Peaches & Bacon Panini

by on July 12, 2009

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I’m back!

It’s been a little while since I grilled new panini for you guys. Or, more accurately, it’s been a trimester!  We’re thrilled to be expecting our next little one in January. I’m happy to report I’m finally moving out of the “total exhaustion” stage on into “pretty tired.” Now that the thought of food is at least moderately appealing I can finally get back to blogging.

The one thing I’m craving is fresh California peaches. Of course, I always look forward to sweet, juicy peaches every summer. In fact, I just realized that it was about this same time last year that I made my first peach panini. Instead of grilling them like last time, for my Peaches & Bacon Panini I kept the peaches fresh and paired them with some smoky bacon and stretchy fresh mozzarella. Ideally I would have grilled them on some crusty ciabatta but since I didn’t find any in the bakery department that day a baguette was a worthy substitute.

I had a hunch that peaches would taste great with bacon and it turned out to be true. It’s that sweet-savory thing I just can’t get enough of. I actually think this combo would be great on a pizza (perhaps with a peach barbecue sauce – hmmm…I may need to try this!).

Peaches & Bacon Panini with Fresh Mozzarella on Baguette

Peaches & Bacon Panini

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

1-2 large yellow peaches, pitted and sliced
4 slices bacon, fully cooked
Fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced (as much as you like)
French baguette, sliced crosswise into 5″ sections OR ciabatta rolls (I would not recommend sliced breads)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat (375°F).

For each sandwich: Halve the bread lengthwise. In between the halves, layer on the cheese, two slices of bacon and as many peaches as will fit neatly inside the bread.

Grill 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin July 12, 2009 at 3:50 am

I really like the sound of using peaches in a panini like this!

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2 meg July 12, 2009 at 4:53 am

What a wonderful flavor combination!
.-= meg´s last blog ..Time To Celebrate Day Three =-.

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3 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

Congratulations, Kathy! So happy for your news — and that you’re back with more panini for us to try.
.-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Pimentón agridulce/smoked bittersweet paprika (Recipe: chakchouka) =-.

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4 grace July 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

a bun in the oven and a panini on the grill. awesome. interesting combo–i never would’ve tried peaches and bacon together!
.-= grace´s last blog ..have faith, young grasshopper! =-.

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5 maris July 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Congratulations! Great news and great looking panini!
.-= maris´s last blog ..Worknight Dinners: Mandy’s Cheesy Chicken Lasagne =-.

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6 julie July 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Congrats Kathy! A few weeks ago, I was wondering why there had not been a panini recipe in my inbox for a while. What a nice one to come back with. Peaches will be in season soon here…. maybe with back (Canadian) bacon and bococcinni, mmm….

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7 Esi July 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm

OMG – peaches and bacon sound so amazing together and I may have to try that suggested combo in a pizza! Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
.-= Esi´s last blog ..Pork Tenderloin with Tomato-Peach Compote =-.

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8 Emily July 13, 2009 at 7:17 am

Congratulations on expecting your little one!! That is very exciting!! The sweet peaches sound like a wonderful contrast to salty bacon. You’re right about a pizza, you could use peach jam to dilute a bbq sauce…great idea!!!
.-= Emily´s last blog ..Jackson Pollock Inspired Confetti Corn =-.

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9 Sagan July 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

Congratulations!! That’s so exciting.

Love the peach and bacon combo.
.-= Sagan´s last blog ..Guest Post: Yoga for Running =-.

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10 The Duo Dishes July 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Wow, congrats! That’s something to look forward to for sure. Oh, and the idea of peaches on a panini is so creative. Adding bacon is niiiiice!
.-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog ..Our Version of a Fish Fry =-.

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11 The Food Hunter July 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Congratulations!…this is a great combo. I might try it this week instead of the BLT I was planning.
.-= The Food Hunter´s last blog ..July 4th BBQ-Recap =-.

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12 Susan from Food Blogga July 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I love sweet summer peaches paired with salty meats like bacon or prosciutto! This is the way to come back with a bang, Kathy!

