Primetime Paninis
Primetime Paninis
August 16, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

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

  1. Preheat Cuisinart® Griddler® in the closed grill position to 375°F.
  2. Place one slice of bread on a counter or cutting board. Arrange mozzarella on top. Layer the pancetta over the cheese and spread the tomato jam on top. Top with the remaining slice of bread.
  3. Place sandwich on the preheated Griddler. Cover, press lightly for 30 seconds and bake for 3 to 4 minutes until bread is grill marked and crispy and cheese is melted. Serve hot.
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