Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Simply, but Yummy Lunch

Last Christmas our daughter gave us a Panini maker.  Craig has always been a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, and I really love Rubens. Both of which I have simply made in a fry pan.

The Panini maker added more options, but regular bread really flattens out way to much.  Also I followed the directions in the Panini cookbook and put olive oil on the outside of the bread which made it a bit "greasy" to me.

Recently, I discovered the perfect, easy, Panini bread.  English muffins!  They stand up to being squashed quite nicely.  I have also discovered that using oil on the outside is not necessary.

My latest favorite is Apple and Swiss cheese.

A thick slice of  Granny Smith apple give a nice tartness, and is a perfect combination with the swiss cheese.

Of course the same could be done with a fry pan and a foil wrapped brick.  You just have to turn them a few times.

I have been wondering if the panini maker was a worthwhile use of space and weight, but I have found it is great for making grilled veggies (wrap in foil,) and works for a  breakfast addition of frozen hash brown patties (defrosted in microwave first., and also wrapped in foil.)  Easy Clean-up is always a plus in my book!

Hmmm ...  What next?  Peanut butter and bananas?  Any suggestions?

Exercise Goal:
 miles on the treadmill, 

miles Wednesday
miles Thursday
Total walked = 284.5 miles  Aiming for 500 miles by March 2011

Someday I will be hiking 1000 miles in National Parks!



  1. John likes cheese and bacon. I like cheese and onion. I like the idea of using English muffins.

    But then I'm bread free so off the menu until ....... ??

  2. We love Paninis, but use a George Foreman just as good!

  3. Never seen a panini maker. I have a George Forman grill, but using it is a pain because of the storage. I most often just rely on a frying pan. I love Rueben's too. I have ended up using the Forman grill for chicken quesadillas, but little else. :( Guess I'm just lazy about digging it out.

  4. you touched on the wife's favorite... peanut butter and banana

  5. I like grilled cheese and tomatoes, but the swiss and granny smith apple sounds really good. I'm going to try that. Thanks! :)

  6. panini grills are perfect for grilling eggplant for sandwiches - very little to no oil required, fast, and not really necessary to brine.

  7. I've always loved Italian Panini at the Spicy Pickle. It has salami and provolone cheese. Awesome idea on the english muffins. I'll keep that in mind.


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