Reuben Panini

March 14, 2014
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{I first posted this recipe in September 2008 — now updated with clearer instructions, a new photo and an excerpt from my cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook} Once upon a time I asked Panini Happy readers to name their favorite sandwich. The overwhelming choice turned out to be the Reuben. It wasn’t hard for […]

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A Grilled Brisket Wrap…with Matzo?

March 27, 2013
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Convincing dry, flat, crisp Passover matzo crackers to bend and wrap and remain intact on a panini press isn’t quite the simplest feat I’ve ever attempted. But I went for it anyway. After much trial and error (and more trial and more error), I managed to pull off these Grilled Matzo Brisket Wraps. My friend […]

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Big Game Week: Pastrami and Aged Cheddar Football Panini

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 […]

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Green Chile Steak Melt Panini

October 17, 2011
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If I were to ever lose my iPhone whoever found it would be privy to my ongoing list of sandwich ideas in my Notes app. I jotted down the concept for today’s Green Chile Steak Melt Paniniwhile on vacation in Santa Barbara a few months ago. We had made our way to the Hollister Brewing […]

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Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches + “Big Bowl of Love” Cookbook Giveaway!

June 1, 2011
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As you could tell from my interview with Cristina Ferrare, cookbook author and host of Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love on OWN, love is a key ingredient in her cooking. Today’s Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches from her cookbook are no exception. They bring together steak and cheese hot off the broiler with crisp, raw vegetables […]

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Meat Loaf Patty Melt Panini

September 21, 2010
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Let’s see…so far we’ve discussed the secrets to getting dinner on the table and flavor-boosting ingredients that make meals taste great with less work. Continuing with this month’s Get Dinner on the Table series, I think it’s a good time to talk about leftovers. Have you noticed that leftovers tend to make great panini? Often […]

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Braised Short Rib Panini

June 24, 2010
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This past weekend I decided to recreate the short rib panini I’d been hearing so much about around town. Port wine braised beef with aged cheddar and onion marmalade – it sounded unbelievable. They serve them at Nine-Ten, an upscale restaurant at the Grande Colonial Hotel in nearby La Jolla, and have been described as […]

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Southwestern Chili Panini

January 6, 2010
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[tweetmeme] Suffice it to say Southwestern Chili Panini aren’t likely to win any sandwich beauty pageants. But while they might not be much of a feast for the eyes, let me assure you that your mouth will be very happy you decided to make them. With the colder temperatures and football championships upon us, it’s […]

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Red Wine-Braised Flank Steak with Roasted Peppers, Onions & Gruyere Panini

September 2, 2009
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Back in April, as I whined about noted the 45 minutes it took me to slowly caramelize the onions for Tom Colicchio’s Gruyère with Caramelized Onions panini, I received my first clue that the man believes delicious food sometimes takes a good amount of time and patience to prepare. So it did not come as […]

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Pittsburgh-Style Cheese Steak Panini

January 26, 2009
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That’s quite a beast, isn’t it? If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh you’re probably thinking I’ve finally gone Panini Delirious.  But if you’re from the ‘burgh, this behemoth featuring a sirloin beef patty, Provolone cheese, french fries, cole slaw and tomatoes might remind you of a popular local favorite – the Pitts-burgher Cheese Steak at […]

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