World, meet my the sandwich that got me through April and May 2013.

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

I don’t know why this recipe hasn’t been posted until now, but P- and I LIVED off of it in May when we didn’t have a fridge or stove, enjoyed it on picnic lunches, and still eat it now….it’s that good.

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

Because when you can’t be creative on the stovetop, or store a bunch of fresh vegetables in the fridge, you need to use what you can grab piece-by-piece at the grocery store.

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

Comfort food is, of course, subjective, but my happy place goes bonkers for a giant sandwich.

And pasta…

And a plate full of pie…

But I digress.

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

The key to this sandwich is quality ingredients. A nice grainy ciabatta loaf, sliced mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, sundried tomatoes, a sprinkle of grated fresh Romano, AND crumbled soft goats cheese. Don’t skimp on the cheeses. The cheeses are awesome.

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

But the big winner for this sandwich is in the homemade lemony pepper mayo. I’m not joshing with you guys, I’m totally serious. It’s the best sandwich topper in the whole wide Katrina-filled world (whatever the heck that means).

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Have a fabulous weekend everyone! I’m going to a wedding 🙂

Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

Yield: 2 sandwiches


    Lemony Pepper Mayo:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese (Parmesan is good too)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Panini Fixings:
  • 2/3 whole grain ciabatta loaf
  • 2 tbsp lemony pepper mayo
  • a few slices of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 4-8 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • a sprinkle of fresh Romano
  • crumbled soft unripened goats cheese
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat your panini press to manufacturers instructions.
  2. For the lemony pepper mayo, combine mayonnaise, Romano, lemon juice and pepper. Season, if desired, with salt; refrigerate until use.
  3. Cut the ciabatta loaf in three smaller loaves. Take two of the smaller loaves and cut them lengthwise to make sandwich slices with them.
  4. Spread 1 tablespoon of the lemony pepper mayo on the bottom of each ciabatta bread. Add a few slices of mozzarella, a few slices of tomato, basil leaves, and sundried tomato slices. Top with some fresh parmesan, goats cheese, and salt and pepper. Push the top part of the ciabatta onto the Romano and goats cheese and place sandwich onto panini press.
  5. Once your panini press says it's ready (or once the bun has been pressed down and the cheese inside looks melted) serve immediately and enjoy!


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25 Responses to Goats Cheese & Mozzarella Sundried Tomato Panini

  1. You can’t go wrong with two types of cheeses. Love this!

  2. That mayo sounds like it really makes the sandwich extra amazing. Plus all those cheeses, mmmm.

  3. You had me at goat cheese AND mozzarella….double the cheese = double the love! Great sandwich!

  4. Jaclyn says:

    Yum! This is a combination of all of my favorite things.

  5. A hot panini with melted cheese is the best kind of lunch! Looks great!

  6. Please vacuum wrap, send by Pony Express, or whatever means necessary, and send one of these to me in Wisconsin! Absolutely delicious looking!!

  7. Heather says:

    You had me at multi grain ciabatta….

  8. This is a comfort sandwich. The cheeses paired together sounds delicious.
    Double awesome.

  9. Oh wow. I haven’t had a good sandwich in a long time; I am overdue for one of these!

  10. sandwiches are the BEST, and you’re so right about the importance of spending a little extra on the ingredients. it definitely makes a difference!
    the hobbit kitchen x

  11. My hubby is obsessed with tomato/basil/mozz sandwiches so I think this would rock his world. Love all the ingredients!

  12. Eileen says:

    Man, does this sandwich sound good–even now, when it’s fall, and most of what I want is either hot stew or a big mug of tea. 🙂 Must try!

  13. everything in this sandwich is calling my name (it rocks dixya’s world too). enjoy the wedding.

  14. This looks spectacular to me, what a perfect sandwich 😀

  15. Joanne says:

    I can totally get down with DOUBLE CHEESE ACTION. This is pretty much my ideal sandwich by virtue of that alone.

  16. Monica says:

    mmm, i love sun dried tomatoes and basil!
    happy to see another ottawa blogger around here 🙂

  17. I love everything about this sandwich! Goat cheese AND mozzarella – genius!

  18. Monet says:

    I can see why this sandwich got you through those months! It looks and sounds delicious! I completely agree…quality ingredients makes all the difference in a good sandwich. Thank you for sharing your tasty picks!

  19. Jaclyn says:

    This sandwich looks seriously awesome!

  20. Amber says:

    This sandwich looks so delicious!

  21. Yup – this looks heavenly – esp with that goat’s cheese!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This is incredible! I love paninis, especially with the mozzarella & goat cheese together, yum!

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