Sunday, March 2, 2008
Perfect for a cool day or evening at home.
If you don't have a panini press, a George Foreman grill also works great - that's what I use! Alternatively, you could also substitute a couple of heavy cast-iron skillets, one to grill the sandwich and the other to press it. I have also heard using a foil-covered brick works for the press part of it.
Here are a couple of my favourite paninis! Enjoy!
Proscuitto and Brie
Use sourdough bread, or a baguette (or even a croissant), slice, brush with a bit of olive oil
Place a couple of thin slices of proscuitto or any other meat you may have on hand on the bread.
Thinly slice some brie (or other soft cheese you may have) and red onion, add to sandwich
I also like to put baby spinach or arugula on mine
Top with pepper (I don't add salt since proscuitto is quite salty on its own)
Place sandwich on grill, set the top of press down on top of sandwich. Grill for a few minutes until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.
Strawberry Chocolate Panini
Slice baguette, coat one side of each slice with olive oil
Spread other side of each slice with Nutella (hazelnut chocolate found in any grocery store!)
Thinly slice strawberries and put on top of chocolate covered side of one slice of bread. Put second slice of bread on top.
Put sandwich on press, grill for a few minutes til golden and chocolate is warm and gooey.