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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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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.

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...

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.



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