It’s Panini paradise at my house.
I love making paninis at home. It’s a fabulous way to use up odds and ends that have been knocking around in the frig over the last week. Other than buying the bread, I rarely have to go out and buy the fillings themselves. I stock up on the foccacia when it’s on sale and get at least 2 or 3 loaves. I put them in the freezer and grab one when I need it over the course of the next month or so. The fillings are usually left overs from meals earlier in the week and sometimes deli meat if I have some in the deli drawer. I typically have caramelized onions on hand and some sort of cheese and sliced apple, that’s a standby. The panini shown above has deli meat, avocado, tomato, banana peppers and cheese.
My mom and stepdad came to visit recently and I made them paninis for lunch. They loved it! They’d never made them at home and I think my mom thought of it as a bit of a novelty. She asked me how often I made them for the family. I probably only roll out the “Panini Press” a couple of times each month but I think it’s a great way to use up left overs and have a delicious, super easy panini at home.
This is my panini press. As you can see, you can also make burgers and all sorts of other things with it.
Here are three examples of how leftovers can become a unique and mouth-watering sandwich. Extra pizza ingredients like mozzarella cheese, pasta sauce and pepperoni come together beautifully to make an Italian Pizza Panini. Leftover refried beans, taco meat and toppings combine for an amazing Mexican Panini. If you’ve never had refried beans on a freshly baked roll, oh my….try it. And, turkey deli meat, sauerkraut with cheese and thousand island dressing make and unforgettable turkey reuben panini which we dubbed the Irish Panini.
We got silly and made flags. Dorky but cute.