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We were trying to decide on what to make for lunch on St Patrick’s Day. Being on a Sunday this year, and we usually make Panini’s for lunch, we decided to try an Irish inspired creation. After a quick trip to the local deli, we picked up some shaved corned beef, a fresh loaf of whole wheat crusty bread and some aged cheddar. The creation tasted great and was a hit with the kids. Tell us what you think of this recipe, or what you changed with the recipe to make it your own.
Enjoy with your favourite stout or cream ale.]]>
The other night we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with our extended family. The main dish was pork tenderloin in a brown sugar marinade, cooked in the slow cooker for 8 hours (recipe was adapted from here). The meal was a hit! The next day we were trying to decide what to make for dinner. Wanting to do something with the delicious pork tenderloin, we decided to turn it into a Panini, using only ingredients on hand. The result was an amazing, hearty and flavourful sandwich – perfect for a cool autumn night.
For the kids, we omitted the grilled pepper and jalapeno cheese, using a sharp cheddar instead. They loved this Panini! We hope you find this recipe inspiring. Tell us how you enjoyed it or how you prepared it differently!
Whether its kids, or the kid in us, who doesn’t love a classic PB&J sandwich? One day, my kids felt chilled at lunch time, and they asked me to warm up their peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the microwave. I reluctantly obliged, but to my surprise, it tasted pretty good warmed up. That’s when I got the idea of making a panini out of it – especially since my kids love anything that comes out of the panini pan.
On my first attempt at the PB&J panini, I used my home made peanut butter along with concord grape jelly. As a sweet and fun bread choice, I used thick sliced raisin bread. Pressing the panini for only a couple of minutes to make the bread golden brown resulted in a warm and tasty treat.
For those with peanut allergies (like one of the authors here at Gourmet Ontario), there is an excellent roasted soy-based alternative to peanut butter called WOW Butter. Its the only product we’ve tried that actually tastes like real peanut butter. It’s also safe to use in schools that have bans on nut products.
When I need to make a quick, hearty lunch for the kids, or for a bite to eat in the afternoon when on a break from yardwork, I turn to the Meatball Panini. It’s definitely tasty, filling, and rather comforting. The recipe that I have uses lean turkey meatballs, but you can always use your favourite beef meatball recipe, or a soy-based vegetarian alternative if you desire. The sourdough bread provides an additional dimension to the panini, as the texture is soft, yet more dense than slices of Italian bread, and it has more flavour.
Today is March 14th, also known as Pi Day but I like to think if it as Pie Day. While I won’t be making a pie for dessert for today, I am considering making a pizza for dinner. That is still a “pie” right?
I received a cookbook for Christmas on homemade pizzas titled “Pizza” by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson. The book has numerous fantastic recipe ideas and beautiful pizza photography. I’ve made many of the recipes in this book, and I have adapted two of my favourites below.
What is your favourite homemade pizza?