Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rediscovering the Panini Press

Recently, it has been all about simple meals. I haven't been much in the kitchen lately if I'm totally honest with myself but I'm trying to make a comeback. Last weekend, we were craving a dressed up sandwich so I whipped out the panini press and rediscovered why this thing is such a kitchen necessity.

I combined a few recipes I found online to make a chicken and roasted red pepper panini.

Here is what I used:
  • Rotisserie chicken (seriously, it doesn't get any better or easier that this)
  • 8 sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 3 Tablespoons pesto (I bought already prepared rather than making my own)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Roasted red peppers (I bought them canned)
  • Artichokes, quartered
  • Provolone cheese
  • Whole grain sandwich bread
  • Butter, softened

First, pull the chicken off the bone...

Isn't this the cutest thing ever? I got this at Joss & Main and it's so handy to keep olive oil in. Rae - I hope you like this...I got you one!

You are going to make a sundried tomato mixture now. In a food processor, puree sundried tomatoes, pesto, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Boy do I love pesto!

Mix mayo with 3 tablespoons of the sundried tomato mixture. You'll use this as a spread on the bread.

Cover both pieces of bread (on one side of each piece of bread) with the mixture.

Then you'll just start piling things on. I layered the chicken, roasted red peppers and artichokes. Use 2 slices of provolone cheese on the other piece of bread and complete the sandwich.

Butter one side of the sandwich and put it butter side down on the panini press. Then butter the other side. I used Amish butter. This is basically butter with extra is delicious and can be found at most specialty food stores. It comes in an enormous log, so you can split it with someone else and still work off of it for a while.

Cook until desired crispiness and enjoy!

I need some more panini press ideas...we are hooked!


Rachel said...

Yum!! Thanks for the olive oil bottle!!!!! That is so cute!! Cant wait to use it, thanks sis!!!mxo

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