The word "panino" [pa'ni:no] is Italian (literally meaning small bread roll), with the plural panini. "Panini" is often used in a singular sense by speakers of languages that borrow the word, including English and French, and hideously pluralised when necessary into "paninis".
"Panini" is also a brand of grill made specifically for grilling these sandwiches.- Wikipedia
So know we know what they are let's go and make some. It is the weekend after all! When time seems to slow down just a little bit and we aren't quite as rushed. Maybe you want to make a delicious lunch before the football game on Sunday...apparently it's an "important" one????? Why not try a panino or some panini.
Classic Italian Panini Sandwich:
Ciabatta or 2 thick sliced crusty Italian Bread
4 slices of thinly sliced Prosciutto or Parma Ham
6-8 slices of thinly sliced hot or sweet Cappicola
1 Tbsp jarred pesto sauce
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
3 slices Provolone (Tony is always saying that the brand has to be something that is Italian)
roasted sweet red peppers (from a jar or from your grocer's deli counter)
- Slice the ciabatta for a sandwich
- Mix together the mayonnaise and the pesto and spread on one side of the sandwich.
- place the Prosciutto or Parma Ham, Cappicola and Provolone on one side.
- Top with enough red peppers (dried on a sheet of paper towel) to your liking.
- Place other slice of bread on top and follow the panini press operating instructions.
- Slice, serve and enjoy!
If you don't have a Panini Press their are several options available. Click on each below to see and and buy!
This one is my favorite as it has that Old World charm. Like the old Italians used to use before the plug in ones!
Have a great weekend and....