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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 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 285 kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


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.
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Calories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 14gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 537mgPotassium: 219mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 978IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 376mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, Dinner, Fall, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Main Dish, Nut-Free, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
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