The fresh, robust flavors of Italian grilled sandwiches.
A panini is an Italian-inspired pressed sandwich enjoyed throughout Italy and, increasingly, in North American cafĂ©s, restaurants and kitchens. Italians regard panini as fast food thanks to its easy preparation, which also accounts for its success in North America. Sales of panini makers have skyrocketed, with small appliance manufacturers releasing new models each year.
Tiffany Collins provides great recipes that replicate the bistro experience and maximize the use of a home panini maker. Among the recipes for this vibrant, flavorful food are:
This Italian tradition can now be experienced at home and enjoyed by the whole family.
Tiffany Collins is design director for Southern Living magazine, and has developed and been the spokesperson for the Dillard's and Southern Living Home Design Seminar. She spent six seasons as the foods and entertaining specialist with the Southern Living Cooking School. A spokesperson for and contributing editor to Cooking Light, Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines, she lives in Austin, Texas.
from the Introduction
WHEN I WAS ASKED to write 200 Best Panini Recipes, my initial reaction was, You better know I will! Then I thought, Are there really 200 panini recipes?
But just as my mom was, I am the master of sandwiches. I have been told I make the best sandwiches, and I think this is because I believe sandwich ingredients have zero limitation. And what is a panini but a pressed, grilled sandwich? When I looked at it that way, I knew I could create 200 plus.
The potential ingredient lineup for sandwiches are endless, as are the combinations of flavors, both traditional and unusual. And you can take almost any sandwich and turn it into a panini, with a bit oflandscaping. You know, to keep the ingredients from oozing out too much. Once you step outside of the panini "box," you'll find that there are a million irresistible possibilities.
In this book, I've included many of my favorite sandwiches, such as Turkey Panini with Cranberry Chutney and Sunflower Seeds (page 110), Beef and Brie Panini (page 127) and Shrimp Club Panini (page 80). I put my own spin on some traditional sandwich recipes, such as the classic Reuben Panini (page 135), the Monte Cristo Panini (page 143) and the Philly Chicken Panini (page 182). I figured out ways to reinvent other recipes I enjoy as delicious panini, as with the Chicken Caesar Panini (page 92), the Lobster Fontina Panini (page 84) and my signature sandwich, The Tiffany (page 166), which incorporates my favorite pizza toppings. I polled my friends and family to learn what flavor combinations they enjoy and turned those ingredients into panini, such as Marcia's Tuna and Swiss Panini (page 62) and the Open-Face Hawaiian Melt (page 218), my daughter's favorite treat. And I experimented to create brand-new flavor combinations that exceeded even my own expectations, such as Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Bacon Panini (page 158), Sardine and Balsamic Tomato Panini (page 64) and Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Panini with Toasted Almonds (page 227).
Table of Contents
Breakfast and Brunch Panini