Pannini for Lunch

 Today, I was off due to the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday... so, that meant I could make lunch at home! I took advantage of being able to make something I wouldn't normally have for lunch on a weekday - a pannini!

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 was such a filling and satisfying sandwich! It would be fantastic to enjoy one of these each day with different meats and veggies inside.

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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Well done, Patsy! I hope this means there will be many more panini in your (near) future :-)
Mmmmnnn! Love paninis!
Deborah said…
What a perfect lunch!
Patsyk said…
Kathy - I just knew you'd have to come out of lurking to comment on this one! :) I do hope to make more in the near future... I do have a weakness for a hot sandwich with all kinds of yummy things stuffed inside!

Lisa - Me, too!

Deborah - it definitely was! I'm wishing I was home again today so I could enjoy another one.
Aggie said…
I'm so impressed you are keeping some dough in your fridge...would love to be a neighbor and stop by for some fresh baked bread! :)

What a great lunch!
Shelby said…
I love panini! I was just looking at my panini recipe book over the weekend. Drooling over it is more like it. Your sandwich sounds yum!
Patsyk said…
Aggie - you would be welcome to stop by anytime!

Shelby - which panini book do you have? would love more inspiration for other combinations.
Anonymous said…
Nothing like a fabulous sandwich on a cold day in January.
Susan @ SGCC said…
The panini looks great! I adore my Griddler! You can do almost anything with it!
Cate said…
Love paninis, but it's so hard to find a restaurant that actually knows what a real panini is. Best way around that is to make them at home - yours looks delish!
Patsyk said…
April Marie - it was a perfect lunch on a chilly day. A bowl of soup would have been a nice addition, but this sandwich was so filling on it's own!

Susan - you are so right! I need to use mine more often.

Cate - that's true. I think I'm going to try making different combinations at home... this one was so good, that I don't think I need to order them when I'm out anymore!

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