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Desktop Panini 101

Tired of brown-bagging cold sandwiches? Here's my method for making hot, crusty paninoteca-style delights in my cubicle with no fuss and no mess. I've been doing it all week and I'm hooked.

This is so darn simple, it's really more of a method than a recipe.
Desktop Panini
1 roll of aluminum foil
1 George Foreman grill or electric waffle iron
electrical socket
desk space
sandwich of your choice

1. Plug in grill/iron. (Don't plug it into the same outlet as your computer. I'm not going to be responsible for the productivity dive when you blow a fuse or something.)
2. Wrap sandwich in foil.
3. Toast sandwich in grill/iron for 12-16 minutes.

A few sample panini combos to try:
Cuban sandwiches (mustard, pork, ham & Provolone with pickles)
Roast beef & cheddar
Reubens or "Rachel" sandwiches (turkey, sauerkraut, thousand-island dressing & swiss)
Roasted onion, red pepper & sun-dried tomato
Turkey, provolone & pesto with hummus
Sauerkraut, grainy mustard & pastrami

I find desktop panino work best with sandwiches that include cheese, but now that I think about it, I bet a Nutella-banana sandwich would be tasty, too.

Whatever you go with, it'll end up toasty on the outside, gooey on the inside. Easy-peasy, yummy and cheesy. Downside? Jealous coworkers will smell what you're up to...

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6.02.2005

3 Comments:

Blogger megwoo said...

That's a brilliant idea! I love it!

Did you see the blurb in F&W a few months back about a writer who got hooked on his panini press? He was doing all sorts of weird stuff in it, but the best sounding one was a glazed donut, squished and warmed until crisp. Uuugh.

6/03/2005  
Blogger MissGinsu said...

Seriously? I missed that, but it sounds fantastic. I bet the heat makes the glaze gooey and livens up the yeasty aromas in the donut.

Nice! That said, there's nothin' to compare with fresh outta the fryer...

6/06/2005  
Blogger Kevin said...

Like you, I'm addicted to panini. Unlike you (and fortunately), I don't have to cook and eat at a desk.

http://seriouslygood.kdweeks.com/2005/06/panini.html

6/20/2005  

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