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Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Favorite Easy Dinner: Paninis

Here’s my new favorite easy dinner.  Paninis.  No, I don’t have a fancy panini maker (yes, I accept free panini makers).  I just cook it in a pan and smash another pan on top of the sandwich.  Oh so fancy, but it does the trick.

If you’re stuck for a new dinner idea, give it a try!  I use actual panini bread or yummy sliced bread and pile on whatever toppings I happen to have in the fridge.  (I also browse sandwich shop menus for ideas.)

Pictured is a chicken panini (I cut the chicken into strips, pounded, and sauteed on the stove in olive oil and S&P) with provolone, spinach, tomatoes, roasted red pepper and honey mustard.

Another plus of the panini – you can use spinach.  Lettuce ain’t so good warm, but spinach is, and it’s oh so super healthy.

Fast, warm, easy, tasty.  My idea of a good dinner.


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    For a SUPER quick panini try the Trader Joe’s Grilled Chicken and Provolone Paninis (I think that’s what they are called.) in the frozen boxes. Follow the directions using microwave to oven and they are pretty darn good for a frozen and ready in under five minutes meal option. You can also add stuff to them before they go in the oven…like fresh tomatoes and spinach.

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    Yours looks so good!! I think I will have to go the store and stock up on panini fixin’s!!!! Yummmy.

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    One tip for making a fab panini is using the good old George Foreman grill. It works great and if there’s any oil from like pesto, cheese, etc… it drains into the little fat catcher. Much more versatile than an actual panini maker.

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    We made panini’s for dinner last night. We have no panini maker either, but use the George Foreman also. My fav is wheat cibatta rolls with pesto, chicken, spinach, tomatoes, and provalone

  5. yummy. making it tonight!

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    my favorite panini to make is a roasted vegetable panini…here’s what i do:

    either sautee or roast in the oven some zucchini, onions, red pepper, yellow squash, or any other veggies that you like roasted.

    while the veggies are cooking mix together some mayo, minced garlic and lemon juice (all to your liking).

    when the vegetables are done take some good bread, put on some of the mayo mixture, feta cheese, and the roasted vegetable and panini-ize it.

    along with all of this i usually make some hummus and use that as a sandwich dish…it’s one of my favorite lunch/dinners to make.

  7. My husband requested this for Valentine’s dinner tonight. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    I was just rummaging through this company’s portfolio that I’m working for now and they designed this really great looking menu for a paninis place in Chicago. There restaurant menu design is really top notch. who would of thought of making the menu to look like a panini. makes you hungry just looking at it. lol

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    Oh my gosh, this looks so yummy! Great idea about browsing sandwich shop menus, I am definitely going to try this soon!

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    Donna Ellert

    I would like the receipe for the quick 6 minute salmon with artichokes and tomatoes with lemon butter sauce. I only caught the last part of it and would love to make it for my dinner party.
    Thank you

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    I like making a breakfast version that includes thick pesto smeared on the bread, thin cream cheese, a hot egg with parmesan grated on right away so it melts, topped with a thick red tomato slice.

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    Jane Maynard

    oooo…that sound delicious, paul!

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    The Breville panini maker is the best! Highly recommend.

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