Sunday, April 25, 2010

Croissant Panini

Another day, another sandwich. I swear, I do eat more things than sandwiches lately. I hope you like this one. It's really rich and great if you need something comforting at the end of a long day.

Croissant Panini
Recipe by Giada de Laurentiis, adapted
Serves 4

4 croissants
4 ounces Gouda, grated (about 1 1/3 cups)
8 teaspoons grated Parmesan
16 slices Genoa salami
8 slices ham

Heat a panini grill. Place about 1/3 cup gouda on each croissant. Sprinkle with 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese. Top each side with about 3-4 slices salami and 1-2 slices of ham. Put the top of the croissant on each sandwich and grill the panini until the cheese melts, about 3 to 4 minutes. (I don't have a panini press so I used my grill pan and placed a heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches. I grilled for about 3 minutes per side).

Venetian Panino

There isn't a whole lot to say about this sandwich except that it's really simple, but one of the best sandwiches I've eaten in a while. So I'll keep this post simple and tell you that you have to make one. In fact, make one as a snack right now.

Venetian Panino

Recipe by Giada de Laurentiis, adapted
Makes 6 sandwiches

8 ounces Gruyere, shredded
4 TBSP butter, at room temperature
1 garlic clove, chopped
12 ounces sliced turkey (I think proscuitto would be great, too)
12 slices sourdough bread
6 TBSP olive oil

Mix together the butter, cheese, and garlic in a food processor. Blend until the mixture is thick, but spreadable.

Spread the cheese mixture over 1 side of each slice of bread. Place 2 slices of turkey on top of 6 of the slices of bread. Top sandwiches with the remaining bread slices, cheese mixture side down, pressing gently to adhere.

Heat oil (about 3 TBSP) in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Cook half of the sandwiches until golden brown and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and sandwiches. Cut in half or thirds and serve immediately.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bagel Sandwiches

I almost feel silly posting this because it's so simple. However, I decided to go for it because I think these sandwiches are great and because, as I've said before, I firmly believe everyone needs basic, quick recipes for those nights where you just don't have the time or energy to cook.

This is one of my favorite sandwiches. It's incredibly satisfying and it can be put together in a matter of minutes. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Turkey Bagel Sandwiches
Cook & Prep Time - 10 minutes

Everything bagels
sliced deli turkey (any lunch meat would be great - turkey is my favorite)
sliced onions
sliced tomato
sliced cheese

Lightly toast the bagels.

Assemble the sandwiches by placing the lunch meat on the bottom of a bagel. Top with sliced onions and any other veggies you want, like tomato. Top with your favorite sliced cheese.

Bake for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees or until the cheese begins to melt.