caprese panini on colorful plate

Caprese Panini

I’m a panini kind of girl. Give me some gooey mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil, and I’ll be happy for life. Did I say anything about the crunchy, buttery bread toasted to perfection? Ahhhhh. Panini, I love you.

Oh! I almost forgot. There’s balsamic glaze in there. You can actually see it oozing through the tiny holes on the top of the bread. The glaze came from my local grocery store, but I’ve included a recipe if you can’t find any.

There’s nothing difficult about making this beauty. With just 5 ingredients, it will be in your tummy in no time. And it’s reasonably healthy, right? It kinda looks like a salad if you ask me. 🙂

All you need is some ciabatta bread, sliced mozzarella, fresh basil, tomatoes and balsamic glaze. Oh yeah, and butter…to grill the bread. That’s it! Mmmm.

Just drizzle the balsamic glaze on both sides of bread and start layering beginning with cheese, then tomatoes, basil and bread. Melt some butter and spread on both sides. Pop the sandwich into a cast iron skillet, then grill it slowly and turn over half way through.

Caprese Panini is a great sandwich all by itself, but even yummier with a cup of All the Love Potato Soup!

caprese panini on colorful plate

Caprese Panini

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x


Buttery bread forms a perfect crust with melted mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and balsamic glaze. Delicious! 



  • 4 slices thin sourdough bread
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic glaze
  • 8 small slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices small tomatoes (I use Campari)
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter


  1. Spread the inside of 4 slices of bread with balsamic glaze.  
  2. Build sandwiches by adding mozzarella, then tomatoes, then basil leaves to two slices of bread (glazed sides facing in).
  3. Top the sandwiches with the other two slices of bread (plain sides facing out).
  4. Brush tops and bottoms of bread slices with melted butter.
  5. Grill sandwiches in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until crispy and golden brown, turning once during grilling process.
  6. If you wish, you can press the sandwiches with a panini press or heavy pan while cooking. This gives the sandwich a crispier crust.


If you can’t find balsamic glaze in your store, make it by boiling 8 oz. balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup brown sugar together for 20 minutes over medium heat. Let it cool about 10 minutes before using, then store in the frig to use later.

  • Category: Sandwiches

Keywords: caprese, sandwich, panini, mozzarella, tomatoes


  1. That looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!!

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