side until the outsides are crisp and brown. While they are cooking, press down on the sandwiches with a heavy pot, foil wrapped brick, panini press, or other heavy object to meld the flavors and make the melts thinner. Serve them immediately.

Notes

Do Ahead or Delegate: Slice (and refrigerate) the mozzarella cheese.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top of the cheese in the sandwich.
Tip: If you’re accustomed to sticking to the same type of lettuce every time, expand your repertoire by experimenting with a variety of greens. Each type has a distinct taste and texture. The arugula suggested in this recipe is a light and peppery lettuce often used in Italian cooking. Your kids may be more likely to eat it if you tell them it’s “rocket” lettuce because of its missile-like shape.
Nutritional Information per serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 288, Total Fat 15g, 22.5%, Saturated Fat 4g, 21%, Cholesterol 20mg, 6.5%, Sodium 390mg, 16.5%, Total Carbohydrate 27g, 9% Dietary Fiber 4g, 14.5% Sugar 3g, Protein 13.5g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, Dinner, Fall, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Main Dish, Nut-Free, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
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