This Summer, Take the Grill Inside with The Micro Chef Grill: Eric Theiss’ Quick & Easy Summer Recipe: Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Panini

Hey, guys! This is Eric Theiss.

Summer’s just about here, and I can’t wait for all the pool parties, picnics on the beach & dinners on my patio.

What am I dreading? Cooking over a hot stove or grill for hours. Who wants to heat up the entire house when it’s already sweltering?

So this summer, I’m turning my microwave into a professional grill with the MicroChef Grill. I can make juicy burgers, fall off the bone ribs, even delicious, crispy paninis in just a few simple steps.

And it’s all at microwave speed with very little clean-up. Plus, I don’t have to worry about soggy leftovers. With the Micro Chef Grill, my pizza crust is crispy and my burgers look & taste like they just came off the outdoor grill.

And I can’t tell the difference.

But it’s not just about grilling. I use the Micro Chef Grill to sear, saute, roast, steam & bake, too.

My favorite thing to do during those long summer days? Transform my Micro Chef Grill into a panini press.

It only takes a few minutes in the microwave.

There are so many microwave grilling tools out there today. But they grill from the bottom surface only—not from the top as well.

In the Micro Chef Grill, dual heating elements on the top and bottom mean I can make authentic paninis anytime I want. All of my meals are cooked in the perfect 360O environment. So I get mouthwatering grill marks on both sides.

In the warmer weather I like to keep things light, so today I’m bringing you one of my newest recipes for summer: Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Paninis. It calls for pesto, but you can also substitute fresh basil.

These paninis come out perfectly crisp & golden brown, every single time. They’re the perfect lunch or snack on a hot day.

Don’t want to re-heat the leftovers into a soggy mess? Put them right back into the Micro Chef Grill.

You’ll get perfectly grilled, perfectly toasted, perfectly crisp meals in just seconds.

And more time to spend outside with your family. (TIP: it’s the ideal tool for reviving last night’s pizza delivery).




Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Panini

Serves 1


1 French roll, or roll of your choice

¼ fresh mozzarella cheese ball, sliced

1 serving fire-roasted bell peppers

½ tomato, sliced

2 Tbsp. pesto



  1. Cut roll in half. Spread pesto on the inside of each half.
  2. Layer peppers, mozzarella and tomato slices on bread.
  3. Place panini in the Grill. Make sure support ring is removed. Press lid directly onto sandwich.
  4. Place Grill in microwave. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove panini from the Grill.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit, salad, or your favorite summer side dish.

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