Monday, August 1, 2011

weekend review: panini party

I spent the weekend at my parents' house so I didn't actually do any of my own cooking. However, Friday night was the celebration for my dad's birthday and so mom and I (mostly mom) hosted a panini party for the family. Who knew smashed food could taste so good?

Figure 1.  Panini party dinner: salad and three mini-panini's.

Figure 2. Left: Caprese panini with zucchini (mozzarella, tomato, sauteed zucchini, and fresh basil on multi-grain baguette). Top: Apple and prosciutto panini (thinly sliced granny smith apples, crisped prosciutto, Gouda, and honey mustard on a multi-grain baguette. Right: Roast beef and onion panini (roast beef, caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and Dijon mustard on ciabatta).

To make your own panini: assemble your favorite combination, spray each side of sandwich with cooking spray, and cook on a panini press until bread is brown and cheese is melted.
 Figure 3. Homemade chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches.


  1. i love the idea of make your own panini. we entertain with make your own pizza a lot.

    and cookie ice cream sandwiches are the best! yum!

  2. Any tricks for the ice cream sandwiches? They look wonderful.

  3. that look so delicious!!thank you for commenting on my blog!!

  4. @Imagine: My mom made these. Here is what she told me to tell you.

    "Use the chocolate chip recipe on the back of the Nestle's bag using semi-sweet chips. I used a cookie baller to make them similar sizes but you can drop by tsp onto the cookie sheet. Slice ice cream when soft enough to get the knife through, then use a circle cookie cutter to cut the ice cream, placing it between two cookies. Wrap in plastic wrap and refreeze.

    Yummie. Of couse you could just stick a home-made chocolate chip cookie into a dish of ice cream but it's much more fun to eat as a sandwich.

    Serve to people you love."

  5. Oh wow! Those are made with love --- lots of work and calories, but they look worth it!