I have been keeping a container of the master dough recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day in the fridge the last few weeks. So, today I pre-heated the oven and made a small ciabatta that I sliced up for my pannini, something extra time at home allowed me to do. You could also use a purchased loaf of ciabatta or even sliced focaccia for the bread when making one of these sandwiches.
I dug around in the fridge to see what I had hanging around that would make a tasty sandwich. I used about 1/2 ounce of proscuitto, 1 ounce of thinly sliced fontina cheese, 2 sliced sun-dried tomatoes and about 1-2 teaspoons of Trader Joe's Artichoke Antipasto inside the sandwich. Then, I pulled out some balsamic vinaigrette and brushed the outside of the sandwich with it before putting it in my Cuisinart Cuisinart Griddler.
It's kind of funny though that I got the Griddler a couple of years ago, and I've only used it to make pannini a couple of times... and that was the main reason I had to have it! We have used it to make pancakes, hot wrap sandwiches and quesadillas on a regular basis, but I don't always have the right bread on hand for a really good pannini. The price has come down quite a lot since I got mine, so if you don't have one click on the link above and you'll find a good deal over at Amazon on them.
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