When it comes to lunch out, one of the first places I head these days is a favorite deli located right in my own home town. For years this quaint little building, that sat next to the court house, was, somehow, a secret that I had not discovered. How I had passed it up for so many years is beyond me but that really doesn’t matter now. At this point in the game, they now know me by name and they also know what I’m after. The Panini!
Now I should really tell you that one of the reasons that this deli escaped me so long was actually a very simple one. It’s only open from noon til two on the weekdays only! She serves only three specials daily and when they are gone they are gone! So, needless to say, you are in that line at 11:30 a.m. if you intend to enjoy one of her treats that day. (And they are so worth the waiting minutes!)
The second reason she escaped me was the fact that she does not advertise anywhere! And I mean nowhere. I’m not even sure she has a phone. She plays no favorites. Be there or don’t. That’s how she plays her game. And she is definitely winning. To put it simply, she caters to the court house and it’s personal and visitors. So advertising is really not necessary. If you work at, or near, the court house, then you know how the game is played. It’s just a given!
The Panini Press
After discovering the deli, and realizing that I absolutely love Panini sandwiches, I, being an investigator of kitchen gadgets and small appliances, and not always able to be in the vicinity before the doors slammed shut, naturally went in search of a Panini press to call my very own! I also went in search of recipes, because, obviously, she was never coughing up her secrets to the perfect Panini sandwich.
Panini sandwiches can have anything in them from peanut butter and jelly to roast beef and horse radish sauce. If you like it on a sandwich, you will love it on a Panini!
Here are just a few ideas that might peek your interest….
Nectarine – Arugula and Brie Cheese!
How about Grilled Chicken – Apples – Brie Cheese and Honey!
Or Pulled Pork and Slaw?
Three Cheese and Tomato maybe?
Mouthwatering, right? Oh I know…These are all on the deli’s menu at one time or the other. But now they are also available in my kitchen every day of the week…and the weekend. So whether you want a sandwich or a meal, a panini press can deliver both.
And let’s face it. They are just plain fun to create, make and eat!
Here’s is a great recipe book that will spark some deliciously wonderful sandwich ideas for you and your family and guests. Enjoy!
Order your Panini Press here today!
And write a few of your own special recipes.
My favorite Panini sandwich – for the moment – is the Thanksgiving Dinner Panini! Here’s my recipe! Give it a try – any day of the week.
THANKSGIVING PANINI RECIPE
- 4 slices of a Italian white bread, like Ciabatta, each about 1/2 inch thick
- Olive oil
- Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
- Cranberry Sauce (I use canned and create my own jelly)
- 4 slices of roasted turkey – sliced nicely, not thin.
- Stuffing mix (I use Stove Top, that I tweet)
- 1 Jar of Turkey Gravy
- Small Onion
- Celery Stalk
- 1 Can chicken or turkey broth
Here’s how you do it
Make the stuffing according to the product instructions except you use the chicken broth instead of the water. (If you don’t have enough stock you can make up the rest in water but start with the stock- it makes all the differance)
Chop one small onion very small and one stalk of celery the same way. When it comes time to add the stuffing mix to the boiling water, also throw in the onions and celery too. Stir to combine, put a lid on the pot and remove it from the heat.
Now create your cranberry sauce by pouring your can of cranberry sauce into a bowl and stirring it up. Add a teaspoon of orange juice and some crashed walnuts – like two or three tablespoons. Mix to combine well.
Now preheat your electric panini maker.
Brush olive oil on one side of each slice of bread. Lay the slices, oil side down, on a clean cutting board or some wax paper. Spread one slice with Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. Lay a slice of turkey against the salad dressing. Top with some stuffing, followed by your cranberry sauce. Top the sandwich with the other slice of bread, oil up and place the sandwich on the hot panini press. Close the press and cook until golden brown. About three or four minutes.
In the mean time, heat the gravy. Create all of your sandwiches, cut them in half and serve with a slice of pumpkin pie!