Bacon, Caesar and Mozzarella Panini

An ordinary BLT won't stand a chance once you've tried a grilled sandwich on a freshly baked crust.

  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 50 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 4

Ingredients

1
can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
4
teaspoons basil pesto
1/4
cup Caesar dressing (creamy or vinaigrette style)
8
oz water-packed fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cut into 8 slices, or 8 slices (1 oz each) regular mozzarella cheese
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
12
slices cooked bacon
2
plum (Roma) tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
8
large fresh basil leaves
1/4
cup LAND O LAKES® Butter
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Unroll pizza crust dough on cookie sheet; press dough into 16x11-inch rectangle, pulling dough gently if necessary. Bake 9 to 16 minutes or until light brown. Cool about 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  • 2 Cut cooled pizza crust in half lengthwise and crosswise to make 4 rectangles. Remove rectangles from cookie sheet; cut each rectangle in half crosswise for a total of 8 squares.
  • 3 On each of 4 crust slices, spread 1 teaspoon pesto; set aside. On each of remaining 4 slices, spread 1 tablespoon Caesar dressing. Place 2 cheese slices on each crust slice with Caesar dressing. Top cheese with pepper, 3 bacon slices, 2 tomato slices and 2 basil leaves. Top with remaining crust slices, pesto sides down.
  • 4 Heat 12-inch skillet or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in skillet. Place 2 sandwiches in skillet. Place smaller skillet or saucepan on sandwiches to flatten slightly; keep skillet on sandwiches while cooking. Cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until bread is golden brown and crisp and fillings are heated. Remove from skillet; cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and sandwiches.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
    Calories
    760
    (
    Calories from Fat
    420),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    47g
    47%
    (Saturated Fat
    20g,
    20%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    90mg
    90%;
    Sodium
    1840mg
    1840%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    51g
    51%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    8g
    8%
    ),
    Protein
    32g
    32%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    4%;
    Calcium
    45%;
    Iron
    20%;
    Exchanges:
    2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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