Thursday, July 23, 2009


focaccia or ciabatta bread
1/2 pound salami
1/2 pound prosciutto
1/2 pound provolone cheese
olive oil

I found a loaf of focaccia bread at the bakery and cut it into six portions. You could also use the individual ciabatta rolls (really, whatever works!) Place sliced provolone on each half and meat in the middle. I only used mustard with the salami. Place sandwich together and brush with olive oil. Place on preheated panini press or grill and press down. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is crisp.
I don't have a panini press, but I do have a George Foreman and it worked perfectly. You could get really creative with paninis and make them according to your own taste. A fresh mozzarella, tomato & basil would be fantastic. Adding a little pear or arugula to the provolone and prosciutto would also be great. I wish I had been thinking more clearly and I would have sprinkled a little rosemary on the cheese. That's because this was a last minute dinner and I just started throwing stuff together. Not bad for "one of those nights!"
I served them with some fresh berries and some Italian pickled vegetables. These will be taking the place of a standard grilled cheese. The whole family loved them!
And let me just mention that the cheese that melts on the grill and gets all crusty is one of the BEST parts.


Frieda said...

What a great idea to use your foreman grill as a panni press! Now, I've got a hankerin' for some ham and fresh mozzarella....

diane said...

I want crusty cheese! I guess I better buy a George Foreman grill.

Valerie said...

So easy, but it looks sooo good.

the twins said...

i love panini and yours look fantastic!

Christine Medifast said...

I am definitely one that caves for anything when it comes to a fresh made panini. Finally convinced my husband to buy a panini press and it seems like I am using it every day. Definitely one of the best sandwich options out there.

Love your recipe idea. May have to cook up some salmon and give it a try.

Thanks for sharing this,

Christine M.