Monday, February 21, 2011

Panini

Paninis are Italian sandwiches, that have now become international. I had my first Panino in Venice, Italy in 2003 during our Europe trip. Since then, I've developed a liking for this toasty, warm Italian sandwiches. I am not a sandwich person per se but I love to have paninis every now and then. I've learned from my Italian co-workers that paninis are customarilly made from a small loaf or roll of bread, typically a ciabatta. The loaf is horizontally cut and filled with Italian cold cuts like salami,ham, cheese, mortadella or other food. Now that is has gone international, we can fill it up with almost anything and make our version of paninis. Personally, I prefer lots of roasted vegetables and a slice or two of good cheese and I am good to go. That is exactly what I did with this panini. I had leftover grilled veggies like colored peppers, onions and portobello mushrooms. I also had ciabatta rolls that called for paninis. I made Sriracha mayonnaise(regular mayo + as much Sriracha as you can handle!) and slathered on the rolls. Then loaded up the rolls with veggies and slices of fresh bufala mozzarella and topped them off with peppery arugula. Put another slice of the roll back on top of it, and grilled it in my panini press. And presto! I got filling, hot sandwiches for supper ready to enjoy. I served it with roasted baby potatoes.
There is no recipe for this sandwich as it only requires a sturdy bread to stand the heat of the panini press and the rest is all upto our imagination.

6 comments:

  1. I adore paninis. Your post reminds me I haven’t had it since a very LONG time..
    Looks very delicious :)


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  2. Love paninis, my fav anytime..

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  3. Wow.. tht picture is making me crave for one.. perfectly toasted.. delicious...and so jealous that you had an europe trip!! :P

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  4. Hey,

    Yummy and tasty paninis...:)

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  5. wow...your pics are so goodd !!!!! looks really yummy !!!!!

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