- fatcat Dec 14, 2004 08:22 AM
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...
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!
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.
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?