National Panini Month PLUS Our Top 5 Favorite Recipes

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August 24th is National Waffle Day, but you probably already knew this, thanks to the Facebook Giveaway going on right now. Check it out here!  However, when we found out that August is also "National Panini Month," we decided that it was the perfect time to re-visit some of our favorite panini recipes. Here are our top 5:  1. Turkey, Brie, Fig & Arugula Panini on Ciabatta Satisfying in every way, this panini variation has a sweet fig flavor coupled with creamy brie and spicy arugula.  Using a sandwich knife, cut your ciabatta bread in half. With a basting brush, brush extra virgin olive oil followed by fig spread on the inside of the cut bread. Add a few slices of turkey meat, thinly sliced brie cheese, and a generous topping of arugula, then press to perfection!  2. Caprese Panini on Focaccia A spin-off of the classic Caprese salad, this panini is a great, meatless option that's a crowd pleaser every time!  With a sandwich  knife, cut a large piece of focaccia bread in half. Brush the inside of the bread with extra virgin olive oil. Cut 2-3 generous slices of fresh beefsteak tomatoes followed by 2-3 slices of fresh buffalo mozzarella (or burrata if you have it. Even better.) Arrange the slices on the cut bread with a few sprigs of basil and season generously with salt and pepper. Press and enjoy!  3. Grilled Eggplant, Pesto, and Pecorino (with a bread of your choosing) This is another meatless option that is fresh and filling. If you're an eggplant lover you won't be disappointed. Trust us.  Start by slicing a small eggplant in 1/2 inch thick slices and seasoning with a brush of extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper. In a saute pan, heat up a little olive oil with a sprig of rosemary and 2 cloves of garlic. Once the pan is hot, grill the slices on either side until they are cooked through. Meanwhile, cut the panini bread, brush with extra virgin olive and a layer of pesto, and add on the cooked eggplant and slices of mozzarrella (about 3 each) before pressing. De-lish.  4. Proscuitto, Lettuce and Tomato with Lemon Mayo on Sourdough This is a very simple recipe that incorporates one of Italy's most traditional meats, prosciutto, with a simple lettuce and tomato, and it's accented by a light and zesty mayo spread.  The measurments for the lemon mayo are up to you per your preference {do you like a panini that's heavy on the mayo or more zesty?} In a small bowl, Squeeze a touch of lemon juice and add a touch of zest to the mayonnaise of your choosing. Taste as you go. Spread the mayo on the inside of the cut sourdough bread and layer on thinly sliced pieces of prosciutto, tomatoes, and a generous dose of lettuce for good measure. Press in a panini griller and enjoy. This is great served cold as well.  5. Roasted Red Peppers, Pecorino & Prosciutto on Focaccia We're finishing up the list of our Top 5 Favorite Panini Recipes with one that is classic Italian. What's not to love about a hot sandwich filled with smokey roasted red peppers, creamy Italian Pecorino cheese, and a flavorful prosciutto?  Slice the bread of your choosing in half (we like focaccia with this), and with a basting brush, brush on a thin layer of your best extra virgin olive oil. Whether you decide to roast your own bell peppers or you buy them from a jar, line them along one of the slices of bread with thinly shaved pecorino and a few slices of paper-thin prosciutto. Then, (I think you know what's coming).... Press to perfection.... and Enjoy!    PANINI TIPS 
  • One of the most important things to remember when making a panini is to cut the bread thin enough so that the press or grill can effectively do its job. After all, the whole objective is to have your ingredients slowly press and melt together. Keep your bread super thin and you will achieve.
  • If you want to be authentic and molto Italiano try not to over-stuff the panini. Get fresh, quality ingredients and keep it simple. You won't be disappointed.
  • Purchasing a Panini Grill is a great investment because they don't take up much space, they are quick and efficient, simple in their design, and the options are endless in making the perfect sandwich for you, your family, or the customers in your restaurant. Depending on usage, you can decide between a single(110V) or a double (220-240V) grill model, some of which have ridges on one or both sides so that you can create a flat surface or that pressed, "rippled" effect. 
 Looking for a Panini Press of your own? Shop our selection here!  What's your favorite panini recipe? We'd love to hear from you!

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