Ham & Cheese Panini’s

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I have this great panini press that I almost never use.  It is tucked away in a cabinet and when I am putting weekend lunches together I simply forget that it is in there which is a shame because panini’s or toasted sandwiches are a fun alternative to the typical sandwich.  I made simply scrumptious ham and cheese panini’s.  

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I start with a good crusty bread from the bakery, fresh greens, ham, cheese and fruit, either apples or pears. 

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This was an italian bread with sesame seeds, baked fresh on the day. 

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A little spicy brown mustard on one side of a slice of bread. 

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Thinly sliced Bosc pears add a lovely crunch and sweetness to the sandwich. 

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Time to assemble….bread, cheese, ham, green, and a slice of pear.   

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On the other slice of bread I also add another piece of ham and a slice of the cheese. 

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The panini press is on and has been heating up while I assembled the sandwiches. 

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I use a little bit of butter on the outer sides of the bread, I like the flavor and richness the butter adds to the sandwiches but you could use olive oil or margarine if you prefer.  Sandwiches side by side on the press.

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Lid down and add some pressure to really squish down the sandwiches and make contact with the hot plates of the press.

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Oh my gosh…look how yummy.  The cheese has melted and is oozing out and the bread is wonderfully toasted and crisp.

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The finished product!  Delicious on a plate with some fresh salad greens.

Enjoy!
-Andi

 


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