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Dec 28, 2004 07:53 PM

Panini sandwiches

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Plan to have about 10-12 over for New Year's. Someone's bringing an Italian soup and I thought panini sandwiches would go well--Want to get a variety of meats cheeses, etc. and some grilled vegetables and ciabatta. Any good suggestions out there? It will be a make-your-own affair. Thanks.

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  1. Funny you should ask. I have to go down to the kitchen to mix the dough for ciabatta rolls in few minutes. The starter has been fermenting for about 12 hours.

    That aside, get authentic Italian cold cuts like good coppacola, Genoa salami, maybe mortadella, provolone, fresh mozzarella, spicy peperoncini, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, good extra virgin olive oil in an easy pour bottle, dried oregano, and shred some good Romaine lettuce. Do not get iceberg lettuce because it has no taste or nutrients. Have mayonnaise available for those (tutti Americani) who don't know any better.

    Chi mangia Italiano, mangia bene! Buon appetito!

    Nuovo anno felice!

    Yes, I'm not of Italian heritage...

    2 Replies
    1. re: ChiliDude

      Thanks for the suggestions--I'm off to Jungle Jim's (Cincinnati) which carries all that and so much more. BTW, what happens to the Romaine lettuce--does it hold up in the grilling?

      1. re: Holly

        After grilling the panini, open it up to insert the lettuce, tomatoes (if you prefer uncooked), and any other raw items. The contrast between the crisp and cold and the hot and soft is a delight.

    2. Below recommendations are great.

      I'd add fontina cheese, tomatoes (if you can find good ones), and fresh basil. Proscuitto as well. And perhaps instead of romaine, those dark fancy salad greens (spring mix, I think?)

      Perhaps some balsamic also for drizzling.

      I know this isn't terribly italian, but I rather like brie in pressed sandwiches. Brie and slices of green apple. Yum.

      1. Tapenade spread
        Roasted red peppers
        grilled (or roasted portobello)