I have a ton of mozzarella sticks and needed to find a use for them. A BLT panini seemed a good place to insert them.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
33 mins
48 mins
4 sandwiches


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Lay bacon strips flat in a single layer on the baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned and crisp, about 20 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Increase oven heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  • Slice torta rolls in half; spread one side of each roll with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise and the other with 1 teaspoon pesto.

  • Arrange mozzarella sticks in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  • Bake mozzarella sticks in the hot oven until golden brown, 10 to 11 minutes.

  • Divide mozzarella sticks over the bottom halves of the rolls; top with lettuce, bacon, and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with the tops of the rolls. Brush oil over sandwiches; grill in a panini press until crisped and hot, 4 to 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

The directions for making mozzarella sticks are based on the particular brand mentioned. Follow instructions on the box if using a different brand.

Nutrition Facts

720 calories; protein 30.6g; carbohydrates 70.1g; fat 34.2g; cholesterol 53.4mg; sodium 1815.6mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
These were great! I do not have a panini press so I just crisped them up under the broiler. The flavor combo works great together. The cheese sticks and pesto really make these stand out over your average BLT's. The only negative thing I have to say is they were a little dry. I will try using a thinner bread next time. Read More