When John and I were registering for wedding gifts (those were fun times, weren't they?) I selected a panini maker just for fun. It has turned out to be one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. I've tried several varieties, but this particular combination is John and my favorite. If you don't have a panini maker, just use a grill pan or sear pan. I'm sure it will be equally delicious. Let me know what you think or if you have any variations for me to try! :)
*whole wheat sandwich bread
*sliced turkey (I use honey smoked turkey, deli style)
*sliced cheddar cheese
*dried, ground basil
*extra virgin olive oil
*Plug in your panini maker or heat up your grill pan.
*Spread dijon mustard on one side of two slices of bread. Layer two to three pieces of turkey, depending on how you prefer your sandwiches (John likes 3 slices, I like 2). Add a layer of cheddar cheese followed by tomato. Sprinkle basil on the tomato slice. Add another layer of turkey (2-3 slices) and another layer of cheese. Place the second piece of bread on top.
*Coat the exterior side of the bread slices with olive oil. I use a grill/pastry brush to do this.
*Place on the heated panini maker and close for about three minutes, or until outside is nicely browned and cheese is melted. If you're using a grill pan, cook on each side for about 3 minutes, or until the outside is nicely browned.
|I start by coating each piece with the mustard. The dijon gives the whole sandwich a nice, tangy flavor.|
|First layers done - mustard, turkey, cheese, tomato and basil! |
Now time to add more turkey, cheese and mustard-coated bread.
|John likes his heavy on the turkey - about 6 slices total - with thinly sliced tomato.|
|I prefer mine with slightly thicker tomato slice, and about 4 pieces of turkey total.|