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.
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.
Let me know if you try out this new trick!
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Leftover turkey
- Leftover stuffing and/or mashed potatoes
- 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.
- Leftover ham
- Dijon mustard
- Maple syrup
- Cheese, optional
- 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.