Sandwiches are a go-to lunch favorite, but come dinnertime I crave something with substance. What if I told you a satisfying meal is within reach without ever turning on the stove or oven? And it doesn’t involve chopping veggies to make a salad. All you need to do is plug in your Cuisinart Griddler. Paninis are a tasty way to enjoy a meal when you have little time or no desire to head into a hot kitchen.
All you need to get started are your favorite sandwich fixings and bread. Recently I was craving a BLT, but had used up all of my farmers’ market tomatoes. I decided tomato jam from the pantry was a more than acceptable stand-in. The pancetta, an Italian-style bacon, I had in the fridge would gussy this diner classic up a bit too. No lettuce on hand—it was the day before my normal market shop, I swapped in some fresh, thinly sliced mozzarella, ensuring it would all hold together as the cheese melted. As an after thought, I remembered I had some peppery arugula growing in the yard. Next time I intend to pluck some and stuff it inside too. Needless to say, everyone at my house is looking at sandwiches a little differently come 6:00pm.
PMT—Pancetta, Mozzarella & Tomato Jam
Makes one sandwich
2 slices white Pullman bread
3 cooked slices pancetta
3 thinly sliced pieces of fresh mozzarella
2 teaspoons tomato jam