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Brie, Basil, Bacon & Blue Panini…and a Breville Panini Press Giveaway!

April 16, 2012
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Brie, basil, bacon and blue…can you tell I’ve been reading more than my fair share of Dr. Seuss lately? Well, it’s just a happy coincidence that all of these great ingredients start with “B” (as does Breville, which is sponsoring a fantastic panini press giveaway today!). They happen to combine into a pretty amazing grilled […]

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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Panini

March 15, 2011
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How do you like that – GREEN grilled cheese for St. Patrick’s Day! I made these sandwiches in homage to the salad dressing wonder that is the Green Goddess. Bursting with bright, fresh green herbs and kicked up with the bold flavors of garlic and anchovies, Green Goddess salad dressing has been making a bit […]

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Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Panini

February 24, 2011

This is my second in a series of posts on Panini Happy that are sponsored by Panera Bread. Remember those lovely Slow-Roasted Tomatoes I shared yesterday? Here’s the very first thing I made with them: Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Panini on ciabatta. It’s a can’t-miss classic - the sandwich version of an Italian caprese […]

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Peach Caprese Panini

July 8, 2010
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You know the classic caprese, right? Ripe red tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil – it’s one of my favorite combinations, for a salad or panini. How about a caprese using fresh summer peaches? The flavor affinities are all there. According to The Flavor Bible (which I often consult in new taste situations such as this […]

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Brie & Basil Grilled Cheese on Chocolate Bread

May 12, 2010
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As I mentioned yesterday, it’s Chocolate Bread Panini Week on Panini Happy – one amazing homemade chocolate yeast bread plus three different panini made with it. Believe it or not, this Brie and basil grilled cheese was actually the very first panini idea that popped into my head to make with the chocolate bread. It’s […]

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Open-Face Grilled Goat Cheese Panini with Sundried Tomatoes & Herbs

April 7, 2009
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The early entries for my Grilled Cheese Pageant have been truly inspiring (have you entered yet?)! You’ll be amazed to see how something as simple as the humble grilled cheese sandwich can be interpreted into so many different delicious incarnations. In keeping with this theme, I’ve decided to make exclusively grilled cheese panini this month […]

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Grilled Peaches & Humboldt Fog Panini Recipe

July 25, 2008

I didn’t realize how much more enjoyment I stood to derive out of panini by expanding my cheese horizons!  You might remember I used a goat cheese called Humboldt Fog on those Burger Mini-Panini Sliders a few weeks back.  I’m telling you, from the first time I tasted Humboldt Fog I knew it was far […]

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Keeping it Simple

May 4, 2008

I feel myself heading into a phase – a “back to basics” phase. Some panini out there are just getting too frou-frou for me. Maybe it’s the fact that we call them panini rather than just grilled sandwiches. They kind of sound fancy, so maybe we should fill them with fancy ingredients? It’s certainly tempting. […]

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Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Panini Recipe

April 30, 2008

A classic Italian caprese salad is reinvented as bright-flavored panini…and it’s not just for vegetarians either. Sweet heirloom tomatoes and creamy, melted fresh mozzarella are accented by fresh basil and a hint of lemon zest and olive oil on a French baguette. The result is a satisfying medley of flavors that’s quick and easy to […]

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