Announcing…Panini Pairings!

When I started this blog, I intended to focus it pretty tightly on panini – working out new recipes, discovering new techniques and generally extolling the versatility of these great sandwiches. But (wo)man cannot live on panini alone! Sometimes panini can be meals unto themselves, but often we pair them with a side dish, soup or salad to round it out. While keeping Panini Happy centered around panini, I’ve decided to launch a Panini Pairings feature.

What are Panini Pairings?

Panini Pairings are three recipes for side dishes, soups or salads that I think will be great accompaniments to the recipes I create on Panini Happy and publish on Panini Happy – The Winning Recipes. At the end of each recipe, you’ll find links to the Panini Pairings, which reside on other food blogs. So not only will you have good suggestions for sides, you’ll also have the opportunity to discover new blogs. NOTE: These are not paid links.

How do you select the Panini Pairings?

I subscribe to a number of fantastic food blogs, so I keep my eye out for dishes that might now or in the future pair well with panini. Sometimes I have specific sides in mind – that’s when I run searches on Food Blog Search (thanks to Elise from Simply Recipes, Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen and Alanna from Kitchen Parade for pulling together this great tool!) to find potential recipes. I also accept suggestions from Panini Happy readers.

How can I suggest a Panini Pairing for an existing or future panini recipe?

Send me an e-mail at panini(DOT)happy(AT)yahoo(DOT)com. I’m always on the lookout for good sides, so if you have any, please send them my way. All I ask is that they appear on a blog – I believe in being a good blogger citizen and I’d prefer to promote original or adapted recipes on other blogs rather than commercial sites. That said, if you’ve got a fave that happens to be on a commercial site I’ll consider it. Please don’t take offense if I don’t post your suggestion right away – there are spots for just three Panini Pairings, so if I don’t use yours now I may end up linking to it from a future recipe.

I’ve started going back through my previous recipe posts and adding in some Pairings – check them out!


KathyPanini Happy, online since 2008, is more than just a sandwich blog. Here, you'll find hundreds of my original panini recipes, my guide to choosing a panini press and a whole lot of other creative uses for the panini press.
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  1. Cakespy wrote:

    Oooh, this makes me quiver with anticipation!! Can’t wait to see what is ahead in this carbohydrate heaven!

    Posted 2.29.08 Reply
  2. KristiB wrote:

    Oh heck I’ve never been much of a sandwich fan let alone panii but your blog may open my eyes!

    Posted 3.1.08 Reply