By day #4 of not having a refrigerator, I’m really getting to the bottom of the barrel in terms of what I can create for a meal. This is what I have to work with: some deli sliced smoked turkey, sliced cheddar cheese and sliced provolone, a few strips of bacon, and a tomato. Does that sound to you like it could become a sandwich? That’s what I thought, too. EXCEPT we don’t have any bread. So, I had to cheat a little. I stopped at the grocery store and got a few rolls. So for dinner this evening we had Toasted Panini Sandwiches with Sweet Potato chips and pickles.
A while ago I treated myself to a Panini//Grill pan. I’m so glad I did. I no longer use the electric sandwich toaster I had been using, choosing now to make grilled sandwiches on the stove top using the panini grill. Plus this grill pan is great for grilling burgers or steaks and chops quickly indoors if you can’t use the outdoor grille. Note that the pan comes with a weighted flat cover that is used to compress sandwiches, or anything else that you want to keep flat as it grills.
This is a little off today’s subject, but I also have a George Forman Grill that I don’t use. I’m not pleased with the results when I use it. Instead of getting a nice browned sear on meats, mine seem to steam-cook rather than grill. Am I doing something wrong? If anyone reading this has any suggestions for me I’d love to hear them. Thanks.
The rolls I purchased were sesame bulky rolls. So, starting with the rolls, slice each one in half, and spread each cut side with a little mayonnaise. Next start layering in the fillings: thinly sliced turkey breast, as many slices as you like, and sliced cheese.
Then lay on the already cooked bacon slices, and sliced tomatoes. A sprinkle of seasoned salt on the tomatoes is good, or regular table salt.
Lightly butter the bottom of each roll and place on the heated panini grill pan. Place the flat weight on top of the sandwiches to press them, and toast till nicely browned on the bottom. Now lightly butter the tops and flip over so the top get toasty and browned, the filling continues to heat and cheese melts. Be careful to keep the heat on low or the rolls will become too crisp before the fillings heat and melt.
This is what the sandwiches looked like while grilling,
And this is what the finished sandwiches look like:
Note the top side of the sandwich; it has grill markings on it, and the top is nice and toasty. I like to use sesame rolls for this because the sesame seeds get toasted and their flavor is more pronounced. Yum! Wish you could taste this—-it was great.