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Project Panini

I'm making panini later this week and am looking for ideas regarding meat, cheese, vegetable and condiment combinations. Preferably, these would be GOOD ideas. ;)

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  1. I regularly have panini parties. It takes a bit of effort to get the ingredients prepped but the panini part is great.
    Most successful combos:
    goat cheese, grilled chicken & roasted red peppers
    black fores ham, brie and honey mustard (some like with grilled red onions too)
    tomato with provolone-- to spice this one up sometimes I do grilled veggies with provolone
    procuitto with any hard cheese (moz, provolone)

    Will look forward to hearing others.....

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    1. re: ciaociao1

      Similar to one of these, a popular one in my house is chicken, roasted peppers, mozzarella (or any cheese, really) and pesto.

    2. Related panini question: do you two use panini presses or just brown the sides in a standard skillet? Is a panini press worth investing in or not really?

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      1. re: Aravisea

        I own something called The Griddler. It's an indoor grill and griddle which also functions as a panini press. I love the thing, but it was a gift so not sure how expensive it is.

        PS--I'm sort of homing in on smoked chicken breast, roasted chilaca peppers, Swiss cheese and BBQ sauce for the upcoming panini.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          How well does the griddle part of the griddler work? I just started a thread over on cookware, but thought I'd ask you here, since your brought up the Griddler. I'm thinking of giving this as a gift.

          1. re: nofunlatte

            It works quite well. The only glitch--and it's a pretty minor one--is that the heat is not completely uniform across both cooking surfaces. Certain spots seem to be a bit hotter than others. But once you suss it all out it's not a problem. In summary, I'd recommend this product.

            1. re: Perilagu Khan

              Thanks--looks like that is what I'll get him. BTW, I like provolone, pesto, and salami panini!

              1. re: nofunlatte

                oh gad that sounds good. the prov/pesto/salami

        2. re: Aravisea

          I just use a skillet and cover the sandwich with a foil-wrapped brick. :)

          1. re: Aravisea

            I've had an electric panini grill for several years and use it so much it rarely gets put away. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Love it.

            1. Just made sliced turkey, gouda, sliced avocado. Wish I had some sun dried tomatoes - that would have put it over the top.

              1. I was just reading a blog, Appetite for China, and the Marco Polo Cafe in the East Village serves what the Sicilian-American and mainland Chinese husband-and-wife couple who own the place call: Moo Goo Gai Panini.

                ...chicken and shiitake mushrooms, with teriyaki and ginger flavors, sliced cucumbers and onions, topped off with a generous serving of melted fontina.

                http://appetiteforchina.com/new-york/...

                For myself, I like the combination of prosciutto, tomato, Gruyere and chipotle mayo. I use the George Forman Grill...

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                1. re: Gio

                  I use my GF grill too. In fact, it's really all I use it for anymore.