Ham and Artichoke Panini
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: makes 4 panini
- 4 extra-thick pocketless pita breads, halved horizontally
- 6 ounces sliced provolone cheese
- 6 ounces sliced ham
- 2 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni
- 1/3 cup pitted Calamata olives, coarsely chopped
- One 7-ounce jar marinated artichokes, drained
- 12 basil leaves
- 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Arrange the pitas cut side up on a work surface. Cover 4 of the pita halves with the provolone. Arrange the ham, pepperoni, olives and artichokes, each on its own quadrant of the 4 panini halves. Top with the basil leaves and mozzarella and close the pitas. Brush the tops with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.
- Heat 1 teaspoon of the remaining olive oil in each of 2 large skillets. Add 2 pita panini to each and press down with a smaller skillet. Cook over moderate heat, turning once, until the cheese is melted and the panini are crisp, about 10 minutes. Cut into quarters and serve.
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