The Panini Press

Today, I bought my first panini press. What an amazing little machine…. makes sandwiches and quesadillas look amazing!

In the past, I have used my stove top griddle pan or just my skillet to make paninis and quesadillas etc. It works just fine, especially if you don’t want to own another kitchen gadget. However, since our space in our cooking class at Daniels Farm doesn’t have a stove, I thought it was the perfect excuse to purchase one of these beautiful machines. I purchased a small, Cuisinart Panini Press but it does the job and I foresee a lot of grilled sandwiches in my future!

On tonight’s menu, I made Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Panini’s. These were absolutely delicious and so easy to pull together for dinner. I used my homemade pesto sauce for the sandwiches but there are a lot of top quality pesto sauces at your local supermarket or farmers market. If you want to make your own, it’s super easy to make in your food processor or blender and so delicious!

I also tested out some Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas in my new Panini Press. I think I prefer these quesadillas to the Chicken ones that I usually get at Mexican restaurants and so much healthier, filled with black beans, corn, green and red peppers, onions, fresh garlic, tomatoes – just so YUMMY!

So, make it a Panini night tonight with these delicious recipes!

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