Pizza Panini on Italian Bread with Salad (put it on wheat bread to make it healthier)

Pizza Panini on Italian Bread with Salad (put it on wheat bread to make it healthier)

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This year for Christmas we got a kitchen appliance that is a griddle, waffle maker, grill, and panini maker all wrapped up in one device. Needless to say, we’ve been using it quite a bit. Clean up is a breeze! So, if you don’t have a panini press at home, you can do one of several things. One suggestion is to wrap a brick with foil and place on the sandwich to weigh it down. But, who has a brick just lying around? Next suggestion is to place a heavy skillet on the sandwich while it is cooking. That should do the trick. So, here’s a panini recipe I’m having at my house this week:

Pizza Panini on Italian Bread

Deli Italian Bread, sliced (the good, fresh, dense kind)
pizza sauce (or I use basil pesto in place of pizza sauce)
reduced-fat shredded cheddar
shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
sauteed veggies of your choice (saute them lightly in olive oil, salt & pepper)
pepperoni or other meat topping of your choice

Slice your Italian bread in slices that are about 1/2 inch thick. Saute your veggies, if using them. Place pizza sauce on your bread slices. Top with your veggies and other meat toppings then cheese. I like to drizzle some olive oil in the pan (if using a skillet) before cooking. After you add the bread to the panini press or skillet, place your weight on the top of the sandwich and cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until the bread starts to brown and the cheese melts. Flip and cook the other side. You’ll enjoy those little crunchy bites of cheese on the edges of your crust!

We will be serving ours with a garden salad.

Food Lion Weekly Specials for this Meal (12/25/13-12/31/13): fresh veggies for sauteeing, olive oil, cheese, lettuce   View here…..

Harris Teeter Weekly Specials for this Meal: fresh veggies for sauteeing, lettuce, cheese   View here……

View Aldi weekly specials here…..

View Winn Dixie weekly specials here…..

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