New Tricks for an Old Dog

Oh, the joys of going out to eat!  I enjoy eating out because it’s a chance to learn something new. Mom and pop joints are my favorite places to learn new techniques.  At Soup Spoon Café (located near the capital of Michigan), I got a bonus lesson on, none other than… the panini!!  This does not happen often- trust me!  In a prior post, I mentioned a panini place that had panini’s on french bread. However, it didn’t have the warm, grilled bread component that makes up a great panini.  Soup Spoon transformed their french bread to a “panini appropriate” sandwich.  How?? They flipped the bread inside out, genius.

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In this picture you can see how the inside of the french bread is now the outer layer, and what is usually considered the outer part of the bread- is now on the inside.

This sandwich consisted of slow roasted pork loin, caramelized onions, pickles and melted Gruyére cheese with their bistro sauce.

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Let me know if you try out this new trick!

 

Enjoy,

Sani

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Holiday Panini

Now that the Holidays are over, what are you to do with all of those leftovers??  Here are some quick ideas:

 

Steak– An easy Philly cheese steak, holiday style. 

Ingredients:

  • Leftover tenderloin (or whatever beef you had) 
  • Leftover veggies, preferably peppers and onions
  • Dinner roll from the previous night, (or if you have a sub or sourdough bread)
  • Swiss Cheese

Assembling:

  • Reheat the meat on the panini maker
  • Then reheat the veggies on the panini maker
  • Put both into your dinner roll or sub/bread
  • Add cheese
  • Grill it on the panini maker

 

Turkey– Geared more toward Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

  • Leftover turkey
  • Leftover stuffing and/or mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Bread

Assembling:

  • Add all these ingredients to any type of bread you’d like
  • Grill it on the panini

You’ll have one heck of a sandwich, that will be sure to put you in a food coma.

 

Ham–  An alternative to ham and eggs.

Ingredients:

  • Leftover ham
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup
  • Cheese, optional
  • Bread

Assembling:

  • Mix equal amounts of Dijon mustard and maple syrup
  • Spread on bread
  • Add ham
  • Add cheese, which is optional
  • Grill in panini

 I guarantee that will provide a much more enjoyable meal than ham and eggs in the morning.

 

Enjoy,

Sani