When panini makers first came out I had to have one. The idea of having a hot grilled sandwich at any time of the day immediately became my new food food obsession. There have been many, this just happened to be the most recent one. I would start my day with a grilled panini with apple wood bacon, cheddar and sauteed cherry tomatoes. Soon lunch would follow, grilled veggies with fresh mozzarella, panini of course. Dinner grilled flank steak, horseradish sauce and caramelized onions on what else but a perfectly grilled panini. Dessert? Marshmallow with nutella grilled to a perfectly gooey crispy mess. I was becoming a panini princess. I fantasized about opening a panini drive thru . I would call it The Panini Palace. It would be a small shack in the middle of a parking next to small strip mall. Everyday the line would get longer and longer as word got out about my delicious paninis. Before making my fantasy a reality I decided to have a panini party, about 20 people, I would make the panins, they would eat the paninis, drink and be very happy. There I stood making panini after panini . The crowd soon got demanding, "can I have one side with brie and ham and the other with grilled veggies. ?" AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH After about an hour I was done. There I stood holding down the panini maker as my guests sipped mojitos and chatted about my crazy neighbor with numerous cats, cats which she cant have inside due to allergy's. I just kept making those paninis, one after another. I wanted my panini maker to over heat, catch fire anything. The party wrapped up, everyone but me had a fabulous time, telling me that can't wait for The Panini Palace open. Not happening in this life time. Soon after this party, my dear panini maker went into storage for a very long time. It took a very long vacation with my bread maker and rice maker, they became the best of friends. But just last week, like an old friend that you call after not remembering why you stopped being friends, I dug out my panini maker. This time we don't plan on spending quite so much time together, perhaps a once a month fling. This time no gargantuan sandwiches, just tasty little grilled wedges that will be the perfect app to your next gathering.
Good bread is the key ingredient when making paninis. I prefer to use a large circular panelle, my baker refers to it as a Hoboken Panelle, any round French or Italian country bread should be fine. These are two Paninis that are frequently requested in my house.
Roasted Turkey with strawberry jam, yes strawberry jam
- 2 large slices of crusty bread
- 2 Tablespoon cream cheese
- 2 Tablespoons of your favorite strawberry jam
- slightly less than a 1/4 pound of freshly sliced turkey breast
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Chocolate, banana and Hazelnut Panini
- 2 slices of of crusty country style bread
- a handful of dark of milk chocolate chopped
- 1/2 a sliced banana
- roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts (about 1/2 as much chocolate that you have used)
Sprinkle one slice of bread with the chocolate chunks, then add sliced bananas and finish with toasted hazelnuts. Top with second slice of bread. Grill sandwich 2 to three minutes, till bread is crispy and golden and chocolate has melted. Serve right away.