Mini Caprese Paninis Recipe

A gooey, cheesy, flavorful sandwich makes a great munchie at a party or on any afternoon. Whip up this recipe in a speedy 15 minutes as a quick appetizer for a New Year's Eve bash, or serve it to your kids in the hours before dinner to tide them over.


servings: 16 mini sandwiches

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 5 minutes

total time: 15 minutes


  • 8 slices sturdy white bread
  • ½ cup pesto genovese sauce (I used store-bought)
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper

Mini Caprese Sandwiches - ingredients


Step 1: Place bread slices onto a flat surface. Spread 8 of the slices with pesto sauce.

Mini Caprese Sandwiches - Step 1

Step 2: Evenly distribute mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaves on top of each of the pesto dressed slices. Top each sandwich with remaining slices of bread.

Mini Caprese Sandwiches - Step 2

Step 3: Spray each panini with cooking spray on both sides.

Step 4: Preheat two large skillets over medium heat.

Step 5: Place two panini into each skillet. Use a second heavy skillet to press down the top of the panini to help the sandwiches brown and the cheese melt. Cook panini until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.

Mini Caprese Sandwiches - Step 5

Step 6: Remove panini from skillet. Cut crusts off of panini and cut each into 4 triangles. Serve warm.

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