Anytime my daughter Marianne and her husband Joe are in charge of a meal we are in for a treat and this weekend was no exception. We had started our weekend early and fled to our favorite spot on earth, Bear Lake, for the last time of the season and the cooking duo whipped us up some delicious Panini sandwiches. With the right tools, ingredients and a little know-how you can have yourself a fabulous dinner or lunch in short order.
They bought their ingredients at a favorite local market, Harmons. Boar’s Head Tuscan Turkey, Gossner Provolone cheese, and a lovely artisan bread from their specialty bread counter called “asiago green onion cheese bread”. They had it sliced into thicker slices, 9 slices per loaf (not counting the small end pieces), to allow for the weight of the Panini press. Throw in a homegrown tomato and you have a delicious sandwich.
The equipment. I have wished to have a Panini press of my own, but so far have gotten along with my George Forman Grill. Marianne and Joe use a Cuisinart Panini Press and have nothing but high marks for it. As you can see in the picture, it makes wonderful grill marks and a lovely melt on the sandwich. Check Panini Happy out for more ideas for alternative equipment as well as recipes, it’s a wonderful blog on panini’s from savory to sweet.
We’ve made grilled sandwiches a plenty over the years, and I can recommend Joe and Marianne’s combination whole-heartedly. Follow the instructions in the recipe and you’ll have a dinner in 15 minutes that you’ll be very happy with.
If you live in Utah check out Harmon’s Grocery Stores and don’t forget to look at their artisan bread counter, you won’t be sorry. I can’t wait for a Harmon’s to come into my neighborhood. It’s taking over the space where Emigration Market was and keeping the name, Harmons Emigration Market. It plans to open late this year or early in 2011. Yippy!
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