I don't know of anyone that doesn't love a Panini and making one is actually quite simple. And, the best part? You don't have to have a Panini maker; you just need a griddle and a heavy object to press down with. Of course having a maker would certainly give you the grill marks and make the Panini more authentic. For the purpose of a review we are asked to test out three recipes. I love basil pesto in a Panini, therefore was on a hunt to find one using it. The one I decided to try first was Chicken Pesto Panini. I already had fresh pesto and, when checking the recipe provided in this book, it was exactly the same. The recipe calls for Italian rolls but I used ciabatta instead. The other ingredients were chicken breast, provolone cheese, spinach leaves, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, and slices of red onion. Delicious!! I was intrigued with the section on Leftovers Panini. Looking at the index I realized I can make a Panini out of almost any leftovers. So, with pot roast on hand I
shredded the meat and placed it on the bottom of a slice of sourdough bread. Top that with horseradish mayo, slices of red onion and crumbles of blue cheese and you've got yourself a great tasting Panini. The third recipe I tested was Cheesy Beanie Panini. Flour tortillas are filled with mashed pinto beans and shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Grill and then top with ranch dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa and you have a great lunch. Also, you now have a Panini rather than a burrito. I see some other recipes that I'll be trying and, from what I can see, my imagination can wander. As well, I'll be investing in a Panini maker because they are a hit in our home. The recipes are simple and most of the ingredients can be found in any kitchen pantry. If not, the nearby grocery store sure does. If you love Panini you can't afford to be without 200 Best Panini Recipes. (Irene Watson Reader Views 2011-02-09)
You can duplicate the tasty excitement of a bistro in your own home with a little help from this new collection of panini recipes.... Whether you want to prepare a traditional sandwich or something more exotic, these recipes will provide you with an array of tasty choices. (Larry Cox Tucson Citizen 2008-12-24)
Discover easy, quickly prepared recipes from simple and sophisticated to elegant and earthy. (Ann Hattes Beacon (Colorado))
About the Author
Tiffany Collins is design director for Southern Living magazine, and has developed and been the spokesperson for the Dillard's and Southern Living Home Design Seminar. She spent six seasons as the foods and entertaining specialist with the Southern Living Cooking School. A spokesperson for and contributing editor to Cooking Light, Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines, she lives in Austin, Texas.