Tuna and Artichoke Panini

"This delectable recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis, one of my favorites on the FoodNetwork. It is soooo yummy and easy for luncheon get-togethers and a fun way to dress up tuna."
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  • Puree the olives, oil, garlic, and zest in a food processor until smooth and spreadable. Blend in the mayonnaise.
  • Toss the tuna, artichokes, lemon juice, and pepper in a medium bowl, keeping the tuna in small chunks.
  • Hollow out the bottom and top halves of the bread. Spread the olive puree over both cut sides of the bread. Spoon the tuna and artichoke mixture onto the bottom half of the bread. Sprinkle the tomatoes over.Cover with the bread top.
  • Cut the sandwich crosswise into 6 pieces and serve.

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  1. stephanierndos
    Very good! We used up some leftover tuna steaks we had grilled out the night before and instead of using the entire loaf of ciabatta bread at once, made individual sandwiches by slicing the loaf into sandwich size slices (rather thin) and then, we place the sandwiches on our cast iron flat grill and pressed them with a bacon press while they were grilling, yummy!!!
  2. Messie Chef
    Really good, different type of panini. I used Albacore in olive oil, and only a 6 oz jar of marinated artichokes....I thought that was plenty. Also omitted the tomato, because mine was bad. Excellent. Made on our panini press with Ciabatta rolls. Will be made again. Thanks for posting!
  3. TaterBug
    Oh so good! I lightened it up by using tuna packed in water, light mayo, and water packed chokes. It was SO good!!! Thanks for posting this great recipe.
  4. CulinaryExplorer
    This was DELICIOUS! My husband says the odds were stacked against me with this one since he doesn't like kalamata olives, artichokes, or tomatoes, and he didn't realize until afterwards that I actually used vegan mayo as well which he refuses to try lol, but he said "you could make this one again!" lol That is a huge compliment coming from him! I thought the flavors of this were wonderful, though my garlic cloves were pretty large so it was a tad spicy from the garlic but we like a lot of it normally anyway so no problems there. I did add a bit more lemon juice than called for. The color of the spread was beautiful as well. I love that there is no need for dairy in this recipe since we are on a restrictive diet right now due to our son's allergies. Giada really knows her stuff!
  5. DeAnna Owens
    This is a fantastic panini! I used whole wheat pita bread instead of ciabatta... it turned out very nice.


  1. DeAnna Owens
    This is a fantastic panini! I used whole wheat pita bread instead of ciabatta... it turned out very nice.


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