Big Game Week: Turkey, Bacon and Swiss Panini

by on January 28, 2013

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Longtime readers of Panini Happy could already predict what’s happening on the blog this week – it’s my annual Big Game Week, where I share football-worthy panini press recipes celebrating each of the two teams playing in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco 49ersI can’t claim to be a devoted football fan, but I do enjoy the spectacle of the Super Bowl…and its food. And, as a Bay Area native, I’m excited to see the San Francisco 49ers in the big game this year! There are a million different directions I could have gone in to honor San Francisco, it’s such an incredible food town. Ultimately, I kept coming back to sourdough bread…I just couldn’t make San Francisco-themed panini without it. And so we have Turkey, Bacon and Swiss Panini with Green Goddess mayonnaise on sourdough. Looking at the photos now, they’re even sporting the team colors, scarlet and gold. :-)


San Francisco is definitely famous for its tangy sourdough bread, but did you know that the city lays claim to the original Green Goddess dressing as well? I learned this back when I first made very garlic and herby, and very green Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Panini. Mixing those same punchy flavors into mayonnaise makes an especially tasty sandwich spread.

Even the turkey in these panini remind me of San Francisco, because of the time I visited the Columbus Salame plant up there, where they make some of my favorite deli turkey. The Columbus slices are a bit thicker than other deli turkey brands I’ve tried, which makes it easier to lay them neatly on a sandwich. I usually buy their low-sodium version at Trader Joe’s, which to me is just the right amount of seasoning (some deli meats are incredibly salty).

Cut them up for appetizers or serve them as the main event – either way, these Turkey, Bacon and Swiss Panini are sure to please a crowd.

Baltimore fans: I’ve got you covered with another football-worthy grilled treat later this week – stay tuned!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy January 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I’m really indifferent about football. But there is something exciting about the 49ers going to the show. We were in the city the day of the NFC Championship game and it was all a buzz. Thank goodness, they played away or it would have taken us forever to get across the bridge. Anyway, looks great, Kathy! You never disappoint.
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2 Kathy January 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Yeah, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the 49ers too…the hometown team! Glad to see them back in the Super Bowl. :-)

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3 JulieD January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Kathy, this looks awesome!! Good luck to your team!
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4 Kathy January 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thanks, Julie!

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5 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence January 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Turkey, bacon and swiss is a classic combination, but the Green Goddess Mayo takes this sammich in an unexpected direction. Delicious :)!
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6 Kathy January 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

It’s definitely a tasty twist. :-)

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7 Nealey @ Dixie Caviar January 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Girl, the Super Bowl is all about the FOOD! Can’t wait to see the rest of the recipes you have in store…

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8 Kathy January 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more, Nealey! :-)

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9 Michael Strahs January 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

Sandwich looks great. Love that the team colors are included. How are you going to incorporate the Baltimore colors: Purple, Black, Metallic Gold and White? And let’s all remember that the kids who play for San Francisco and the kids who play for Baltimore are all winners just for getting to the Big Game.

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10 Kathy January 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

Radicchio, licorice, gold leaf and jicama on ciabatta…booya, who’s the panini queen?! :-) lol…

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11 Colleen January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

Looks seriously delicious!

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12 Kathy January 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Even the kids got into these, lol.

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13 Amanda January 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

Swoon! I want this for lunch!! :)
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14 Kathy January 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I wish I could bring some to you, Amanda!

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15 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

these sound great Kathy!
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16 Kathy January 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Thanks, Alison!

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17 Carolyn January 30, 2013 at 4:35 am

Definitely Football-worthy!!!
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18 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 30, 2013 at 6:39 am

Kathy, this is MY kind of game-day food!
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19 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 30, 2013 at 7:06 am

I had no idea that Green Goddess dressing originated in San Francisco! I love the idea of putting it on a sandwich. :)
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20 Kathy January 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Green Goddess definitely can pep up a sandwich!

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21 megan @ whatmegansmaking January 31, 2013 at 7:45 am

This looks so good I might even be able to look past the anchovy… :)

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22 Kathy January 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

You could definitely get past it, Megan! My husband didn’t even notice and he’s not much of an anchovy fan. :-)

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23 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Love paninis! Especially with bacon :)

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24 Kathy January 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Me too, Anna. :-)

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25 Shaina January 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm

That mayonnaise! I need it in my life.
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26 Kathy January 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Yes…yes, you do. :-)

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27 Russell van Kraayenburg February 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

Holy moly! Now this is a sandwich!
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