Sunday, September 12, 2010

Panini Party

I was looking for a quick and easy meal a few days ago and remembered a panini recipe I wanted to try.

This is great with a cup of clear soup, such as tortellini in broth, for a nice light, but filling meal.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Spinach Panini
Serves 4
318 calories per

4 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
fresh cracked black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 loaf ciabatta, cut in half lengthwise (approximately 7-8oz loaf)
4 oz prosciutto
4 (3/4 oz) slices part skim mozzarella cheese
2 medium tomatoes, sliced thick
2 cups fresh spinach
cooking spray

Combine vinegar, olive oil, pepper, and garlic. Brush onto the cut sides of the bread.

On the bottom half of the bread, layer prosciutto, cheese, tomato, and spinach. Replace the top of the bread. Cut into 4 equal portions.

Spray lightly with cooking spray.

Cooking option 1:
Preheat a counter top grill that has double sided cooking such as a George Foreman. Place panini on the griddle surface. Close the lid. Weigh the top down with a heavy skillet. Cook 6-7 minutes until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.

Cooking option 2:
Preheat a large grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add panini to the pan. Place a heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches to weigh them down. Cook 3 minutes. Flip, replace lid and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and the bread is toasty.

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