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Dec 14, 2004 08:22 AM

panini maker

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I just got a panini maker for a gift. Wondering if there are any unique recipes out there. Already have ideas for the basics--prosciutto and mozzarella; reubens; ham and swiss; etc. But looking for some creative ideas...

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  1. Have you tried a cuban panini? On cuban bread, spread a good brown mustard, add sliced pork roast, ham, dill pickles(sliced long-way),and swiss cheese. Put in your new maker and heat till bread is golden and cheese is melted. I hope you'll like it as much as we do!

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    1. re: jackie


    2. That Cuban sandwich rec below is a good one...I like:

      Roasted eggplant, roasted red bell pepper, whole basil, goat cheese (olive tapenade optional) on ciabatta or foccacia
      Maple ham, grated gruyere, and lots o' mustard on sliced country bread
      For a sweet treat: Nutella w/ raspberry jam on sweeter bread (I like brioche or challah cut thick), use a bit of butter on outside, sprinkle w/ powdered sugar to finish

      I usually make panini using 2 pans (one to press on top), but have considered getting a panini maker b/c it's more convenient. Panini is one of the most delicious quick meals IMO. Have fun!

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        Jane Hathaway

        In addition to sandwiches, I often use mine to make quesadillas. My favorite is black bean and mushroom with queso cotija. I also use up a lot of my zucchini and squash in the summer by making grilled vegetable quesadillas or panini. You will love this gift. Enjoy.

        1. Here's a recent show on NPR about Paninis and grilled cheese. Click on "Listen" to hear what they have to say, and also there are a few recipes included on the page.



          1. Is a panini maker a more expensive version of a George Forman Grill?

            I don't have either, but seems to me they serve same functions.

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            1. re: Wendy Lai

              Kind of the same idea, but of course, panini presses are a lot better looking and more sturdy IMO. Don't own either, but have a feeling that Foreman grill works better for hunks of meat, while panini presses are better for, well, panini. Although, sounds like it works well w/ bacon from post below.

              I've had my eye on one at Crate & Barrel which is linked below. Can anyone out there vouch for this model?