Paninis with Radicchio, Goat Cheese, Citrus Oil, and Almond Pesto

makes two paninis


Almond Pesto:

1 cup packed basil leaves
1/3 cup almonds, not salted or roasted
1 garlic clove, peeled
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
¼ cup good olive oil

For the Citrus Oil

1 cup olive oil
1 blood orange, zested and juiced


1 small loaf ciabatta
1 4-ounce log plain goat cheese
1 small head radicchio


1. To make the pesto: Place the first four ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a fine paste forms. Scrape down the sides and with the processor on low pour in the oil in in a steady stream until the pesto forms. Set aside.

2. To make the oil: Pour the olive oil into a small bowl containing the orange zest and juice until completely emulsified. Set aside.

3. To make the paninis: Slice the ciabatta into two pieces, then cut each piece in half. Brush one side of the bread with one or two tablespoons of pesto. Drizzle the other side of the bread one tablespoon of the olive oil. Slice half of goat cheese log into several pieces and lay them flat over the pesto. Then top that with radicchio and close the sandwich with the citrus olive oil bread. Cook on a panini press for about 10 minutes on low heat, or until the goat cheese is melted and the sandwich is heated through.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

You’ll inevitably have pesto and citrus olive oil leftover. You can buy more goat cheese and bread to make more paninis! Or, use them for salad dressing and pesto-roasted salmon the next day!

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes to assemble and make. Make the pesto ahead of time to save time!

Naptime Reviews

A huge hit with my husband. Served with some quick couscous it was a great easy meal.

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