Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week 4: Becky's Panini

I wasn't sure exactly what a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is.  I wasn't sure if it could include other things besides cheese and I wasn't sure what to do with just a grilled cheese sandwich so I took the liberty of adding other ingredients to my gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

I was inspired by the Chicken Bellagio meal at the Cheesecake Factory.  I just love this dish and I had hoped that the flavors would translate well into a panini.  It kind of worked :)

Bellagio Panini

Havarti Cheese
Thin slices of tomato
Olive Oil
Roasted Garlic Bread

Pound the chicken so that it's very flat.  Cook the chicken in a little olive oil.  Meanwhile layer the sandwich.  Spread the pesto on both of the insides of the bread.  Layer the other ingredients however you would like.  I used 2 pieces of cheese but it may be better with 3.  I used 1 slice of proscuitto and I think it needed 2.  It definitely needed more than 6 arugula leaves and you probably could leave it out!  I would also not use roasted garlic bread, a plain bread would be better.  The  roasted garlic bread overpowered the other flavors.  Put the sandwich in a George Foreman grill or panini maker.  Cook until the outside is golden brown.

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