Roast Beef Pesto Panini & not enough hours

Do you ever feel like social media has taken over your life?  As a blogger, it is a very important tool to grow your following.  There are just so many of them…..

facebook, twitter, google+, and pinterest are the ones that I am currently using.  I still have not started on instagram and stubleupon!!!  To be honest, I don’t even know what stumbleupon is!

Facebook was my first foray into social media, and up until recently it was still my favorite.  Pinterest…..that is a world unto it’s self.  You can loose HOURS looking at all of the wonderful pictures placed before your eyes.  Twitter is still a bit confusing to me.  Very short, broken sentences with hashtags and abbreviated words….and it moves so quickly!

I just started on google+, and I am intrigued by it.  For those of you who have never seen it; it is like facebook, but with larger pictures.  There are three rows, and the picture sizes are staggered as they move down the line.  You can comment on posts just like facebook, but you +1 instead of like.  It has circles instead of fans, and feels more like a community.  In fact, they have communities for people to join for specific interests/topics.  No games, no advertising (yet), just people sharing with other like minded people.

As you can see, this is where most of my day goes!  Luckily, I have some tasty and quick dinners that I can put together in no time 🙂  Confession, this Roast Beef Pesto Panini is not originally my idea!  Last summer Cassi and I were at Target and needed something fast for dinner.  We bought a few different types of sandwiches, mine being roast beef with pesto on ciabatta.  I took it home and quickly realized that this sandwich would be better warm.  So I pulled out the panini grill and took it to the next level!

Target no longer sells this sandwich, so I started making my own.  I do use the Archer Farms Angus medium-rare roast beef and their provolone cheese.  I have trouble keeping basil alive, so I used Giada’s basil pesto.  I also really like Alessi brand, but Target no longer sells it.

roast beef pesto panini by cookingwithcurls WM

Basil pesto is a strong taste for me, so I mix in a little mayonnaise to make it creamier.  I have listed it as optional in the recipe 🙂  My Italian Pasta Salad goes perfectly with this sandwich, hint hint!

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Roast Beef Pesto Panini

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Main Course
Medium-rare roast beef, provolone cheese, and basil pesto, are sandwiched between two slices of ciabatta bread and melted to perfection in a panini grill!


  • 1 Loaf ciabatta bread (or 4 rolls)
  • 1 Pound medium-rare roast beef
  • 4 Slices provolone cheese
  • basil pesto
  • mayonnaise (optional)
  • lettuce, tomato, onions


rbpp ciabatta sliced
If using a loaf of ciabatta bread, slice into desired sized portions.
rbpp ciabatta sliced half
Slice each portion in half.
rbpp pesto
Spread bottom portion with pesto.
rbpp optional mayo
Mix with mayonnaise if desired.
rbpp roast beef
Place roast beef over pesto.
rbpp provolone
Layer with cheese.
rbpp lettuce
Add lettuce.
rbpp tomato
Add tomato and onion slices if using.
rbpp top
Top with second half of cibatta bread.
rbpp grill
Place in panini press/grill, or place in a cast iron skillet and weigh down with a second pan.
rbpp melted
Cook until bread is toasted, and cheese is melted.
roast beef pesto panini by cookingwithcurls WM
Serve with chips, green salad, or Italian Pasta Salad.


If the cheese is not completely melted in the center, place in the microwave for 10 - 15 seconds to melt it completely.

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  1. Val in MN says

    I PREFER to follow food blogs by email. They get routed right into their own folder that I can browse when I want. My poor FB page is a jumble of family, friends, blogs and businesses that I try to keep up on.

    And I can REALLY get lost wandering around Pinterest for HOURS! LOVE that site.

  2. says

    Love me a good roast beef sandwich! This looks wonderful… but I’m not a huge basil pesto fan. Imagining a horseradish/avocado mayo perhaps?

    And social media is such a time-sucker isn’t it?

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤… Jennifer

  3. says

    I use Bloglovin to keep up with the blogs I am following (and now like it better than Google Reader), Pinterest to help people look easily at my themed link ups. I can’t get my head around Google+ and to be honest after what Google did with Google Reader I don’t want to be more dependent on them – it’s bad enough to be on Blogger with them. Cheers
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  4. says

    I sometimes feel that social media is my life. So much to do and keep track of as a blogger! But it does help me discover new blogs like yours.

    That sandwich is making me drool. Love pesto and roast beef, but I’ve never paired them. I must remedy that soon.

    Pinning this and planning to make it soon.

  5. says

    Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday to let you know your Roast Beef Panini caught my eye right off. I love roast beef sandwiches and it looks delicious.This is definitely a going to make. I love the addition of pesto and your Italian Salad looks good as well. Love for you to stop by the Thursday BBQ Block party and share some of your delicious recipes!
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

  6. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Sandwiches are a favorite in our house during the summer – they’re quick and easy and generally don’t heat up the kitchen 🙂 This sounds great, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends – I can’t wait to see what you share this week!


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