Nutella S’mores Panini…and my TV Cooking Debut!

Nutella S'mores Panini Today marks something of a milestone in my food career…my first live TV cooking demo! A last minute spot opened up on a local show so I decided to give it a shot. Other than my necklace being tucked inside the neckline of my dress (next time I will remember to bring a mirror!) things went rather smoothly and it actually turned out to be a fun experience.
My first live TV cooking demo on San Diego Living

I showed up at the station lugging three bags full of food, cutting boards, cooking utensils and, of course, a grill. Having the chance to chat with some of the other show guests in the green room calmed my nerves a bit. Before I knew it, it was time to set up for my demo.

With it being the 4th of July and all the producer suggested a s’mores theme. Of course, my thing is the panini maker so I came up with an idea for Nutella S’mores Panini. Think classic s’mores meets the fluffernutter: Nutella and marshmallow cream on the inside, crunchy graham cracker crust on the outside. It’s oozy and over-the-top s’mores in sandwich form. I had to test these out after my kids had gone to bed because they definitely would be clamoring for them!


Nutella S’mores Panini

Recipe by Kathy Strahs,

Prep time: 7 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 panini


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 8 slices rustic white bread
  • 1/2 cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow cream


  1. Heat the panini maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, graham crackers and sugar until they’re well combined.
  3. For each sandwich: Spread a thin layer of graham cracker butter on top of two slices of bread. Flip over both slices of bread. Spread a few tablespoons of Nutella on one slice and a few tablespoons of marshmallow cream on the other. Close the sandwich, butter side up.
  4. Grill the panini, two at a time, until the crust is crisped and golden and the marshmallow cream has melted, 3 to 4 minutes.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a panini maker, you can always grill these sandwiches in a regular skillet for a few minutes on each side.



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  1. Robin Sue wrote:

    Great job Kathy! You are a natural on TV. I was wondering how you were going to get the graham cracker in there and your idea is brilliant. Graham Cracker Butter!! Incredible. I hope to see you more on TV!

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  2. Congrats on the the TV appearance! How cool!

    And holy panini deliciousness! This looks incredible!

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  3. Heather wrote:

    What a great opportunity–you did wonderful, such a natural! These look fantastic!

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  4. Kalyn wrote:

    How fun, you are a natural for TV!!

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  5. Amy wrote:

    You’re a natural 😀

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  6. Ilene Mirkine wrote:

    ‘Loved this Kathy! (“one of the biggest food bloggers in the country”!)…You did such a wonderful job 😉

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  7. Lisa wrote:

    What necklace? You did an awesome job Kathy and we can’t wait to make these today! Might just have desert first : ) We’ll be checking your blog now for other great recipes and watching for your next appearance!

    Posted 7.4.12 Reply
  8. Nita Gill wrote:

    Hi Kathy,

    It was nice meeting you just prior to going onto the show. It was my fist live TV appearance also. I thought you would like to know that I was in the studio when the host, Marc came back into the studio after your segment. He was raving about your s’more sandwich (off camera) to the other host, Kristen and the crew. He really loved it!

    Posted 7.5.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      It was so nice to meet you too, Nita! Yeah it was funny, after my segment was over I was still out there grilling sandwiches because the crew wanted a taste, lol.

      Posted 7.6.12 Reply
  9. fabulous and congrats!! You go girl!

    Posted 7.5.12 Reply
  10. Jeanette wrote:

    Congratulations Kathy – great job, loved watching you make this 4th of July treat!

    Posted 7.6.12 Reply
  11. TidyMom wrote:

    oh what fun!! congrats!!

    Posted 7.6.12 Reply
  12. Sommer@ASP wrote:

    YAY for you Kathy!! I can’t wait to see it…

    Posted 7.6.12 Reply
  13. You were awesome Kathy! Great combo of flavors and I love that graham cracker butter.

    Posted 7.6.12 Reply
  14. Uhh. Yes please I will take 10 of these! And congrats!

    Posted 7.8.12 Reply
  15. What a star you are! You look so at ease in front of the camera. Rachael Ray better watch out. LOL

    Posted 7.9.12 Reply
  16. Margaret wrote:

    Congrats! Great TV segment! Love the graham cracker butter! Awesome Recipe!

    Posted 7.11.12 Reply
  17. Kristen M. wrote:

    This panini sounds so good. I am a big Smores fan so I will make this for sure. Good job on SD Living!

    Posted 7.16.12 Reply
  18. Congratulations, that’s exciting! I’ve seen a lot of creative s’mores recipes, but I think this one is near the top of my favorites list. Great idea!

    Posted 7.23.12 Reply
  19. Reema Kasavich wrote:

    My husband have made this twice already. Once on our machine and once on the charcoal grill. Came out perfect and delicious both times!!

    Posted 7.30.12 Reply
  20. Nice! I totally missed this the first time around, but you did such a great job!!

    Posted 8.5.12 Reply
  21. carrian wrote:

    This looks amazing! Linking it to my site right now!

    Posted 8.10.12 Reply
  22. susan wrote:

    great job! you are a natural!

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply