Although they are nice, you don’t need a panini press to make a great panini. They tend to be one of those devices that, unless you make a lot of paninis, they just take up a lot of valuable space in a kitchen. I make these great sandwiches using a George Foreman Grill.
When making paninis, you are limited by only your imagination. All you need are two slices of good bread, a meat, a cheese, some sort of veggie, maybe a condiment and you’re good to go.
Tonight I made paninis using sourdough bread, smoked turkey breast, Havarti cheese, Roasted Red Peppers, and my own honey mustard. This makes a very satisfying sandwich that isn’t too heavy. They go great with a nice, clean, crisp sauvignon blanc.
Two slices sourdough bread
3-4oz Smoked turkey breast
1-2oz Havarti cheese
Roasted red peppers
Blind Guy Honey Mustard (recipe follows)
Preheat grill. Spread bottom slice of bread with honey mustard. Then assemble sandwich in this order: turkey, Havarti, peppers. Place on grill and close lid. Let the bread toast for a few minutes. When grill marks begin to appear you can begin to apply a little pressure. Grill until heated through and grill marks are well defined; about 5 minutes total. Remove from grill and slice in half. Serve immediately.
Blind Guy Honey Mustard
2/3 C real mayonnaise
2 T Grey Poupon Dijon mustard with white wine (Not Country style)
3 T Honey
1 t Soy sauce
1 t Fresh lemon juice
Whisk all ingredients together until well blended. Chill for at least 2 hours. Overnight is better.
This also makes a wonderful salad dressing.