For Christmas this last year I got a Panini maker. I had wanted one for a long time and was very excited. Of course, Dan didn’t think I needed another kitchen item to have to store in my already-busting-at-the-seams kitchen. What does he know? He doesn’t see a problem when he goes to Home Depot and comes home with new tools that he just HAS to have to do whatever project he happens to be working on at the time.
For the most part I haven’t used my new Panini maker for anything too exciting, mostly plain Jane grilled cheese sandwiches. These have been very good, don’t get me wrong, but last weekend I tried to get a little more creative. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 (16 ounce) unsliced loaf Ciabatta bread
- 1 (9 ounce) jar Major Grey's Mango Chutney
- 4 ounces Deli Ham
- 4 ounces Deli Turkey
- 4 slices Cheese (6 ounces), we used White Cheddar and Swiss
- 1 Anjou Pear, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 cup baby Spinach Leaves
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Preheat your Panini maker. If you don't have a Panini maker you can use a grill pan or a heavy skillet.
- Cut the loaf of bread horizontally and open, place cut side up. Spread both sides of the bread with the Mango Chutney.
- Place the cheese on one side of the bread. Top with the ham, turkey, pear and spinach leaves. Place the other half of the bread on top. Spread both sides of the bread with the olive oil. Cut the loaf crosswise into 4 sandwiches.
- Grill 2 sandwiches at a time on the panini press. It will take about 6 to 7 minutes. If you use a skillet or grill pan. Place the panini in the pan and place a heavy object (like a heavy skillet) on top to flatten it slightly. Cook until toasted and then flip and toast the other side.
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