Tomatoes and Panini
Tomatoes you say? Yeah — me too!
And remember, I have the little ones, grape and cherry tomatoes. Not only do I have a bowl on the table that is constantly spilling over — which everyone has strict instructions to grab handfuls from when they pass by — but I have to keep coming up with ways to incorporate them into breakfast, lunch and dinner.
So, last night we had a party for a friend who is moving out of the neighborhood. We also learned it was another neighbor’s birthday. So we had some serious “whooping up” to do! Panini, salad and soup were on the menu after a few rounds of drinks, of course!
Panini (a grilled sandwich) is a great way to use tomatoes!
A side note: The reason it is a panini instead of a simple, grilled sandwich is because it is pressed. I happen to have an actual panini press, but a George Foreman grill would do as well as a griddle or fry pan with something you can place on top of the sandwich to push it down a little, like another, smaller frying pan. For me, the key is a have a dry, crispy outside while the meat is warm and the cheese has melted inside.
The thing I like the best about panini are that everyone can choose their own fixings — except for the tomatoes, of course, everyone has to have those! Last night I put out Black Forest ham, dry salami, turkey, mozzarella and Swiss cheese, olive spread, tomatoes, basil and mustard. My daughter likes the salami, mozzarella and tomato; I favor a Muffaletta style. Put whatever you like on it; just remember to add the tomatoes! And Julie, hope your move is easy. Carol, happy birthday! Thanks for a great night! Love you both! Janine