Big Game Week: Pastrami and Aged Cheddar Football Panini

by on January 30, 2012

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It’s that time of year again – Big Game Panini Week! Each year I create sandwiches in honor of each of the teams playing in the Super Bowl. A reader, Joanne, suggested on the Panini Happy Facebook community that since this year’s matchup between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots is a “chowder showdown” the sandwiches should pair well with Manhattan and New England clam chowder, respectively. It sounded pretty logical to me!

Tomato-based Manhattan clam chowder can definitely hold its own alongside the bold flavors in these Pastrami, Aged New York Cheddar and Peperoncini Panini. You can’t help but think “deli” when you think about New York City sandwiches. One of the city’s most famous is Katz’s Deli, where they’ve been serving their prized, enormous hot pastrami sandwich for decades. Here, I’ve matched pastrami with some sharp aged New York cheddar, tangy peperoncini (aka sweet Italian peppers) and a bold homemade horseradish sauce on pumpernickel. For fun, I decided to cut the bread into football shapes and decorate them with more of the horseradish sauce. I’m strongly tempted to invite people over to watch the game on Sunday just so I can make these again.

New England fans: get ready to see what I grilled for your team later this week!

Draw a football-shaped template on a piece of paper and cut the shape out of bread with kitchen shears

Pastrami and Aged Cheddar Football Panini with Peperoncini and Horseradish Sauce

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny January 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

These are really cute!

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2 Jeanette January 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

What a cute idea – you are so clever!

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3 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living January 31, 2012 at 8:04 am

What a clever idea! Love it =).

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4 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 31, 2012 at 8:08 am

Adorable! And this New Yorker who now lives in New England loves pastrami (especially from Katz’s).

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5 Lori @ RecipeGirl January 31, 2012 at 8:15 am

Very cute :)

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6 Kelly Senyei January 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

These are SO cute, Kathy! Love, love, love them!!!

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7 Eliana January 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

Love that you made these into footballs. They look so darn cute.

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8 Kalyn January 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

How do you do it year after year? Very impressive.

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9 Kathy January 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I cross my fingers that a new set of teams are playing each year, lol. :-)

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10 A Brown Table February 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

How cute, these look absolutely perfect for the super bowl!

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11 Brends @ Meal Planning Magic February 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

Kathy, I just wanted to let you know that I made these last night for Super Bowl for my family and they LOVED the sandwiches! Loved them! Even my picky-eater son gobbled his up. They really are so easy (say that b/c I sometimes get intimidated by complicated sandwich prep) but I think the combo of flavors was just perfect. Thanks for a fun and tasty recipe!

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12 Kathy February 6, 2012 at 7:30 am

That’s so great to hear, Brenda! I’m glad you made them and that you all enjoyed them. :-)

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