Cecina is a Tuscan unleavened flatbread made with chickpea flour or ceci instead of wheat flour. It is usually served simply with coarse salt and rosemary, but this recipe turns it into a “pizza” by topping it with fresh ingredients and serving it with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. Bonus: it’s high in protein and a great gluten-free alternative. 2 cups (500 mL) chickpea flour 2 cups (500 mL) cold water 5 tbsp (75 mL) olive oil, divided 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh chopped rosemary 2 tsp (10 mL) kosher salt ½ tsp (2 mL) freshly cracked pepper 8 slices prosciutto 8 ripe figs, quartered ½ cup (125 mL) fresh shaved Parmesan 1 cup (250 mL) baby arugula 2 tbsp (30 mL) aged balsamic vinegar 1 In a large bowl, mix together chickpea flour and water until smooth. Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the olive oil, rosemary and salt and mix thoroughly to combine. Recipe Details
The idea for this sandwich has been floating around in my head for a few weeks now as I worked on the recipe and this weekend I finally nailed the it and got the chance to make it. The basic idea behind this sandwich was to combine sweet fig preserves with salty prosciutto in a grilled cheese sandwich that is cooked panini style in a grill press. Sweet things like jams and preserves work surprisingly well in grilled cheese sandwiches and when combined with something like prosciutto you definitely have a winning combination. Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
As we snaked our way down the canyon road, flanked by farms and forest, there were no indicators that we were anywhere near our seaside vacation rental. When the car GPS signaled that we’d soon arrive at our destination we were skeptical but then – BAM – the pristine little town of Avila Beach came into view. Renting a beach house for a few days is the sort of summer vacation that works best for our family right now. We get the conveniences of home – a kitchen, laundry, space for the kids to roam – but the change of surroundings still gives us the chance to explore and spend time together. Relaxing? Salami, Prosciutto and Provolone Panini Recipe, Central Coast Vacation
Mushrooms are one of my absolute favourite foods and it was long past time that I gave them the grilled cheese treatment! My mild obsession with grilled cheese sandwiches has had me dreaming about a mushroom grilled cheese for a long time and it was finally time to realize it. I wanted to keep things relatively simple without compromising in flavour so I stared out by sauteing some onions and mushrooms slowly until they turned golden brown and caramelized bringing out all of their tastiness. Next I deglazed the pan with a splash of white wine to make sure that none of the flavour that had built up in those brown bits that stick to the bottom of the pan went to waste. If you are a fan of truffles then this is where you can indulge a bit and add some truffle oil to the mushrooms to make this sandwich even more decadent!
“Mum, will you teach me to make that before I go to college?” asked my 10 year old son. I think it was potstickers. The frozen kind. Chicken Pinwheel Sandwich Recipe with Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olives & Herb Yogurt
Chicken Panini with Arugula, Provolone and Chipotle Mayonnaise One word to describe this hot panini... dee-licious! I'm in love with the flavor combination of this grilled chicken panini made on Ciabatta bread with melted provolone, arugula and a spicy chipotle mayonnaise. This sandwich is perfect for lunch or dinner and you can easily prepare this for one or a family of eight! A panini press is on my Christmas list this year, but not having one has never stopped me from making paninis before. I lightly spray the bread with oil and use my George Forman grill and it's ready in minutes.
Drizzle the insides of both halves of bread with oil. Arrange the mozzarella on the bottom half, and the brie on the top half. Fill the inside with sundried tomato, basil leaves, and avocado. Season the avocado with a squirt of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stack the two halves into a sandwich, and put on a hot panini press for about 10 minutes, until the bread is crusty, and the cheese is melted. Cut into quarters and eat hot! Avocado Panini with Brie, Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Basil
Dinner Tonight: Flank Steak Panini with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions Steak sandwiches are a lot trickier to execute than it might initially seem. Though a great steak often needs little more than a nice sear and some salt and pepper, when you stuff that steak between two slices of bread, something strange happens. The meat often ends up both bland and tough, which is puzzling. In Simple Italian Snacks, Jason Denton and Kathryn Kellinger get past this by cooking a flank steak until medium-rare, then slicing it thinly against the grain. It also helps that it's topped with an herby goat cheese and caramelized onions.
Last weekend as we arrived at the movie theater to finally see The King’s Speech (all those Academy Awards were well-deserved!), I noticed a big banner announcing “FARMER’S MARKET ~ SATURDAYS 8 AM – 12 PM”. I was elated – at last, a local farmer’s market that takes place on a day and time I can actually make! So there I was this weekend, back at the theater parking lot. Recipe: Turkey, Strawberries & Brie Panini
This is my second in a series of posts on Panini Happy that are sponsored by Panera Bread. Remember those lovely Slow-Roasted Tomatoes I shared yesterday? Here’s the very first thing I made with them: Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Panini on ciabatta. It’s a can’t-miss classic - the sandwich version of an Italian caprese salad – with the added sweetness and character of the slow-roasted tomatoes. There’s a reason you’ll see this sandwich on almost any panini menu. It’s simply that good. Recipe: Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Panini
I certainly have been into the fresh field ripened tomatoes lately! I have been picking up at least a full basket of them every week and most weeks they have disappeared long before the end of the week. Primarily I have been enjoying them in BLT sandwiches but recently I had a new idea and that was for a caprese grilled cheese sandwich.
Pear, Arugula, and Brie Panini
Cook the Book: Ham, Brie, and Apple French Toast Panini Today's recipe from this week's featured cookbook, Panini Express is for a Ham, Brie, and Apple French Toast Panini. Apologies in advance for going for another ham-and-cheese variation. I was halfway through preparing this recipe when I realized I'd just done a similar sandwich yesterday. I couldn't resist this one, though, because I've been a fan of the ham-brie-apple combo since discovering it a few years ago. Add the French toast, I thought, and this recipe's a knockout. As I found out, this recipe really is a knockout.
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Well, let me back up: I can’t believe it’s November. If you’re still looking for some last-minute recipes for turkey day, feel free to browse my recipes here: Leftover Turkey and Swiss Panini
I have been going sandwich crazy these last few weeks and my focus has been squarely pointed at both the perfectly ripe field tomatoes and the unripe green tomatoes that are available right now. While I was searching for ideas for yet another sandwich I stumbled across this grilled brie and goat cheese sandwich with bacon and green tomato recipe by Bobby Flay and as soon as I saw it, I knew that I would have to make it. I really liked the sound of combining two amazing cheeses, an ooey gooey brie and a tangy goat cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich along with some salty and crisp bacon and tart slices of green tomatoes! This grilled cheese sandwich is definitely worth making and I have already made it a few times! After the first time I tweaked the recipe a by slicing the green tomato a thinner and frying them in the bacon grease to soften them up a bit as the hard slices kept popping out of the sandwich. Grilled Brie and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Green Tomato
In a million years, I never thought I'd write (or even think) these words: I love bacon jam. (Generations of my family are wringing their hands. I can't see them, but I know.) Recipe for bacon jam and cheese panini
Italian Sausage and Roasted Pepper Panini