Paninis have come a long way
The panini sandwich has evolved from the simple Italian 'toast' sandwich,
filled with meat, usually prosciutto, and cheese.
Like its predecessors, you'll find today's paninis bear the distinctive
toast lines of the Italian sandwich press. Similarly, they are concocted
with the rich cheeses and meats.
But fillings and flavorings have chnaged. Local custom and favorites
sometimes govern what goes into the panini. In central Italy, for
example, the panini boasts succulent roasted pork.
Whether you have a panini press, a sandwich grill or just want to make
one in a skillet, here's a recipe for the Hot Sicilian that offers the
tastes of Italyenhanced by spices.
Hot Sicilian Paninis
1 loaf Italian bread cut in eight half-inch slices (OK to trim crusts)
1 half pound of deli shaved ham
1 package each of hard salami and sandwich pepperoni
8 slices provolone cheese
1 medium tomato in thin slices
1 medium red onion in thin slices.
Dashes of parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, olive oil.
Optional: slices of pickled or fresh banana peppers.
Lay the eight slices of bread on toweling. To each bread slice, add one
slice of provolone cheese. On four of the half sandwiches add two pieces
each of salami, a generous amount of shaved ham, and two pieces of the
To the other four sandwich halves, add two slices of tomato, two slices
of onion and a few pepper rings.
Shake parmesan cheese, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper sparingly to all
eight sandwich halves. Combine the halves into four sandwiches.
Preheat your press following the manufacturer’s instructions. Or in a
large skillet lightly coated with butter or canola oil, place the
sandwiches two at a time. Apply pressure with the sandwich maker or a
Open the sandwich maker every two minutes, or turn skillet sandwiches
every two minutes until they are golden brown.
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