So I was at a restaurant the other day, and I ordered a panini. The thing came out on a thick burger roll. No self-respectin' Italian would ever call that a panini. In Italy, the panini is a small and thin sandwich. maybe one or two slices of meat, cheese and a vegetable, usually on a ciabatta. This is an actually shot of paninis we had in Florence:
I was appalled and inspired to take matters into my own hands.
Thankfully, my husband was sweet enough to buy me this baby - The Griddler by Cuisinart!
It has a grill side, and a griddle side, and it opens flat for big breakfast foods like pancakes and french toast! I love it. And it makes paninis that you can call paninis.
Today, my first one was made like this:
- grilled chicken, sliced thin
- 1 roasted red pepper (peel off any skin)
- Arugula spread (or any jarred pesto is great!)
- fontina cheese
- olive oil
- 2 slices of Tuscan Pane bread from Trader Joes
Take the arugula and drizzle with oil, and season with salt & pepper.
Spread the pesto on both slices, add chicken, roasted pepper, arugula mix, and cheese. Assemble the panini and place it on the grill till done. Great lunch!
I can't wait to try more with soprassata or proscuitto, and mozzerella & basil!