Chicken Caesar Panini

I’ve mentioned this before, but my favorite kitchen appliance is my Panini press. Not only can you make amazing sandwiches and desserts on it but you can also grill other things as well (like the cooked chicken for the recipe could easily be cooked on the Panini press, shrimp, veggies…) without going into the scorching Arizona summer heat. Well, when we first got married, the only salad my husband liked was Caesar salad, so it’s what I ended up making a lot for dinner. We would go through quite a lot of salad dressing and I was always trying new and different brands of Caesar dressing. One day I found Brianna’s Home Style Caesar Dressing with Asiago Cheese… I don’t know what it is about it, but the only thing better than this dressing is real homemade (and not to dis anybody, but I’ll bet it’s even better than some homemade kinds). My husband is a highschool English teacher and the topic of deconstructing narratives often comes up in normal everyday conversation, which got me thinking that I could deconstruct a Caesar salad and make a Caesar Panini! We add avocado and tomato because we love it that way and usually add both to our Caesar salads…but you, by all means, don’t have to since they aren’t traditionally in Caesar salad!

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Original Recipe by Goodies & Guests

Makes: 2 Sandwiches

Ingredients:

4 Slices of sturdy bread (sourdough or whatever is your favorite)

6 slices of Bacon, cooked & crumbled (click here to see how to cook it in the oven)

1 Chicken Breast, cooked & shredded (try using this grilled marinated chicken)

1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

4 TBS Caesar Dressing (I highly recommend Brianna’s Home Style Caesar with asiago cheese)

1 Avocado, thinly sliced (optional)

1 Tomato, de-seeded and thinly sliced (optional) Click here to see how to easily de-seed a tomato.

Instructions:

Step 1: Take your 4 slices of bread and spread 1 TBS of the Caesar dressing on each slice.

Step 2: If you’re using avocado and/or tomato, put these on top of the bottom slice of bread.

Step 3: Next put ½ of the shredded chicken breast on each sandwich and the bacon on top of the chicken.

Step 4: Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top, close the lid and place on the Panini press for 4-5 minutes, or until the bread is toasty golden and the cheese is melting.

Step 5: Cut in half and serve.

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July 12, 2010. Tags: , , , . Lunch, Recipes. 4 comments.

Ham & Cheese Panini

Our panini press is probably my favorite kitchen wedding gift of all time. It turns a simple sandwich into a 5 star little bistro experience. I’ve found that almost anything can be thrown between two pieces of good bread and once its paninied, it’s delicious.

This however is one of my favorites.

Ingredients:

Bread (2 slices per sandwich, I prefer sourdough)

2 TBS Pesto (per sandwich)

smidge of mayo (optional)

2 slices of honey ham (per sandwich)

5 basil leaves (per sandwich)

2 slices provolone or swiss cheese (Jarlsberg is the BEST but a little pricey)

1/2 avocado (per sandwich)

1 tomato (per sandwich…I use Roma tomatoes)

First: turn on panini press to the highest setting possible

Second: now really all you need to do is assemble the sandwich. The order I put them in is:

bread

pesto

tomatoes

basil

avocado

ham

cheese

smidge of mayo

bread

really, the order doesn’t matter a whole lot…it’s important though to put the cheese right next to a slice of bread so it melts well (half melted cheese is no beuno)

Note: I never butter the outside of the bread because it toasts well without it and I choose to do without the added calories.

Third: once the panini press is heated up place the sandwich is the middle of the grill and leave it for about 5 minutes or until the bread to a toasty golden color.

Finally: slide the beautiful panini onto a plate, cut in half, let cool for about a minute, and enjoy!!!

June 28, 2010. Tags: , , . Lunch. 1 comment.