Chicken, brie and apple panini sandwich, sweetened with a drizzle of honey.
Sometimes you just don’t feel like making dinner. But you don’t feel like digging through the menu drawer either. You want something quick, not a lot of pots and pans, not a lot of prep. Think panini.
There are countless variations of panini sandwiches. You can even throw in some fruit or nutella and have a sweet panini for dessert. Whatever your favorites are…veggies, meats, cheeses, pile them between two slices of bread and grill it on a hot panini press and…magic. There’s just something about those ridged grill marks that transforms even the most basic ingredients into a showstopper.
I don’t know about you, but during this of year I feel pulled in a million directions. An easy dinner is not only welcome, but necessary. I open the frig and get ready to pull together a MacGyver meal. My husband coined this term years ago when I would craft a delicious meal from a seemingly empty frig and pantry. For those of you too young to remember, MacGyver was a show that ran in the late 80’s about a secret agent that could get himself out of any jam with ordinary household items (think defusing a bomb with a paperclip). I may not be that skilled, but I can make a pretty tasty pressed sandwich with some leftovers.
I grab a couple of chicken cutlets (leftover from a meal earlier in the week), some Ciabatta bread and brie from snacking over the weekend, a handful of greens, an apple and some honey from the pantry. Add simply dressed greens on the side and in about 10 minutes….dinner! Take a look at the video to see just how simple and scrumptious a panini can be!
- 4 slices Ciabatta bread
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 thin cooked chicken breasts, sliced
- 4 ounces brie cheese sliced
- 1 apple cored and thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp good honey
- 1 cup frisee
Heat panini press on high.
Using a pastry brush, brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil and lay out two slices of bread, oil side down.
Arrange chicken slices on the bread slices, top with brie and apple slices.
Drizzle honey, top with frisee and remaining bread slices, oil side up.
Open the panini press and place each sandwich on the press and close the lid.
Grill sandwich for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Slice in half and enjoy!