Monday, August 15, 2011

Turkey Pesto Paninis

I made these over the weekend for dinner... and they were requested again today for lunch! One meal, twice successful. That warrants at least a nod on the blog, I think!

Sandwiches are one of our favorite things around here. You really can't beat a meat-cheese-bread combo! Even the babies love their own simpler versions. (Although SweetP's front teeth don't touch, it's so cute to watch her bite it from the side.)

For these sandwiches, I used

  • Jewish rye bread
  • basil pesto spread (Classico brand)
  • sharp provolone cheese
  • thin-sliced deli turkey
  • mayo
  • butter or margarine

Start by heating your skillet on the stove to medium. I used my griddle pan with ridges to make the classic panini "look." If you have a panini press, this is where you would use it! If not, the griddle or skillet is perfect. While it's heating up, put together the sandwiches. 

Lay out two pieces of bread. Spread a very thin layer of pesto on one, and a very thin layer of mayo on the other. Then stack the provolone and meat. Close the sandwich up and spread a small amount of room temperature butter or margarine on the top of the sandwich. 

Place the sandwich, butter side down (channeling my inner Dr. Seuss) on the hot griddle. Press the whole sandwich down with a flat and strong spatula/turner/plate and hear it sizzle. You'll want to turn it when the grill lines on the bread start browning. Spread a little butter or margarine on the dry top bread right before you flip it. Once flipped, press it down into the pan, too. You'll flatten the sandwich and get nice brown lines on the grilled bread. Yum!

These got gobbled up so quickly, I wasn't able to stage a photo! But they do look good. Slice them diagonally and serve them with rice chips. Or any chips. Or veggies. Oh, yes.

This meal will be on our meal list again, so maybe I can snap a photo then. Meanwhile, bon apetit!

Do you have a panini recipe you love? Please share! Did you, too, receive a panini press for your wedding and have to return it because you needed the cash-ola more? Did you ever read Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book? Or am I the only one?

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