Panini Pursuit, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Panini Pursuit

By Beverly Hicks Burch

Last month while we were visiting Tall & Handsome’s family up North, his sister gave us a Panini maker she wanted to get off her hands. She’d used it once, set it up in the cabinet and never used it again.

Well, you know T & H and I haven’t met too many cooking techniques we don’t like or don’t want to try at least once. And, since both of us have enjoyed a good Panini at one time or the other, we thought it might be neat to try some homemade ones.

Before setting of on our Panini adventure we did a little research on Panini recipes. We found several we want to try…but we also thought we’d play around and see what we could come up on our own.

We had made some Chicken and Wild Rice soup over the weekend using a rotisserie chicken. We had a little chicken left we wanted to use, so we decided to make Paninis for super this evening. This is what we came up with and they were pretty darn good!

Chicken, Ham and Pear Panini

For each Panini you will need:

2 sliced of Italian bread

Sliced cooked chicken

Sliced ham

Provolone cheese

Fresh pear slices

Honey mustard

Hand slice the Italian bread with a diagonal cut to create more surface on the bread. Spread honey mustard on one side of each slice.

Hand slice the bread

Hand slice Italian bread…

Next layer or build you Panini by placing the chicken, the ham, the cheese and the pear slices on one slice of bread. Top with the other bread slice.

Add chicken

Add chicken…

Add ham

Add ham…

Add cheese

Add cheese…

Add pears

Add pears..

Lightly spread the outer sides of the bread with butter (we use Land O’Lakes Light spreadable butter in a tub).

Lightky soread with butter

Spread lightly with butter…

Place in a Panini maker or pan and apply a Panini press to flatten the sandwich as it cooks.

Grill 2 – 4 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy

Enjoy!

© 2009 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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