tomato jam, mozzarella & spinach panini

By • June 17, 2010 • 6 Comments

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Author Notes: Last year I canned a sweet and savory tomato jam, and it came in quite handy recently when I had a craving for a caprese sandwich. Rather than buy out-of-season tomatoes, I used some of that jam with creamy fresh mozzarella from the local Italian shop and luckily spinach had already made its debut at the farmers' market (was still too early for basil). In fact, I often make a big batch of the spinach I use in the sandwich and keep it on hand to add to pasta or serve as a vegetable side. If you don't have a homemade tomato jam in the pantry, Katchkie Farms makes a very lovely one that can be mail ordered—and it reminds me very much of the one I'll be making once tomatoes come around again this year.Jennifer Perillo

Serves 2

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach, well rinsed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 4 slices, country or white pullman bread
  • 3 tablespoons tomato jam
  • 3 to 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  1. Heat olive oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and raisins and saute until raisins are plump and the spinach is wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Heat cast iron skillet over medium flame, or alternately preheat your panini grill.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange two slices of bread on a countertop or cutting board. Slather an equal amount of tomato jam on each slice. Top with equal amounts of mozzarella slices. Arrange equal amounts of spinach on top of cheese. Top with remaining slices of bread.
  4. Place sandwich into hot skillet and use a heavy-bottomed skillet or pot to weight it down, or alternately place it into your heated panini press. If using the manual stovetop method, turn the sandwich once the underside is nicely browned, return heavy-bottomed pot on top of sandwich and continue to cook until golden on other side. Serve hot.

Tags: mozzarella, panini, Sandwiches

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I made this using some tomato marmalade that I made last fall (don't know where I got the recipe)...the sandwich turned our delicious!

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almost 4 years ago Heena

You had me at Tomato Jam : ) I don't like raisins though, do you think dried cranberries/cherries will work here?

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almost 4 years ago Jennifer Perillo

Heena, I think dried cherries would be wonderful!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Is this jam the same as your sweet and savory tomato jam that you won a contest?

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almost 4 years ago Jennifer Perillo

Yes, it is :)

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almost 4 years ago TasteFood

This sounds like a delicious combination of ingredients - very more-ish. It would be great if you would post your recipe for tomato jam - it looks great.