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13 Kathy July 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Oh, I really wanted to try this with prosciutto! Alas, I think it’s on my no-no list (along with so many others). Next summer!

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14 Susan from Food Blogga July 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Whoops. I deleted the last line. Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear about the new baby!
.-= Susan from Food Blogga´s last blog ..The Mexican Torta: It’s One Big Belly-Busting Sandwich =-.

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15 leena! July 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Omg–this looks amazing. What a great combo, and something I never would have thought of (and I love me some bacon!). Definitely gonna have to try this, and read more of your blogs. Thanks!
.-= leena!´s last blog ..Leena Cooks: Bad Ass Chocolate Mousse =-.

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16 Cookie July 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm

What a perfect combination of sweet and salty! The cheese oozing out looks SO yummy you’re totally making me crave a panini tonight!
.-= Cookie´s last blog ..PIZZA PIZZA: First Time with Boboli =-.

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17 Liz July 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Congratulations!

And, these look delicious! I can’t say I’ve had a fruit with bacon panini before, but this has convinced me to give it a shot.
.-= Liz´s last blog ..Broccoli-Bacon Salad =-.

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18 Sara @ Our Best Bites July 14, 2009 at 6:27 am

Hey, I’ve missed you! I didn’t know you were expecting- congratulations!

Peaches and bacon sound amazing together- thanks for the yummy idea!
.-= Sara @ Our Best Bites´s last blog ..Kids Week: Frozen Pudding Pops! =-.

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19 lo July 15, 2009 at 9:16 am

First of all — congratulations!

I’m thinking this panini is just PERFECT. Totally seasonal, and absolutely delicious looking. Can you get peaches locally?
.-= lo´s last blog ..Pizza with Figs, Bacon, and Blue =-.

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20 Kathy July 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Thanks! Wish I could say with certainty whether the peaches I’ve been eating are local but I haven’t checked. Southern CA is a big producer of them so there’s a good chance they are.

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21 Karen July 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Yay Kathy! So glad to hear the good news and what a good looking panini. We are finally settling into our house and the panini maker is just waiting for me to open her up and get going! Thanks for coming back!
.-= Karen´s last blog ..Overdue U-Haul Pictures =-.

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22 Linda McCormick July 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I included your blog in a post I did on my blog for hosting a Panini Party. Your recipes would be great inspiration.
.-= Linda McCormick´s last blog ..Persian Naw Ruz Sabzeh Becomes Versatile Centerpiece =-.

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23 Deryn Mentock July 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Congratulations! Oh my…I think you could pair bacon with just about anything and it would be good but this looks spectacular!
.-= Deryn Mentock´s last blog ..Pet Posts-Buried Treasure =-.

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24 Lori July 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Glad you are feeling better and back to blogging! Peaches and bacon? What an unexpected combination. It sounds so wonderful. Gotta try this one for sure!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Big Papaya, Small Papaya – Same Fruit, Different Name =-.

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25 Kim July 22, 2009 at 6:11 am

This is one good looking panini! I adore the idea of peaches, bacon and mozarella on french bread. Just splendid and perfect for summer. Well done!
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Roasted Tomato & Vidalia Onion Tart =-.

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26 Krista July 27, 2009 at 10:16 am

Great meeting you at BlogHer! If you ever get to Italy for that panini trip, let me know! And of course, if you ever need any London restaurant recommendations, let me know that too! -Krista
.-= Krista´s last blog ..Top 10 Best Things about Chicago =-.

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27 RobinSue July 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Kathy that is wonderful news! I hope you will get some energy soon to chase your little one around plus being pregnant. I remember those days, shwew it is tiring! Hang in there, ok?

Good to see you back!
.-= RobinSue´s last blog ..Neapolitan Malt Mousse Pie =-.

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28 Christine Medifast July 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Congratulations on the upcoming child!! Fully understand why you’d be tired. I remember being pregnant with my children and all I ever wanted to do was sleep.

Good choice on peaches & bacon panini. Did the pregnancy inspire this? :)
.-= Christine Medifast´s last blog ..Preparing a Healthy and Tasty Diet =-.

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