Double Duty, Waffle Iron Paninis
Jan. 19, 2011 11:32 am
Updated: Feb. 2, 2011 10:05 am
My Take on Paninis
A few weeks ago on the
buzz, Justus&Dane's Mom was speculating about using a waffle iron as a panini press. I'm always searching for new ways to use some of my kitchen gadgets and I have never used a panini press. Indeed, I've never eaten a sandwich that was labelled a panini.
So I scheduled it into my weekly menu plan and put the materials I would need on my grocery list.
Focaccia was my bread of choice and I made my own smaller rounds using the kitchen aid. I did one batch of whole wheat and one batch of white and, as usual, the white turned out softer and fluffier the whole wheat a little on
the dense side. While I was pre-heating my waffle iron, I set up a panini station so that I would be able to assemble the paninis more easily giving me the time to pay close attention to my waffle iron. I wasn't sure just how long to cook them or even if
it was going to work.
My husband decided he wanted a ham and mustard panini so I sliced his focaccia in half and smeared both sides with mayonniase. I layered two slices of ham, mozzerella cheese, thinly sliced onions and red peppers on the bottom
and spread a generous amount of dijon mustard over the mayo on the top. For the children I decided to do mayo, ham, mozza and pickles. For my own panini I spread a mixture of mayo and basil pesto on my focaccia topped with leftover shredded chicken, mozza,
tomato and red peppers.
Once the sandwiches where assembled and the waffle iron was hot I placed a panini onto my ancient waffle iron and held my breath, would it close? I lifted up on the top side of the iron and holding onto the top edge of my panini
so it wouldn't slide off I gently pushed down on the iron. Eureka!! It closed easily. I pressed down hard on top with a pot holder between my hands and the hot iron to flatten the panini somewhat. Then I used a heavy soapstone bowl as a weight so that
I could clean up my mess and set the table. Each panini took about 12-15 minutes, the pesto chicken one taking a little longer as it was on the full side. The end result was a delicious meal that my whole family enjoyed.
ham and pickles panini
Waffle Iron panini
pesto chicken panini