I can’t serve my guests panini for dinner, can I?

DSC01861 Usually when I have company for dinner, I like to make a special meal, especially an Italian dish because that is what I am good at cooking. But our company was coming over on a weeknight, Panini Night to be exact. Why not I thought? I couldn’t hand-crank pasta anyway with this busted shoulder so it may as well be Panini for all. Now this turned out to be a perfect solution to entertaining and cooking with one arm. All one-armed people take note. A good at home Panini Bar is simply offering various spreads, condiments, meats, cheeses, breads, and veggies, most of which I had in my fridge or easily bought from the market that day. Set out the Panini Press and tada everyone has a field day making their own. In fact, my guests loved the theme so much that they had two Panini each. Bless my heart.

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Offerings…
2 artisan loaves of sliced bread
Cheddar and Muenster Cheese
Ham and Turkey Deli Meats
Fresh Spinach
Artichoke Spread
Chive Cream Cheese Spread
Mayo and 2 types of Mustards
Mango Salsa
Kickles- Pickles with a kick
Seedless Raspberry Jelly
Melted butter to brush on the outside of the bread for grilling
Tomato Soup in a crockpot served in mugs
Brownies, strawberries, and whipped cream for dessert- and yes I did somehow manage to make from-scratch brownies one-handed.

For more Panini ideas go on over to Kathy’s site Panini Happy.  She is the master!

I use the Breville Smart Grill that I had purchased for when I was teaching cooking classes in the Farmer’s Market. This little press/grill has been wonderful. The link is to my Amazon store, so if you buy the grill I get a teeny tiny payback which helps in keeping this blog going. Thanks!

What is your favorite Panini Combinations? Have you found any that kids like best?

4 Comments

  1. Posted February 21, 2013 at 7:24 AM | Permalink

    As a sandwich man, you can serve me one anytime. I like your make-your-own bar – we’ve done it for pzza and it’s always a hit. I can see why your guests really enjoyed it.

  2. Posted February 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout, Robin Sue! Hope you’re doing well. 🙂 I made sopressata, mozzarella and pesto panini for my 3yo yesterday and he loved it!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted February 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM | Permalink

      Ohh and Italian Panino, sounds delish. Mine would like that too!

  3. Posted February 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    i love how you put the deli meats in jars Robin Sue! looks good!

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