Vegetable Panini Sandwich


Ingredients:

• 15 - 20 basil leaves
• 5 - 6 spinach leaves
• 3 - 4 garlic cloves
• 4 - 5 walnuts
• 3 tsp parmesan cheese
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Crushed black pepper as required
• Salt to taste
• 4 pita bread
• 5 - 6 sundried tomatoes
• Grated mozzarella cheese as required
• 1 tsp butter
• 1 tsp oil to pan sear

For Filling :
• 2 tomatoes
• Ό cup red bell pepper juliennes
• 1 tbsp grated mozzarella cheese
• Ό cup onion slices
• 1 tsp jalapenos
• Crushed black pepper as required
• 1 tsp olive oil
• Salt to taste
•5 - 6 basil leaves

For Garnish:
• Red bell peppers sauce as required

Procedure:
• To make the pesto sauce; in a blender add basil leaves, spinach leaves, garlic cloves, walnuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, crushed black pepper and salt and blend.
• To make the filling; in a bowl add a little of the prepared pesto sauce. Cut the tomatoes and add it to the bowl. Add the red bell pepper juliennes, grated mozzarella cheese, onion slices, jalapenos, crushed black pepper, olive oil, salt and basil leaves and mix. Let it marinate for 3 - 5 minutes.
• Cut the pita bread from the center. Apply pesto sauce on the base and add the sundried tomatoes. Add the filling, grated mozzarella cheese and a bit of the pesto sauce. Cover with the top part of the pita bread.
• Add butter and oil in a grill pan and pan sear the Panini sandwich from both sides.
• Add the red bell pepper sauce and pesto sauce on a plate and place the Panini sandwich on it and serve.

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