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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Do you guys have a pannini press?  If you don't...please, please go out and get yourself one!  They make the absolute best sandwiches ever!  From a simple grilled cheese for your kids to a fancy dessert name it you can make it!  This past Sunday night I was dead tired from having a little bit too much fun at a Christmas party.  We also were trying to put up our Christmas tree and half our lights would not work.  My husband had to go on a wild goose chase to find some more lights. Would you believe he went to 5 large chain stores and all of them were out of lights?  That is a whole new story!  Anyway, long story short neither one of us were in the mood to make dinner a big production.  I was in the mood for a pannini sandwich and just a big bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup.  I came up with a great pannini that included a nice salty pancetta and a sweet fig spread that you can find at Whole Foods.  This spread is great!  Serve it with any kind of salty meat or cheese with crackers or die for!


* Makes 4 sandwiches
  • 1/2 lb. thin sliced pancetta
  • 8 slices thin italian bread / pannini bread
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • olive oil
  • 2 TB. Organic Adriatic Fig Spread
  1. Drizzle one side of each piece of bread with olive oil
  2. Place 4 slices of bread olive oil side down, on the pannini press.
  3. With a butter knife smooth 1/2 TB of the fig spread over each piece of bread.
  4. Layer a few pieces of pancetta over the fig spread.
  5. Place a piece of provolone over the pancetta.
  6. Place a piece of bread, olive oil side up, over the provolone.
  7. Close the pannini press top and grill for about 5 minutes.
  8. Take sandwiches off the pannini press and cut each sandwich in half and place on plate.

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! Love your quick yet gourmet ideas!!