Turkey and Cheese Paninis

It rained all through the night and we woke to glistening tree limbs and icy roads this morning. Oh the cold and wet of February. I long for warmer days and lemonade. I got to thinking about our vacation last summer and thought to share one of our adventures that went from historic to delicious. One of our destinations during our vacation last August, was West Point, NY. We were given a private tour of the USMA by an old Army buddy of my husband’s. It was a perfect day as our tour began at Trophy Point, on up to the Chapel, and ending at Fort Putnam. We worked up a hardy appetite and were invited back to our friend’s home to visit a bit and “catch up”. We were served these snappy little noshes complete with salad bar and watermelon. The piquant sandwich spread single-handedly resuscitated the archaic and boring old turkey and cheese sandwich (don’t go toward the light!) and gave it an admirable second chance at life.

Turkey and Cheese Paninis
One pound turkey slices
8 slices provolone or Swiss cheese
8 slices fresh artisan bread
Butter for spreading the outsides of the sandwiches
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grainy-brown mustard
1/2 T. dried thyme

Preheat and lightly grease skillet or grill. Layer cheese and turkey over four slices of bread. Mix together onion, mayo, mustard and thyme until well blended. Spread the other four slices generously with mayo spread. Place on top of turkey and cheese. On outside of each sandwich, smather with butter and grill on each side until golden and cheese is melted.

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