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.

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?


  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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