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Playing Outside-In Pizza Panini


  • 1 large, store-bought focaccia, round or square
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers
  • 1 large ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • A couple pinches dried oregano
  • About 10 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 small bag sliced pepperoni
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 10 slices provolone
  • 2 to 3 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small white or red onion, sliced


Serves: 4 servings


Preheat a panini grill or a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.

Cut the foccacia into 4 equal sections, then split each section in half so it opens up like a sandwich. Stuff the foccacia with any combination of your favorite pizza toppings.

Place panini in sandwich press. If using a pan on the stovetop, place another heavy skillet or a brick wrapped in foil on top of the sandwiches to press them down. Press until cheese is melted and bread is crisp on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side.