Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Panini Sandwiches for Summer!



Panini sandwiches are all the rage, and for good reason. I've had my panini grill for a couple of years and experimented with many sandwiches. This Cuisinart Panini and Sandwich Press
is one of my personal favorite grills! I enjoy making panini sandwiches because it allows me to be as creative as I wish! Also, breakfast burritos taste delicious after putting them between a panini grill!

A great idea is to make a sandwich bar when you are entertaining.

Put a deli meat tray out with ham, turkey, and roast beef.
Arrange a cheese tray too with cheddar, provalone, and swiss.
Also include a vegi tray with sliced avacados, tomatoes, red onions, and lettuce.
I mix up a sandwich spread that includes mayo, mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
I spread it over bakery bread, usually whole wheat french bread.
People pass through the sandwich bar and load up their plate with their sandwich fillings, and I put them together and sizzle the stacked sandwiches on the panini grill.

Sooo extra yummy!

Serve with fresh fruit, pasta salad, and chips. Don't forget some sun tea with a colorful straw and you're ready to go with a perfect SUMMERTIME meal!

Extra tip! Buy this book to find AMAZING and unique sandwiches to make...it is full of ideas. It is one of my favorite cookbooks.
Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt


I would love to hear how you use your panini grill...
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12 comments:

portatoredichrist said...

I don't use my panini grill. My talented wife does it for me. And I LOVE it when she does!

Jennifer said...

Mmmmm.. that panini looks scrumptious. I must get me one of those grills. ;D

Bev said...

I love the idea of a panini bar! How awesome!

Kim H. said...

Wow, that does sound like a great idea! And no one complains because they picked their own toppings! Brilliant!

Bahama Shores Mama said...

I will have to totally try this at our next gathering. We have large groups over often. My 8 year old bought us a panini grill at a yard sale for Christmas. He'll be so excited for this. Thanks!

Kirsty said...

Awesome, this is going to save me some money at Panera bread ;) And what a fabulous entertaining idea. Thanks!

~Sara said...

These look wonderful!

Jendi said...

So glad I ate lunch before I visited this post!
I don't have a panini grill, but love the sandwich bar idea.

Kitchen Stewardship said...

If you don't have a panini grill, a George Foreman works great as well! These are super for dipping in soups if just simple cheese and maybe one other topping...

Susan said...

I love the idea of a panini bar ... I think it's going on next week's menu plan. Thanks!

sunnymama said...

What a great idea! Panini's at home sounds cool :)

Erin @ Closing Time said...

What a great idea! I love the concept of letting the guests pick what they want on their sandwich. It also takes a simple sandwich meal to the next level! Thanks for the tip!!