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I seem to be on a bit of a sandwich kick here – today I have a sandwich, and tomorrow I have a sandwich.  I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have the time or energy to make an all-out dinner!!

And you probably saw the title of this recipe and are wondering why you see a sandwich instead of a pizza.  I was quite confused as well when I read through this recipe!!  Well, the introduction to the recipe says that “Bikini” is what Catalans call grilled cheese.  This recipe comes from a chef – Ferran Adria of El Bulli – and he claims that the flavors of this sandwich remind him of a pizza.  And bikinis are a very popular snack in Barcelona.  So, it’s still a bit of a crazy title, but at least it makes a little more sense now!

This was a super easy sandwich to throw together.  Mine was a little bland, but as I explain below, I think it’s from the mozzarella that I chose.  I think that a sprinkling of salt and pepper would have probably made a huge difference for me.  But I love these flavors together and I would definitely play around with this sandwich again!

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Recipe Notes:

  • Buffalo mozzarella was no where to be found, so I used regular fresh mozzarella.  Well, I used a fresh mozzarella that I didn’t really care for – it didn’t have a ton of flavor to it.  I think this is a recipe that would benefit from a really good-quality cheese.
  • I cut up my sun-dried tomatoes because I didn’t want them to be too overpowering, but since the mozzarella was so bland, I probably could have gotten away with using the whole tomatoes.
  • I used my panini press instead of a pan and a weight, because it just made sense to me!

 
Bikini Pizza | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Bikini “Pizza” 
from The New Spanish Table

serves 4

total time:  about 15 minutes

8 slices best quality sourdough or white bakery bread
8 ounces buffalo mozzarella, sliced
1/2 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, 4 teaspoons of their oil reserved
4 small white mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 large basil leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Arrange 4 slices of the bread on a work surface and place 1 or 2 mozzarella slices on top of each.  Arrange the tomatoes on top, followed by the mushrooms.  Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the tomato oil over the mushrooms on each sandwich and top with a basil leaf.  Top each sandwich with a slice of bread.

Heat a griddle over medium heat.

Brush the sandwiches with the olive oil.  Place them on the griddle and top with a heavy pan or grill press.  Cook, turning once, until the bread is golden and crisp and the cheese is melted, 8 to 9 minutes.  Cut into halves or quarters and serve at once.

Check out these other great grilled cheese sandwiches:
Toasted Cheese Sandwich at Taste and Tell
Grilled Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto at Closet Cooking
Panko Crusted Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich at Fuss Free Cooking
Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Ezra Pound Cake
Swiss Melt with Artichoke Hearts at GrilledShane

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11 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Bikini "Pizza"

  1. Julie says:

    Looks like a delicious sandwich, and it's too funny that it's called a bikini :)

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Mmmhhh, I love the looks of that grilled sandwich!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Joanne says:

    To be honest, as long as I have melted cheese…I'm happy. You are going to get some interesting google searches with that title…

  4. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    This reminds me of my absolute favorite grilled sandwich, the caprese (minus the mushrooms)! Yours looks absolutely delicious and perfect for a light lunch. Thanks for sharing and reminding me I need to make something like this soon! Have a great weekend with your family.

  5. Monet says:

    The panini press makes more sense to me too! I love making grilled sandwiches…there is nothing like some mid-day melted cheese. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I hope you have a weekend full of relaxation and fun!

  6. HollyL says:

    This looks devine! I love grilled sandwiches!

  7. Keersten says:

    That looks so good. You can't beat the flavor of tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Definitely on my to-try list!

  8. LimeCake says:

    That looks superb! I love grilled sandwiches and quesadillas!

  9. grace says:

    sun-dried tomatoes have an insane power over me. so does melted cheese, now that i think about it, so i don't stand a chance resisting this creation!

  10. Natalie says:

    I love spicing up a regular grilled cheese. This sounds SO good! I hope to make this over my Christmas break from work :)

  11. Sara says:

    Oooh, this looks very yummy! Great combo of flavors in a sandwich, especially if you include the buffalo mozzarella (love that stuff!). Also love the name!!

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