Hot Healthy Recipe: Panini!

When I was in Paris years ago,  I couldn’t help notice people eating panini’s.

Panini is plural for panino, which means sandwich in Italian.

After trying one, I recall exclaiming I want to open Panini carts in NYC!

Delicious. Like a grilled cheese sandwich all grown up.
The only place I’ve had one since then is in Union Square in New York City. A place called Bite.
Grab a hot healthy panini to go for $7.50.  Location in SoHo too.  http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/bite/menu
 Back to making a Healthy Panini at home.  Use a Panini Press (link below).

Use natural ingredients, like fresh garden vegetables.

Ingredients:

Sweet Red Pepper

Eggplant

Beefsteak Tomato

Vidalia Onion

Portobello Mushroom

Fresh Spinach Leaves

Your Favorites Cheese

Your Favorite Lean Meat

A Firm Whole Wheat Bread

  • Start by scraping off the black area of the Portobello mushroom. Then, sauté in imported Italian Virgin Olive Oil and Thyme.
  • Next, you slice open a sweet red pepper horizontal wise, take out seeds and core. Once your onion is sliced into large rounds, it too should be roasted. Slice a firm tomato in a semi-thick round.   Set aside.
  • The eggplant should be skinned, seeded and sliced lengthwise. Each slice should be dipped in flour, and sautéed in olive oil until soft.
  • As for the spinach leaves, lightly blanch them in water until it turns a darker green.

Add a thick slice of cheese and your choice of lean meat. The final step is to layer the sandwich with the meat first, cheese and the vegetables in any order you like.

Panini Press and Grill until the cheese and meat are well done.

Panini grills range in price from $25. to over $500.  You can check them out or order on-line here:

1a. George Forman Panini Grill | Amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen

  1. Waring WPG250 14 1/2″ x 11″ Panini Supremo Grooved Top & Bottom Panini Sandwich Grill 120V

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  2. Breville Panini Press | Williams-Sonoma

    $119.95 – Williams-Sonoma  Orders Over $49 Ship Free w Code ship4free

  3. Wolfgang Puck Panini Duet & Multipurpose Grill

    $44.99 – Sears Buy Online, Pickup in Store
  4. Calphalon 1759546 Grill, Panini Press

    $139.99 – Macy’s Free Shipping w/ $99 Order Today!

2012 BEST RATED PANINI GRILLS:

http://www.housekool.com/shopping/?shkw=panini%20grill&keywords=grill&gclid=CPWG6o_ira8CFacRNAodmwmWpg

Happy & Healthy Weekend!  I just learned it is the Thai New Year. Happy Thai New Year!

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